What to look for in a second-hand piano

24th February 2019

A piano is quite an investment and for some people it makes more sense to buy a used piano, but what should you be looking for?

There are a number of reasons why you might consider buying a second-hand piano – cost, allowing a product to find a new life, and to get a better quality piano at a lower price.

As with all investments in used products though, it is important to know what you are buying and to do your research to avoid wasting money on a piano that might not be up to the job.

The place to start is knowing what you want. Is it a first piano for you or your child to learn on? Or have you always dreamed of owning a legendary brand?

A used piano makes a great investment in both the circumstances. Here are some things to look out for when searching for your perfect instrument:

Appearance – The appearance of a piano will give you an insight to some degree of how well maintained and treated the instrument has been over its lifespan. Cracks in the wood could indicate a real problem as the piano may have been stored in an inappropriate area heat-wise, while discoloured keys could show a lack of maintenance and care – and reflect its age.

Sound – You should always play any piano that you intend to buy to get a feel for if it is the instrument for you, but in the case of a used piano this could reveal any potential problems. Look out for buzzing as this can indicate a problem in the structure of the sound board, while missed notes/ notes playing on could signal a problem with the function of the piano.

Tuning – If used regularly the piano should also have been tuned regularly. If a piano has been left un-tuned for a considerable period of time it could take being tuned twice to correct the sound costing you more money.

Age – If it is a particular model you are looking for age may not be an issue but piano parts do wear out. Be mindful of the age, especially if maintenance has been poor. While pianos can be reconditioned this is expensive.

Buying a second-hand piano can present a good saving against the price of a new piano but you need to be sure of what you are buying.

Choosing a second-hand model from a piano dealer gives you a level of certainty in the product that you are buying.

Used instruments for sale through Broughton Pianos will have been reconditioned if needed, tuned and come with a warranty to give you piece of mind.

Make sure that you are investing in a piano that will be a pleasure, not a frustration to play, by choosing an instrument that is worth your time and money.

To find a used piano to suit your needs contact Broughton Pianos.