RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- A country church in Randolph County has one of the world's most expensive pianos.
Grays Chapel Methodist Church was not in the market for a new piano, but a Charlotte doctor was looking for a new home for his family heirloom. The heirloom is a more than 50-year-old, hand-made Bosendorfer 275 concert piano. It is one of the world's most expensive pianos.
Grays Chapel Music Director David Luther said he had heard about the opportunity to aquire the piano through a friend who lives in Greensboro. He told Spectrum News, as soon he played it, he knew it would be perfect for the church.
"Just to have an opportunity of playing on one is incredible," Luther said.
The church purchased the piano for a fraction of its manufacturer's retail price of $229,000. The Viennese instrument was delivered to Grays Chapel on November 18 from its previous owner.
"It was just an unbelievably beautiful piano," Luther explained.
To put the piano's rarity into perspective, Yamaha produces 30,000 pianos a year, while Bosendorfers are manufactured at a rate of 500 annually.
Now church members are helping to pay for the piano through contributions.
The music program is also planning to put on several concerts this year to help promote the piano and their program.