A piano purchase can be an overwhelming experience. You have a lot of options to select from, particularly when it comes to brands and models. This basic guide to buying pianos will help you in making the best choice.

It’s all about the budget. Determine what you have to spend, and if you are able to afford a used or new piano. Be aware that a quality piano will last for an average of about forty years.  If you are looking for a piano, you can visit us for more information.

A piano of higher quality is better than the one you consider you can afford. So you will be able to learn and grow as the piano grows. Avoid buying a used, old piano that is cheap. If you buy a cheap piano that is of low quality, it will be difficult to enjoy the experience and may even lead you away from playing.

Measuring the Area – Determine the size of the area where the piano will be placed. A space measuring 5 feet wide and 2 feet depth is required for upright pianos (plus two feet extra to allow room for the bench, pianist, etc.). Grand pianos will require between 5-7 feet x 4.5-9.5 foot depth, depending on models (plus an additional 2 feet for pianist and bench). Be aware that humidity changes and temperatures near the piano will affect the tuning. You should place your piano against an interior wall away from radiators and heat-producing sources, such as air conditioners or direct sunlight.

You can do some shopping research from home. Learn the terms, and you will have a much better idea of what to look for. You should then visit several stores to make your final choice.

You don’t have to rush. Make a promise not to purchase a piano at your first visit. Try as many as possible. Learn the subtle differences in each piano’s tone, feel and quality. It will be much easier to determine which piano is your favorite.

Consult an experienced piano tech – When you are done with the pianos you like, make a final check by a qualified piano technician. It’s important that you do this, as it could save you thousands of dollars if your instrument doesn’t work properly.

Do you have a warranty that covers parts, labor, and delivery? If you choose to sell the instrument, is the warranty transferable? Do they offer piano maintenance? Last but not least, you should negotiate on a cost and confirm that this includes a free bench, delivery, and at the very least, one complimentary tuning.

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