A piano’s worth depends on various factors, especially a used piano. A large number of people believe that used pianos are equal to an economical buy, but I can assure you that it is not. The following are six pros and cons with reference to purchasing a used piano:
Pros of Purchasing a Used Piano
1. The Voice Ages Well – The voice or sound of a quality used piano usually ages very well. Although the timbre quality of a piano that was well maintained may change over the years, it should not expand a contrasting tone (this typically occurs with new pianos that were poorly put together).
2. You Might Stagger Upon a Great Deal – Most private sellers are often in a hurry to sell their piano, due to a move or lack of interest in it, while others may sell because they need the money. Bring along a reputable RPT to look at the piano and determine if it is worth purchasing.
3. The History Behind the Piano is Alluring – This can be true for most pianos, and the story behind it can even be mysterious. Nevertheless, make sure that the story is a positive one! A well-maintained piano has a lifespan of over 60 years, so do not be shocked if you learn that the owner purchased the unit about one or two decades ago.
4. Aesthetic Value – A used piano can be very attractive, especially if it is well looked after. More often than not, there are no additional expenses to maintain the exterior.
5. Affordability – Used pianos are cheaper than brand new pianos. The key is to find a quality used piano, and this can regularly be achieved by hiring a reputable RPT to test the exterior and interior of the piano.
6. Massive Selection – Used pianos are in abundance, but like making any huge purchase, you need to be very careful and ensure that proper research is done before you make the payment.
Cons of Buying a Used Piano
1. A Flexible Budget is Important – Keep in mind that a high-end used instrument will cost a lot of money up front. Therefore, a lesser-known brand, but of good quality should be your first choice, as you can easily find one within the price range of $800 to $30,000.
2. A Possibility of Getting Ripped Off – Some private sellers may sell their piano at a much higher cost even though the unit itself is in a bad condition. As aforementioned, bring an experienced RPT to scrutinize the unit.
3. Mold Growth is Unavoidable – Mold can grow easily in used pianos that are not looked after very well. If this is the case with the used piano, there is a chance that it can impair your health. Avoid buying one that has mold growing in the piano.
4. More Susceptible to Stress – Used pianos are more susceptible to stress because they have experienced a lot of usage throughout the years. Repetitive moving, loud playing, and fluctuating climates can cause numerous issues with tuning. Therefore, the value of the piano will decrease even more over time.
5. Shopping can be Difficult and Confusing – Shopping for a used piano can be difficult and confusing, especially if you are a beginner. There are many things that you need to know about pianos first before you even think about purchasing one.
6. There are No Warranties – Used pianos normally do not come with warranties unless they are less than 2 years old. Most warranties (for new pianos) last between 5 and 8 years, thus, you need to ask about the warranty if the used piano that you are buying is less than 4 years old.
If you do not have a decent budget allocated, would you buy a brand new piano or would a used piano suffice?