For beginners who wish to buy a piano and practice to their hearts content, they need to know first what to look for when buying a piano. It is every pianist’s dream to be able to perform on stage and be able to captivate the audience with music just like the masters – Beethoven, Bach, Chopin and others. But it all starts with getting the right piano for you.
So, if you are ever out to check for the best piano, here are some pointers that you need to consider before you end up buying the wrong piano.
1. Purpose of the Piano
If you want to buy the piano just for practice, then you need to pick an upright piano – the best choice for beginners. They go by different brands and you do not need to splurge too much on upright pianos if you are just a beginner. There will always be room for saving a better one in the future when you are ready.
Did you know that there are about 12,000 piano brands according to the Pierce Piano Atlas? Unfortunately, there are only a few of them that are considered good.
· August Forster (German brand) which might run for $15,000 to $25,000
· Bohemia which can run around $9,000
· Yamaha – more preferred and cheaper
However, if you have other purpose for a piano like as an addition to your room’s design, then grand pianos are an option. Take note that grand pianos do not come cheap, but they do improve the home’s appearance.
2. Go for Quality
A good quality piano is expensive, but worth every penny. You need to understand that the higher the tone quality and the finer the materials used in the piano, the more expensive they get. Though you do not have to just base on what the dealer tells you, bring a friend who is an expert with pianos to help you choose one that have a better quality. For beginners, though this might be a bit costly if you go by quality, but this is a long-term investment. Just look around for a bit – you might find one that is within your budget. You can even look for second-hand ones that are of good quality and less than the price market.
3. Condition of the Piano
You have the option to buy new or used - depending on your preference. Before you make your decision, make sure to check the piano – test it for anything out of the ordinary such as the pedal frame, keys, tune, and other important parts. Do this to either new or used pianos, but more so for the used ones. Do not buy without testing it. Every smart buyer would always test the product before they make a sound purchase. You want to be happy with the product you bought? So, it is better to test it first.
4. Aesthetic Appeal
It is just natural to buy something that is based on design and color. Everyone is visual and even for beginners, it is best to buy a piano based on color according to what you prefer. However, do not just make a decision based on the color or design alone, remember there are other factors that you need to take into account before you buy if you want to be satisfied with your purchase.
As a little guide to colors, if you want to buy a piano that brings a classic appeal, black piano is the best option and is the most popular choice by many. Another shade that is second in line is the mahogany color. It is classy and is a great addition to any living room with any design themes.
This is the most important of all the five factors and dictates your choice. As any other purchase, piano comes in different price tags. Of course, the ones that are made of top quality materials as well as produce a finer tune and based on top brands are more expensive. But you need to remember that purchasing a piano is an investment made for long-term. Then again, if your budget does not allow you to buy one that you want, then buy a piano that is within your price range. Even second-hand pianos are good if they are kept in good condition plus they are way cheaper than the brand new ones.
So the next time you are ready to go out and buy a piano, make sure you keep a checklist to guide you with your purchase.