Buying a Used Piano
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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.
When shopping for a used piano, keep these helpful hints in mind:
- Have a budget in mind before you begin, but try to have some flexibility in case you find an unexpectedly good opportunity.
- Know up front if you want a grand or upright piano.
- Know the dimensions of the room in which the piano will be placed.
- 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.
- Even if you do play, you may want to bring along a more experienced pianist or even a piano tuner to help you.
- 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.
- If possible, get a detailed history of the piano, including previous owners and use.
- Shop for a piano at a reputable piano store. They have the resources and expertise to restore and maintain a used piano properly.
- Play, play, play! Try out a number of instruments to find the one that provide the right tone and touch for you.
- 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.
- Ask for at least one free tuning upon delivery and another during the first year you own the piano.