@isa.usz playing some Chopin on the Gallery’s early 1900s Blüthner Grand Piano. We always welcome people to play the piano if they wish, provided they know what they are doing! There is great debate in conservation circles whether instruments in collections should be played. In Fyvie’s case we allow the piano to be played (sensibly). For one, its apparently the best way of keeping a piano clean, to actually play it! With pianos it prevents dust collecting on the strings which in turn encourages rusting. So it’s not just enjoyable to fill the room with music, it’s helping prolong the instrument’s life! Also, there is the argument that an instrument’s value is in the sound it produces. Left silent, then they are merely inert objects; they are like paintings and tapestries stripped of their colours. It is only when they are played that their true wonder can be appreciated.