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How To Buy Your First Piano

By , published on 14/07/2017 Blog > Music > Piano > Buying Your First Piano
Contents
  • What Do I Need to Know About Buying My First Piano?
  • Tips For Buying Your First Piano
  • The Different Types of Pianos
  • Perfect Pianos for Beginners
  • Where Can I Buy My First Piano?
  • One Last Thing…

There are several stages to learning to play the piano.

You don’t need to buy a piano the second you start your piano lessons with a private tutor.

However, if you want to get better, buying a piano is a big step towards your goal. So is hiring a private tutor.

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What Do I Need to Know About Buying My First Piano?

Buying your first piano is a special moment for any budding pianist. It’s a genuine investment and you need to find just the right one. Don’t forget all the extra accessories that you need to buy, either!

Before you start, there are a few things you’ll need to know in order to make an informed decision. Be aware of the investment you’re making when you decide to buy a piano. That’s the first thing you have to do.

You need to think about the type of piano you want to buy. Its qualities, its sound, the options it offers. Keep in mind your current ability and what level you expect to get to in the future.

After all that, you need to think about your budget. Don’t forget the extras you’ll have to buy, too! All of this needs to be taken into account.

You can’t take buying a piano lightly.

Can I put a piano in my lounge? Pianos really bring a room together. (Source: Hotel-R)

Tips For Buying Your First Piano

Choosing your first piano is like choosing your first car. You’re excited and eager to get it. You need to keep a few things in mind before you make your decision. Keep a clear head.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are my piano tutorial objectives?

  • Do I have enough space at home?

  • Can I afford it?

  • What characteristics does it have to have and do I have any wiggle room when it comes to my decision?

Right from the start, you have to be planning ahead. Work out how much space you’ll need to house your piano. I can’t stress that enough. Will its sound work in the space you’ll be putting it?

For example, if you live in a small apartment, it’s likely that you’ll want a nice digital piano rather than an upright.

You need a big room in order to get the best out of a grand piano. Don’t forget about your budget, either!

In my opinion, physical space is just as important as your budget when it comes to buying your piano.

Once you’ve worked all this out, you need to start thinking about the type of piano you’ll be buying, what you expect out of it, and how much you’re willing to spend on it, of course!

The Different Types of Pianos

Here are the three main types of piano you can buy:

  • Digital Pianos/Electronic Pianos: These are great for starting out. Especially when you’re pushed for space or somewhere to store it. A nice electronic piano is great for getting used to the keys. It’s also much easier to transport from place to place. They’re often more affordable than the other types of pianos, too, with prices starting at around the $200 mark, and they don’t need to be tuned by technicians.

  • Upright Pianos: The upright piano is the most common acoustic piano on the market. It’s a great all-rounder in terms of sound and less expensive than a grand piano. I would advise waiting a bit before investing in an upright piano just so you can make sure that playing the piano is for you. Even used upright pianos can be expensive. Make sure you can validate the investment before you buy. If you can, then go for it! They sound beautiful and can really bring a whole room together.

  • Grand Pianos: The Rolls Royce of pianos. A beautiful instrument that will be the center of any room, even if it’s in the corner! They sound amazing, too! However, they’re not the best idea if you’re just starting out. Grand pianos, especially top brands like Steinway & Sons and Kawai, can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Think very seriously before you buy one. Once you’ve mastered the piano, there’s nothing more beautiful than a quality grand piano. Remember that there are plenty of different types of grand pianos in different sizes, from a smaller baby grand piano to a massive concert grand piano.

What's the perfect piano for me? Your first piano should suit you. (Source: Fault Magazine)

Perfect Pianos for Beginners

Whether you’re looking at used pianos or you have to get a new piano, here are a few great pianos. Which is the best piano? With so many piano brands, it can be tricky. It depends on what you’re looking for. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses:

  • Yamaha PSR-F50: With 61 keys and 120 different voices, this Yamaha piano keyboard only weighs 7.5lbs and is ideal for anyone beginning. At a very affordable $99.

  • Yamaha DGX-650WH: A must-have electronic piano. A realistic 88-key piano with a wide range of sounds. You can also record on it. Perfect if you’re working with a private piano teacher. Priced around $750.

  • Materai 118C: An excellent upright piano that sounds great wherever it’s put. A beautiful piece of furniture. A long-term investment. Around $5,000 new. You’ll also need to think about paying for a piano technician or piano tuner for piano tuning twice a year.

  • Steingraeber B 192: A beautiful boudoir grand piano with the sound of a concert grand. A timeless piece of furniture that would be the centerpiece of any room and even good enough to play concerts. Definitely for advanced pianists. Around $12,500.

In terms of who’s playing them, some pianos are better for beginners (like the Yamaha PSR-F50).

Where Can I Buy My First Piano?

What are my choices when it comes to buying my first piano? Buying from a piano store or piano dealer.

The advantage of buying from a store is that you can try before you buy. You can also see how big it is, how it looks, and hear how it sounds. Most importantly, you can find out how it feels to play.

To be honest, you have to try a piano before you buy it. When you go to a specialized music store, you can also ask the staff for their advice. I believe this is the best way to buy a piano and start learning.

Buying On-line

The Internet is the simplest way to buy a piano and the necessary accessories. Just a few clicks and you’re done. However, while there are sometimes good offers and piano sales, you can’t always be sure that it matches the pictures or its description.

Sites like Amazon are good, but specialized sites tend to be better.

Non-specialized sites don’t tend to describe the products well.

I would recommend doing a bit of research on-line before making your decision. That way you’re less likely to have any unwanted surprises.

Be wary of prices that seem too good to be true as they often are!

Buying a Used Piano

We know that a piano’s a huge long-term investment. You can get great deals by choosing not to buy new.

Whatever you choose, a piano’s still a piano.

Where should I buy a piano? Piano stores are probably the best places to get quality pianos. (Source: Sweetwater)

Whether on-line (from sites like craigslist) or through word of mouth, there are loads of great ways to find a used, rebuilt, or restored piano for sale. Don’t forget that when you buy from a private seller, you’ll probably have to hire piano movers just to get the piano to your place. Make sure you’ve budgeted for that, too!

However, there are some things you take into account. You need to know the maximum you’re going to spend. Do as much research as possible to make sure that you’re not getting ripped off.

Check the piano before any money changes hands. Make sure the piano you’re buying is in a good condition and that it fully works. The last thing you want to do is buy a faulty piano.

One Last Thing…

Before you go, let me say: Be crafty!

Let me explain… Buying a piano is a huge investment. Always try and get the best deal you can. If you’re in a music shop or buying from a private seller, barter for the stool, sheet music, and any extras you can get your hands on. Make whoever’s selling the piano feel like they’ve earned their sale.

If you’re buying on-line or from a store, make sure you have at least a three-year warranty. If everything’s good to go, let your piano learning adventure begin!

You’ll see that the relationship between a musician and their musical instrument is a marvelous thing and an incredibly powerful feeling.

Compare it to the link between a person and their car. You’ll find the same kind of feeling when you’re playing music on your very own instrument. You’ll grow so attached to your first piano. So much so that you’ll probably remember it for the rest of your life!

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