Buying a piano

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  1. ccrobinson

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    I'm looking to buy a piano and have just started my research. If you've bought a piano before, can you give me any advice? What to avoid? What to look for? Mistakes you made? Things you did right? I've already run into one dealer whose marked down price was $50 less than what the normal retail price, but was $6k down from what he said the retail price was. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Do a lot of research. Price is just one part of the equation. madre was hired as a consultant for a local school district to facilitate a piano purchase. She plays professionally, so she knew what she was looking for in terms of sound quality and the feel of the action. She's rather spoiled considering her regular piano is a Steinway...


    • Where is the piano going to be used? A spinet may sound okay at home but weak in a large auditorium.
    • Are you leaning toward a pure acoustic piano or one with some sort of electronics.
    • What is the reputation of the dealer? Service, warranties, delivery, etc.
    • Visit your local schools and ask the music folks what they are using. One local school just got rid of their digital pianos and returned to acoustic.
    • Ask some of your pastor friends what they have in their churches. Not all churches use 125 year old pianos with cracked soundboards.
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    madre and the school's music director looked at over 50 different pianos and they settled on this Yamaha U1 48" Acoustic Upright. The actual piano they purchased had been used for a piano competition (about three days in all) and they were able to buy it for under $5000 delivered and set up. It came with the new instrument warranty also. It is used in the main auditorium. The 48" height allows the accompanist to see the stage and director. The sound board is still large enough to project well without amplification.

    PM me and I can connect you with madre.
    [​IMG] 7.5' Steinway Concert Grand Model C
     
  3. sag38

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    We recently purchased a Yamaha electronic piano. The price was great (compared to a standard piano), the sound is excellent, and there are so many sound options that you can't get with a standard piano. The keys are designed to mimic the feel of a traditional piano (specifically a grand). Here's another great thing. It doesn't way a ton. I hate trying to move a standard piano. Piano. Oh yeah, you don't have to pay $150.00 a year for bi-annual tuning.

    My church has an electronic piano too that looks just like a baby grand and sounds excellent. When our piano player has to miss a Sunday and we can't find a sub she simply records the songs on the piano for us to use while she is away.
     
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    My husband bought our piano a few years ago and the biggest thing he did was to just go and play. He played many, many pianos before he found one that had the tone quality he liked and he bought it. It was used for the NY Jazz Festival for 3 days so it was "used" - a Yahama C3. It's a beautiful instrument and our tuner comments on it each time he comes to tune it (twice a year). Here's a pic of it:

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    Hubby found that some of the top pianos didn't have the tone he wanted - so even just going with a name and model wouldn't have worked for him. Each piano is going to be slightly different and that is why playing the actual pianos is what will make the difference.
     
  5. ccrobinson

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    I won't be buying an electronic piano. I want a piano, not a toy. :tongue3:

    I've played many electronic pianos and I simply don't like them. Manufacturers can try all they want, but they will never be able to recreate the feel of a real piano.

    Trying to follow the 10th commandment here.
     
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    I was really surprised when DH came home with a Yamaha. I asked him if he tried Steinways and he did but he really liked the sound out of this particular piano better than the Steinways that we could afford. (Not that the C3 is affordable - I about had a stroke when he bought it)
     
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    Take an accomplished pianist with you. Touch is so important. And color of the tone....also, get a well known brand. Don't get plastic, get real wood. Do you want spinet, upright grand, or what? Decide ahead of time, and also decide whether you want it to match your furniture or not. My Mother bought me a limed (blonde) oak piano, and it doesn't match my darker oak furniture, but I love the piano, because I remember when I was 6 years old, peeking out to see all my Dad's fellow deacons hauling this piano inside the house.
     
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    I carry my piano in both arms.....my Casio 410 Keyboard! I can take it anywhere plug it in an away I go..I can even have several accomplices play along with me. Love it when I get to bang the key. I can even just chord my music and let the electronics fill in the blanks when I goof.......

    Cheers,

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    While there is no doubt that an acoustic piano is best for sound quality, it does cost a whole lot more than a good digital piano.

    I think that some have been referring to digital pianos as electric pianos, however there is a difference between the two, with a digital being much better.

    I have payed a lot of pianos, I started playing around 12. Back then digital pianos where no where near the sound and touch of an acoustic, but much has changed. I just bought a Casio Privia px 120. The sound is rich and full, and the touch is amazing. I could not believe that a digital piano could sound and feel so well. Plus I get then benefit of MIDI ports and the ability to connect to my laptop.

    If you are looking for a first piano, take a look at the digitals that are on the market today. I never thought I would say this, but they are a very good option to consider especially if you are on a tight budget.
     
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    I am. Me.

    I have no interest in a laminated sound board. IMHO, a wood soundboard is the only way to go.

    Heh. The Steinways aren't cheap either. This is the first time I've looked into what pianos cost and my jaw dropped when I walked into the Steinway Gallery and saw how much some of the higher end pianos go for.
     
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    Steinways appreciate in value:

     
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    The best thing I could suggest would be to get on the phone to the music departments of all of the colleges in your area. They frequently sell their pianos for next to nothing. That's how we got ours. We bought a Steinway Parlor Grand (like new) for next to nothing from the University of Maryland. Our church went back and bought one of the others for a song (no pun intended).
     

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