I have always wanted to learn to play the piano and am currently borrowing a full size keyboard from a friend. I am doing quite well and making good progress however I made the mistake of telling my mum that I was only borrowing the keyboard I had and was looking at buying another.
So at a car boot sale at the weekend she bought me another keyboard. Very nice of her, I know.
However I've just gone to pick it up and its actually a pretty old fashioned children's keyboard. Half the size of the one I'm borrowing and sounds awful. It SOUNDS like a toy. I can't learn on it, I can't even practice on it. The songs I've learnt need more keys than this keyboard actually has.
I obviously thanked her anyway and took it home but she's quite pleased with herself and keeps saying "great! now you can send the other one back to your friend!" but I have no intention of sending the other one back and sooner or later she'll notice it's still here.
What would you do in this situation? AIBU? an ungrateful cow maybe?
I'd have said what you said here tbh. I'm very direct though. It's not rude to be honest. If it was my mum I'd have wrapped it in a bullshit sandwich to be kind, she was lovely my mum! 'Oh thanks so much for thinking of me but this one doesnt have enough keys and is more for children. So lovely of you to pick it up for me though, love you, you're so thoughful'
Then give to nearest charity shop or back to mum to car boot.
I'd say nothing unless she asks, if so explain that the new keyboard doesn't cover the range you need. No need to mention the poor quality. You've thanked her and behaved in a gracious way imo, so leave it at that.