Which is the Better Option – a New or Used Piano? 

Which is the Better Option – a New or Used Piano? 

You’re shopping for a piano. One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is whether to purchase a new or used instrument. 

While both options have advantages and disadvantages, the choice ultimately depends on your personal preferences, budget, and musical goals. 

Not sure which piano to pursue? Let me give you a few tips about the pros and cons of each. We love both and think either can make a great investment. 

New Pianos


Quality Assurance – New means the piano is in top condition and has never been played. (Or abused.) You’ll also be assured that it has been built with the latest technology and materials.

Warranty – New pianos come with a warranty from the manufacturer, covering any defects or malfunctions that may occur within a specific time frame. Knowing that you’re protected if something goes wrong can provide peace of mind.

Customization – Have a vivid picture of what you want your piano to look like? Buying a new piano means you can often customize certain features such as the finish, the keys, and the size. This allows you to create a unique instrument that suits your preferences.


Cost – New pianos are generally more expensive than used pianos, and the price can vary depending on the brand, size, and features. If you’re on a tight budget, there may be better options than a new piano.

Depreciation – Like cars, new pianos can lose a significant amount of their value once sold. This means that if you decide to sell your piano in the near future, you may not get back the total amount you paid for it.

Used Pianos


Affordability – Used pianos are generally less expensive than new pianos, and you may be able to find a high-quality instrument at a fraction of the cost of a new one.

Vintage/Unique Sound – Some musicians prefer the sound of older pianos, which have a unique tone and character that modern instruments can’t replicate. A used piano may be your only option if you’re looking for a particular brand or model that is no longer in production.

Investment Potential – Certain vintage or high-end used pianos can appreciate over time, making them a good investment.


Condition – Piano conditions vary greatly depending on age, history, and maintenance. It’s essential to have the instrument inspected by a professional before purchasing to ensure that it’s in good working condition. (This is one of the best reasons to work with a reputable piano dealer.)

Limited Warranty – Unlike new pianos, used pianos typically don’t come with a warranty from the manufacturer. This means that you will be responsible for any repairs or maintenance that may be needed. Reputable piano dealers often provide limited warranties, even on used pianos. Just ask. 

Repairs and Maintenance – Used pianos may require more repairs and maintenance than new pianos, especially if they are older or have been played extensively. This can add to the overall cost of owning the instrument.

New or used piano – which is for you?

Whether you choose a new or used piano ultimately depends on your personal preferences and budget. A new piano may be the best choice if you’re looking for a high-quality instrument with a warranty and customization options. However, a used piano may be a better option if you’re on a tight budget or prefer the sound of vintage instruments. 

Regardless of which option you choose, it’s important to research and consult with a professional before making a purchase to ensure that you’re getting a high-quality instrument that meets your musical needs.