How To Buy An Upright Piano

How To Buy An Upright Piano

A piano. That would be the perfect addition to your home. You’ve wanted your kids to learn to play, and you wouldn’t mind picking up on the piano lessons you had long ago. It could be a wonderful addition to your home. Except for one problem; space. Where would you put it in your small home?

How To Buy An Upright PianoWhen many people think “piano”, they tend to think of the grand pianos they see on television or in concerts. But pianos are so much more – there really is a size and style for just about every situation.

What you need is an upright piano. An upright piano takes very little space and can be placed along a wall or in many tight corners of your home. Yes it is possible. And here are a few tips on how to buy one.

  • Look for the name brand on the piano. You can usually find this on the fallboard (the covering for the piano keys) or under the lid of the piano on a metal plate. If you are unable to find a name brand, the piano may have been a simple started piano. The brand will help you determine the overall lasting quality of the piano, so do your best to determine the brand.
  • Measure the piano. A studio upright is normally between 44 inches and 49 inches. A full-size upright is anything in excess of 49 inches. Taller pianos have longer strings and larger soundboards – all factors in creating a better sound.
  • Determine the age of the piano. The seller will usually have an idea of the age of the piano. If not, you can usually find a serial number on the metal plate to help you figure out the age. Age is important because no matter how good of shape an old piano is in, it is still old. If you can’t verify its restoration process, which a quality dealer will be able to provide to you, you are taking a risk with sound quality.
  • Ask questions about the piano. Find out where the piano was stored, when the last time was that it had a tuning, how often it was used, etc. Ask detailed questions to help you determine if the piano was well maintained – or simply left unforgotten in a garage or basement.
  • Test the keys of the piano to make sure that each one works. Find out if and when the piano had any major repairs performed. Finally, discuss the price and warranty. Even if you are buying used, if you buy from a certified dealer, you may still be eligible for a warranty.

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