We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's well-known that the Chinese rightly love Western music, and love our "serious" music more than our pop music (not that I believe that any music is really "serious"). It is no surprise that they love ours, because their traditional music is hideous.
China made 379,746 pianos last year, 77 per cent of global output, almost all of it for domestic sale. Multiply that by ten for second-hand sales and you are still nowhere near the popular estimate that 60 million Chinese children are currently playing the piano, equivalent to the entire population of the United Kingdom sitting down every evening and practising scales for two hours.
I wish that I had had a better piano teacher when I was a kid but that sounds like lame excuse-making. I have no musical talent at all, but I always have wanted to make just a little music for myself instead of pushing a button for it like a king with his court musicians. I wanted to understand what was behind the pieces I was learning to play, and she kept saying "that's for later." Then, eventually, there was no later. I should have been learning scales, and why scales exist. Or maybe not. I have a friend who is taking up piano in middle age, and is having a wonderful time with it. Great delight learning scales and jazz chords.
Every home needs at least one person practicing music, however well or poorly.
Maybe this is like our post about new math. You either have it, or you don't, but there is a gray zone.
go for it. It is never too late to learn an instrument. A friend of mine took up the guitar in his twenties. He practiced and practiced. Now he teaches guitar and has a few gigs on the side in restaurants and small cafes.
Later is now. Go for it. I had similarly hideous teachers growing up. But I had the perfect space in our new home for a grand piano, so I went for it. Then, in an effort to (somewhat) merit my gorgeous Estonia, I started taking lessons again. My kids and husband love to hear me play, even though I'm not very good. Off now to play them all to sleep.
Ditto the Above. Took up Saxophone in my late '20s & later when I had carpal-ish hand issues took up trumpet.
As for pianos, if you want a cheap used piano now is the golden time to get one. Piano sales in the U.S. were tremendous from the late 19th way up into the 20th Century. Mostly unwanted, now - there are tons of them available.
Often you can get them for free, if you'll only come and pick it up!! Do a little waiting & you can find one that's in good shape and doesn't need too much maintenance work, though tuning is almost always necessary.
What I hear is that tons are available because tuning is somewhere between difficult and impossible. Over time even steel frames bend, and what we were told is that a lot of machines have just worn out. One of the people that talked to me about this is a pianist unhappy that the church was going to have to replace the piano.
Just this past weekend I was working around the patio and heard My Better Two-thirds playing on the Young Chang upright I'd given her as an anniversary present MANY years ago. I love it when I hear her playing. It is unusual for her to play on that one as we have a Steinway grand (1934 IIRC) but the upright was in better tune. That problem will be resolved soon.
As the girls grew up they were forever practicing violin, cello, and piano. It took some years before those sounded good but it eventually happened. The school band clarinets, on the other hand... Those were sent back to school with instructions to practice Down ByThe Old Mill Stream and Far, Far Away.