For budding pianists, access to an acoustic piano becomes increasingly crucial as they grow as musicians. Families often start with a digital keyboard/piano for their kids as they are usually smaller and more affordable. However, if your child starts to advance as a pianist and shows interest in continuing the instrument for a long time, you may want to consider getting an acoustic piano instead as it will affect their techniques in the future.
Unlike other instruments, acoustic pianos are often a big investment. New pianos can often cost more than $4000, depending on their origins and quality. Pianos are costly due to the amount of work and craftsmanship that goes into producing such amazing instruments that can often last for decades. However, despite the piano’s long lifespan, many people who own pianos often end up selling their instruments after only several years of playing. Hence, second-hand pianos are often excellent choices for lower cost pianos.
At Presto Studios, we collaborate with second-hand piano retailers so that we can offer quality selections for any of our students who need them. Here are some things to look out for while you are selecting your very own second-hand piano:
With normal wear and tear, it’s possible that the piano may have certain blemishes, like mild scratches. However, there are often other details that buyers should pay attention to:
Keyboard and Pedals
All the notes of the keyboard should be played to check for normal action (the key must able to return when depressed) and all pedals should be tested to ensure their working condition
You should check if there are any missing, broken or rusty strings. While strings can sometimes be replaced, they can end up going out of tune more easily and result in a tone that does not match the other strings.
Second-hand pianos are excellent choices to provide your child a new instrument that will propel themselves forward in their piano learning and also a great opportunity to provide a new life for a once-loved instrument. It is also an excellent selection for a more affordable investment.
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