Five Piano Shopping Tips
On this article we will be focusing more on the things to consider when buying a piano. However, some of the things that will be mentioned can also be applicable when buying a keyboard.
Some may think that buying a piano is as simple as buying food when in fact there are a lot of things to consider when you buy a piano. A piano can be an investment but if you are still a beginner and is unsure about pursuing a career in piano then you might as well consider some of the things mentioned below.
1. Collect Options. Don't just visit one shop and purchase the first piano you see on the spot. It would be better if you visit several stores and inquire about their pianos before you decide which one you will buy. Visiting a number of stores will allow you to gather options you can choose from.
2. Cost. Always think and consider your budget. Traditional or acoustic pianos can be expensive depending on the brand. If you are just learning how to play one, then it would be best if you buy a not so expensive piano. It is not a great idea to purchase an expensive one that will eventually end up as a display since no one would bother to play it. It would be best if you start with the not so expensive first and eventually buy a more expensive one once you have decided that playing the piano is for you.
3. Test the pianos. Stores selling pianos will allow you to test it before you purchase it. It would be an advantage if you take an experienced pianist and a piano technician with you. With them around they will be able to give you an expert opinion on the pianos in your options list. Testing the pianos along with the experts will help spot some minute errors on the tone or pitch. Don't just test one piano; test all the pianos on your list. It would also be helpful if you are aware of the different sounds each type of piano makes.
4. Parts. Inspect all the piano parts like the keys, the piano hammers, the strings; in other words everything. It is better to check the piano while you're still at the store and you haven't paid yet so that in case you find something out of the ordinary you can always ask the store manager about it.
5. Size. Do not forget to always consider the size of the piano. When you purchase a piano make sure that it will fit your house. It should be able to fit in the space where you want to place it and not crowd your living room or music room. It would be impractical to buy a piano that is too big for your house because you will end up having trouble looking for its appropriate location.
Remember that it takes time to decide on which piano to buy. So when you go shopping for one, provide ample time for testing and inspection. Do not rush because you might end up with the wrong piano.