How to Buy a Piano
Pianos are costly instruments. To guard the value of your investment, nothing should be left to chance when buying a piano, either new or old. It can be an overwhelming and tricky business due to the different varieties, styles, and characteristics of pianos available in the market. When buying a new piano, it is always advisable to consider a piano of slightly higher quality than the one you had in mind. High quality pianos are always an outstanding investment as they always preserve their value. This factor should also be considered when buying a used piano.
The buyer should always consider the available and the required space when buying a new piano, for example Grand Pianos are known to consume a lot of space in the house. If the space is not enough, the buyer can consider buying a baby piano which consumes less space yet produces similar sound quality. This consideration should also be factored in when buying an old piano.
Depending on the availability of money and space, an individual should go for the tallest upright piano or the longest grand when buying a new piano. This is also the case when buying a used piano. Pianos with bigger soundboards and longer strings produce better tones. When confronted with a challenge of choosing between an upright piano and a grand, the buyer should always choose the grand due its superior characteristics. The action of Grand pianos permits quicker repetition of notes and offers outstanding restrained control of expression and tone.
The piano market is flooded with all sorts of pianos coming from countries such as Japan, US, Korea, Germany and Russia. It is therefore a tricky affair to generalize one brand over another when buying for a new or used piano. Professional services are required to help you decide which brand is best when buying a new or used piano.
When buying a new piano, you can take time visiting piano stores and make sure that you see as many pianos as possible. This will give you time to get an informed idea about the pianos’ similarities and differences in tone and touch. However, a buyer should enlist the services of a qualified piano technician when buying a used piano because it is trickier than when one is buying a new one. The buyer should then narrow down his choice to about three or four pianos whose appearance, quality, tone, and touch appeals to him. Afterwards, the buyer should negotiate a price and bargain.
New pianos should come with at least a bench and one discount tuning. An individual buying a new piano should also be given a warranty, usually ranging from five to ten years. The buyer should specifically check if the warranty covers both parts and labor, and if it’s transferable to a third party incase he decides to dispose of the property. A warranty automatically improves the resale value of the piano. However, such privileges may not be available for one buying a used piano. The services of a qualified piano technician must then be enlisted to inspect the piano’s interior details which the buyer may not be privy to.