A Piano Dealer Does More Than You Think

A Piano Dealer Does More Than You Think

Are you ready to buy a piano? Are you debating between new and used? While you might be able to find some “deals” with a little searching, nothing feels the same as bringing a brand new one into your home. 

Don’t think of a piano dealer as someone who is merely the middleman between the manufacturer and you. Dealers do a lot more than pulling a piano out of a crate. A lot can happen between where the piano was put together and it’s final resting spot on the dealer’s floor. The dealer ensures it’s brought to full musicality before it makes its way to your home. A Piano Dealer Does More Than You Think

Tuning

Piano parts undergo a lot of stress after being stretched and pulled and placed together. That takes time to adjust. The strings have to stop stretching. The wood has to stop settling. The soundboard has to settle into its new position. That means all of the pieces can quickly cause the piano to fall out of tune. It’s typical for a piano to take up to two years to settle. And that means it can quickly fall out of tune. Dealers will tune it as soon as they set it up on the showroom floor. They also continue to tune it over time, until you make your selection and its moved into your home. 

Action

A piano has thousands of moving parts. And most of these parts are a part of the key assembly. Every time a key is pressed and the hammer is released to strike the strings, this performance is known as the action. This process can be stiff as the thousands of tiny parts are brought together for the first time on the manufacturer’s floor. It goes through a break-in period as it adjusts and stabilizes. And it continues as potential buyers consider it sitting on the showroom floor. Dealers monitor that and adjust as settling and environmental changes occur. 

Voicing

If you’ve ever played several pianos in succession and noticed that all sound distinctly different, that’s voicing. It’s the tonal quality a piano produces based on the parts used during production. It’s the hardness of the felt; the accuracy of the strings. It’s every part coming together to give the piano its unique personality. That can be adjusted as a piano continue to be broken in. It takes a little adjusting here and a little tweaking there to give it its unique, rich-sounding quality. 

Finishing

Of course, the outside has to look as good as the inside. Which is why a dealer will touch up and polish every inch of the piano to ensure it’s in top condition. A lot can happen in a crate as it makes its way hundreds, even thousands of miles from its origination point. And a dealer ensures it’s back up to its original condition. 

Are you ready to bring a new piano into your home? 

Why You Should Buy A Used Piano From A Music Store

Why You Should Buy A Used Piano From A Music Store

Buying a used piano isn’t difficult to do. A search online will yield you unlimited results on pianos available. But there are reasons that buying from a reputable music store might be your best bet.

Better condition
A reputable piano dealer will learn all it can about the piano it sells to you. Unless it is being sold “as is”, you’ll know any defects it may have. That means when you take the piano home, you will be assured it is structurally and mechanically sound. This helps you avoid immediate costs for cleaning, repairing squeaks, tuning, and repairing loose legs or moving parts. Used pianos from a music store usually come with a verifiable history attached.

A better experience
Buying online requires you to have top skills in negotiating, investigating and moving. When you visit a music store, their goal is to ensure you leave with the best experience. They will answer every question you have about a piano in a clear way. They will ensure you understand the care a piano needs. They will help you move it safely from the store to your home. You will leave with a better understanding of how the piano will enhance your daily life.

Develop a resource
Depending on the piano dealer you select, you will have a resource for years of enjoyment. They will help you find and select music to play. They can make recommendations for lessons and teachers. They can provide help to select accessories such as piano benches and lights. They also often have trade up policies which allows you to increase the level of piano you own as you increase your knowledge of playing.

Save money
When you take home a used piano from a reputable piano dealer, you will know your piano will be in perfect working condition and provide instant enjoyment from the moment it enters your house. You won’t have tuning, repairing or refurbishing costs immediately tacked on. In some cases, you may have warranties in place that cover you from future repairs. You’ll also know that the money you invested in your piano is money well spent; you received the best piano for your money.

What are your experiences from buying a used piano?