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Frequently Asked Questions

July 16, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

Buying a piano is a big decision that requires some research and planning. Here are some frequently asked questions that can help you choose the right instrument for your needs and budget:

  • How much am I willing to spend? Pianos vary in price and quality, and they usually maintain their value over time. You can find new upright pianos starting from around $5,000 and new grand pianos starting from around $10,000. Used pianos can be less expensive, but they may need more maintenance and repairs. You should also factor in the cost of tuning, moving, and accessories like a bench or a cover. Some piano stores include these services and accessories. 

  • What style do I want? Pianos come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, and you should choose one that suits your taste and space. Upright pianos are more compact and suitable for smaller rooms, while grand pianos produce a richer sound and a wider range of tones but require more space. You should also consider the design, finish, and brand of the piano. 

  • Do I buy from a retailer or a private individual? Retailers often offer warranties, services, and delivery, but private sellers may have lower prices and more room for negotiation. However, buying from a private seller also involves more risk and work. You should always inspect the piano carefully and hire a professional tuner or technician to check for any problems or damage before buying from a private seller. 

  • How is the action? The action refers to how the keys respond to your touch, and you should test if the keys are smooth, even, and responsive. You should also check if the pedals work properly and if there are any squeaks or noises when you play. The action can affect your playing technique and expression.

  • How do the bass notes sound? The bass notes should sound rich and full, not dull or muddy. You can compare the sound of different pianos by playing the same chords or scales in the lower register. The quality of the bass notes depends on the size and condition of the strings and the soundboard.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask our team of experts!

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