If you’ve set your heart on buying an acoustic piano then here’s a quick checklist of things you should consider before making your purchase:
This will obviously drive everything. Ask yourself why you want an acoustic piano, why it’s important to you and how much value it is going to bring to your life. Measure that against your finances and how much you are prepared to invest in order to get a piano you will be happy with. Everybody has budget, it’s how prepared you are to push that budget to get the piano that you really want.
#2. New or Used
Are you looking to buy new or would you be happy with second hand ? If a piano has been well cared for and regularly tuned then a second hand piano might be just what you want. If you do choose a used piano then it’s always a good idea to seek the opinion of a piano tuner, teacher or experienced player before you make your purchase if possible. If you want a new piano then your choice is likely to be based around the quality and brand of the piano and how it fits in with your budget.
Grand, Baby Grand or Upright? Once again, this will depend on how much money you want to spend and the space you have available. Grand Pianos can range from 5 to 9 feet so you’re going to need plenty of room to accommodate it. Uprights are obviously significantly smaller and less expensive so speak to your piano dealer and ask for advice
Pianos are available in different woods, styles, sizes and colours. Do your research beforehand and decide on what kind of aesthetic look you want your piano to have. Have a think about how it will fit in with your home décor and complement the rest of your furnishings.
#5. Ask questions
Buying a piano is a considered purchase. Don’t be afraid to ask your dealer about sound quality, performance, durability, construction, tuning, care advice, warranty and delivery. Prepare a set of questions before you visit your dealer and make sure that you are happy with all the answers before you proceed.
At Broughton Pianos we have a wide selection of new and acoustic pianos to choose from so if you’re looking to buy for the first time and need professional advice then please do not hesitate to contact us.