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Considering an “experienced” instrument is a frequent starting point for many entering the piano market.
The 2 minute video below uses a simple geometric concept to explain some simple truths about piano construction and the effects of time.

Top Ten Used Piano Shopping Tips:

  1. Have a budget in mind before you begin, but try to have some flexibility in case you find an unexpectedly good opportunity.
  2. Know up front if you want a grand or upright piano.
  3. Know the dimensions of the room in which the piano will be placed.
  4. If you do not play the piano, bring along a friend who does play to help judge the tone and touch of the pianos you are considering.
  5. Even if you do play, you may want to bring along a more experienced pianist or even a piano tuner to help you.
  6. Don’t judge a piano solely by the condition of the case. A used piano may have some nicks or scratches on the exterior case that do not affect the sound of the instrument.
  7. If possible, get a detailed history of the piano, including previous owners and use.
  8. Shop for a piano at a reputable piano store. They have the resources and expertise to restore and maintain a used piano properly.
  9. Play, play, play! Try out a number of instruments to find the one that provide the right tone and touch for you.
  10. Find out up front if delivery is included or is an extra cost. Do not try to move the piano yourself – this can damage the case and the inner workings.

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Newton

1069 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02465
Phone:
508-655-7373
Store Hours:
Thursday-Sunday : Noon to 5pm
All other times: Open by appointment

During the Covid-19 period our dedicated team is ready and able to help! Please call 617-426-1900 or email appointment@msteinert.com to request a virtual appointment for assistance with any of your piano needs.

Boston

162 Boylston Street, Second Floor
Boston, MA 02116
Phone:
617-426-1900
Store Hours:
Thursday to Saturday: Noon to 5pm
All other times: Open by Appointment

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Damrell Street

28 Damrell Street
Boston, MA 02127
Phone:
617-426-1900
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