How to Shop and Choose the Best Piano for Your Needs

How to Shop and Choose the Best Piano for Your Needs

It can be a daunting task if you’re looking to buy a piano for yourself or a loved one. Knowing where to start can take time and effort with so many options available. We like to tell people to start with a bit of research. We’ve created hundreds of posts here to help you through the process. It’ll help you dive deeper into what a piano will bring into your life and what to look for when you shop.   

Determine Your Needs

The first step is to determine what those needs are. Are you a beginning student just starting, or an advanced pianist looking for a high-quality instrument? Do you plan on performing in public, or is the piano primarily for personal use at home?

Answering these questions will help you determine what kind of piano you need. Beginning students generally want a more affordable option that’s easy to play and learn, while advanced pianists prefer a higher-end instrument with more features and capabilities. This is where it’s a good idea to ask others in the industry for their professional opinion. We’re always here to help.

Set a Budget

Once you’ve determined your needs, the next step is to set a budget. Pianos can range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars, so knowing how much you’re willing to spend is important.

Keep in mind that used pianos can be more affordable, and offer you the chance to own a superior piano on a lower budget. New pianos are always a good option, offering warranties and years of enjoyment.

Research Your Options

Considering your needs and budget, it’s time to research your options. Start by looking online at different piano brands and models to understand what’s available. Read reviews and watch videos to get an idea of what other pianos sound like and how they perform.

Now is the time to visit our piano showroom to see and play different pianos in person. This will give you a better sense of how they feel and sound, and help you make a more informed decision.

Consider New vs Used

When it comes to buying a piano, you have the option of buying new or used. Used pianos can be more affordable, but they may require more maintenance and repairs over time, depending on where you buy it from. On the other hand, new pianos often come with warranties and may require less maintenance, but they can be more expensive upfront.

If you decide to buy a used piano, make sure to have it inspected by a professional technician before making a purchase. This will ensure that the piano is in good condition and has no hidden issues. Buying from a reputable dealer means we’ve already inspected for you. Used pianos never leave our showroom without a thorough inspection. 

Choose the Right Size and Type

Pianos come in a variety of sizes and types, each with its own unique features and capabilities. Upright pianos take up less space, while grand pianos offer a rich and powerful sound.

Consider your space limitations and playing style when choosing the size and type of piano. For example, a grand piano may be a better option if you plan on performing in public. If you have limited space at home, an upright piano may be a more practical choice.

Try Before You Buy

Before making a final decision, make sure to try out the piano in person. Play a few pieces and get a sense of how the piano sounds and feels. Make sure it’s comfortable to play and that you enjoy the sound.

If possible, bring along a piano teacher or experienced pianist to get their opinion as well. They can offer valuable insights and help you make a more informed decision.

Consider Additional Features

Consider what additional features, if any, are essential to you and your playing style. Some pianos come with recording capabilities or built-in metronomes. Keep in mind that additional features may come at an additional cost, so make sure to factor that into your budget.

Take Care of Your Piano

Once you’ve chosen and purchased your piano, taking care of it is essential. Regular maintenance and tuning can keep your piano in good condition and ensure it sounds its best.

If you need help caring for your piano, consider hiring a professional technician to help you. They can provide valuable advice and guidance on how to keep your piano in top shape. You can also learn a lot by working with a reputable piano dealer. Just ask.  

Is now the time to start shopping for the best piano to suit your needs?