I have been passionate about pianos for many, many years. As an experienced piano dealer and a pianist, I have seen multiple times how purchasing a quality piano for sale can be an overwhelming and exigent task for scores of people. I can empathize as to how difficult it can be at times, so I decided to write a few guidelines on what one should look for when purchasing a piano. By following these guidelines, you will end up with a good quality instrument that can last a lifetime.
What You Pay is What You Get
Never ever purchase a musical instrument simply because it is cheap. Without an accurate assessment, you may get away with a cheap piano, but in the end, you may have to spend more money than you anticipated in piano repair. I came across a large number of people who experienced such circumstances and they ended up giving up on their eagerness and pleasure toward playing the musical instrument, only because they made a poor judgment call.
If this is your first time purchasing a piano for sale, you should definitely see it as a major acquisition that entails careful deliberation. As with any huge purchases, you end up with what you pay for, so if you are looking to purchase an original piano that works well and is long lasting, you should expect to pay anything from $4,000 to $5,500 for an entry level studio or console piano.
If you want an entry-level grand piano, then be prepared to pay between $10,000 and $14,000. High-end brands such as Steinway, Baldwin or Bosendorfer will certainly cost a lot more, but the prices mentioned above give you a great idea as to what you will acquire with that amount of money. Pianos that cost less than $4,000 will not measure up to your expectations, certainly not over time.
Blueprint of a Piano
In this day and time, pianos are still fundamentally an old world technology, which means the durability, playability and tonal quality of a piano starts with its materials, design and the artisanship in putting it together. In terms of the exterior, any piano can appear the same. However, a large number of intricacies that go into building one can affect the way it plays and the sound it emits. All the intricacies include action design, scaling, rim or back of the musical instrument, the plate, the pin block and soundboard.
When buying a piano for sale, I always advise my customers to pick the right design for the kind of use they intend for their pianos. If you have the means and space, a grand piano is an ideal buy because it has a superior design over an upright piano. Furthermore, the sound and action response is simply better.
Nevertheless, if you do not have a large space for it and you do not want to overspend on a grand piano, you should consider buying a studio or a full size upright piano. The console is a better choice for beginners or intermediate players. On the other hand, if you are looking for one that can produce sonorous sound, then the full or studio upright is one that you should take into consideration. The spinet is not ideal at all because the sound is not as powerful as any other pianos that are available out there.
Buying a Piano – The Quality of the Musical Instrument
The next main component of pianos is the quality of the materials used to create them. Pianos are mainly made of wood, while the rest of them consist of metals (normally cast and iron frames) and felts. The type and quality of wood utilized in all the various parts of the pianos can make a huge difference in the way that they play and sound.
What was your experience when buying a piano for sale?