How to buy a piano for beginners

12th April 2016

Purchasing a piano, especially a traditional/acoustic piano is an activity that requires a lot of
consideration. It all depends on the needs of each buyer because ultimately their needs will
determine the standard of piano that is required and consequently, the final price. The majority of
people today think that when they are buying a piano for their child, they should opt for a less
expensive model and if the child shows interest and talent, then they are ready to invest more.

This can sometime be a false economy and many experts suggest that it is a better idea to buy the best piano you can afford now rather than cutting corners. But how do you start the whole process of buying the piano you need?

First of all, go to several showrooms and learn more about the manufacturers and the quality of
different types of pianos. Be proactive and ask questions. After that, play on the piano or, in case
you are complete beginner, ask the salesperson to play a few different pieces. By listening
attentively, you will notice that every piano produces a different sound. There are soft and
relatively quiet pianos and there are loud and very clear pianos. Besides the sound they produce,
you must take a close look at their size. An upright piano has a height between 35 and 50 inches
and the grand piano has a height of five to nine feet.

It is also a smart move to ask a friend, relative or colleague that has experience in pianos (or even a seasoned pianist if you know one) to come with you and check the piano models. You don’t have to rely completely on their opinion because every person is different, but their advice will certainly be valuable.

In addition, you can try different pianos from the same manufacturer. There are many
manufacturers that have managed to establish themselves on the market, so you may be interested in buying one of their models so that you know you are selecting a well known brand.

The next step is to make a thorough inspection of the piano parts. If you are buying second hand
you should look for any possible damage or malfunctioning parts, before you make your purchase. For more advice about choosing your first piano, please contact us now.