Choosing a Piano
It is worth taking your time and carrying out lots of research before you
choose a piano as you may have to live with your purchase for many years.
All pianos are different, even two examples of the same make may not
necessarily sound or feel the same so, if you choose a new instrument, try to
play the actual piano that you are purchasing rather than a demonstration
model. If you are not happy with a piano, leave it as, if it is not to
your satisfaction before purchase, you are unlikely to like it later.
I cannot, therefore, recommend particular makes of piano but the following
will hopefully help you in making your choice.
- Larger pianos produce a more resonant sound as they are not so compromised
short string lengths.
- Many small grands (under 5 foot) can be beaten in sound quality by a larger
- Over strung pianos will have a richer bass than a straight strung of similar
Over strung Piano
Straight strung Piano
New or Used?
Generally, it is possible to get more piano for your money by choosing a used
instrument. However, a new piano will often come with a 5 year guarantee
which is worth consideration. A well reconditioned piano will last many
years but, beware, there are lots of poorly renovated pianos out there just
waiting for a mug to come along.
Before you buy
If you choose a new piano, check what guarantees are available and, important
make sure that the seller has technicians with the know how to correct any faults
that may occur.
It is possible to find a bargain if you are prepared to do lots of travelling
and homework. For every one good piano we get asked to look at, there are
10 that should have been "Guy Forks" pianos. If you do decide to
go looking, take note of the following:
- Avoid adverts such as "suit beginner, needs tuning" this
translates to "piano is rubbish and tuner says he can't tune it".
- If you play, take some music with you and give the piano a good test or
take someone who can play and judge the piano from this aspect.
Now carry out the following tests
- Play each note several times and make sure that it repeats and not jams or
- Make sure that the note stops ringing when it is released.
- Listen carefully for squeak, rattles or any buzzing sounds.
If all still seems good...
Call your tuner/technician to carry out an inspection. There is likely
to be a small charge but this could save you a fortune later.
Avoid buying an instrument that needs a lot of work. This can be
expensive and you may not like the result at the end.
click for our list of used pianos