Is A New Piano Better Than A Used One?

Is A New Piano Better Than A Used One?

If you’re in the market for a piano, where should you start? Is a new piano better than a used one? Should you look in the classifieds or focus on working with a dealer?

It should come as no surprise to you that fewer people these days play an instrument. All you have to do is look at the school system to determine that. Where every child once learned music in some fashion, with today’s focus on STEM and sports, music has been pushed aside to be an extracurricular activity. 

For many homeowners, the thought of having a piano sitting in their homes is for one of three reasons. Some play, and want a great sounding piano available whenever they have time. Others have a desire to play, and hold onto a piano for the day they have more time. Finally, the last category is people that purchase pianos for aesthetics instead of playability. They want a piano as a piece of furniture, they want it to add to the looks of their homes. Playability is mostly a moot point. 

If you’re in the market for a new piano, your first question should be: why do I want a piano? Is it to play it? Is it to grow as a pianist? Is it to start up a new hobby? Or is it merely to have a piece of furniture on display?

And finally, how important is sound? Because the world of manufacturing has changed considerably over the past couple of generations. 

For many piano manufacturers, pride comes from the way the instrument performs. They build it by hand. They focus on tonal quality, ensuring every note makes beautiful music. 

But because there is a marketplace for every want and desire, China has now entered piano making too. They cater to “entry level”, focusing on giving you a low price for an instrument that looks good sitting in your home. Unfortunately, looks aren’t everything. If you want a high quality instrument that lasts for years, you might not find it in this new wave of pianos. 

Is a new piano better than an old one? Not necessarily. 

Why are you in the market for a piano in the first place? If you want one to play, it might be better to shop used. 

We have a complete selection of used pianos, made with high quality standards and skill. The only way to find the perfect instrument is to stop by, look and hear what each sounds like. We can help you make the right selection for your home.