I happened upon a rather unusual scene last week while visiting the Swartzentruber Amish settlement near Sinking Spring, Ohio. I saw some teenage Amish boys cleaning up a piano, getting it's keys all shined up and melodies in order. It's not every day one sees a piano at an Amish home, but the home's owner, Eli Stutzman, explained it like this: "We aren't allowed to have a piano, but it was in the house when we bought it so they're trying to clean it up and sell it an auction." One of the boys asked me how much I thought it'd fetch but I had to confess that I just wasn't sure ($300 - $400?), it wasn't like it was a grand piano. The keys all seemed to be pretty well in tune. Any piano experts out there have any thoughts? As an aside, musical instruments are something generally not found in Amish homes. In the Amish way of thinking, instruments undermine the voice which is viewed as the only instrument. I have heard of on occasional Amish people playing the harmonica, but such an indulgence would be a rarity.
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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.