When It’s Time To Let An Old Piano Go

When It’s Time To Let An Old Piano Go

Buying a piano can bring you a lifetime of enjoyment. In most cases, you can expect a piano to last anywhere from 30 to 50 years. 

But what does that really mean? Whether you’re considering a used piano, or are leaning towards a new one to add longevity to your purchase, these few tips can help you make a wise decision before you buy. 

How old is too old? 

We often hear this question when people are considering a used piano. Should you invest in an instrument that has already been played for years? 

For most mass-produced pianos, they typically provide thirty good years of playing. It’s not uncommon for a well cared for piano to last 50 years or beyond. The key is maintenance. If a pianist takes care of the instrument, it will give you a long life. 

For hand-crafted pianos, they can last for decades with proper care. They are made from the finest materials, and will stand the test of time. 

When should you replace a piano? 

With most things in life, you upgrade as you become proficient and require different features. A piano is no different. 

We often suggest beginning students select a workhorse that can provide high-quality while they learn the basics. Then as you become more proficient in your skill level, you can upgrade to have a piano better suited for your needs. 

Listen to the quality of the sound. We each hear tones and pitches differently. If it sounds good to your ear, you’re more likely to sit down and play. 

Is buying used okay?

The key here is ensuring you are buying a quality piano, no matter how many years of enjoyment it’s given previous owners. This is where it pays to rely on a reputable dealer who will ensure the piano has many years of life left in it. 

Playing is only part of what keeps a piano in good working condition. Location is everything. Pianos should always be kept in an area where temperature and humidity fluctuations are relatively stable. The piano should always be tuned regularly. It should be kept out of harsh sunlight, and away from drafts.  

If your piano has been subjected to any of these conditions, and it no longer sounds good to your ear, it may be time to let your piano go. 

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