A piano can be one of the most expensive purchases a household can make. Pianos are 19th century creations and are traditional. So, one cannot reach out to their common friends and families to learn about buying the best piano. He needs an expert!
With our experts, we provide you the simple, yet the best guide to buy a piano economically and effectively.
The first and foremost thing to be kept on mind once reaching the market is how the instrument sounds, feels and looks. Focus more on the technical features, rather than the brand name as the top brand fluctuates in the piano market.
1. Checks to do
- Start at one end and play keys at consistent touch. Check for the following while touching
- Check if volume is consistent as scale is moved up?
- Check if any keys get stuck or if you feel some keys are heavier to press?
- Does every note you try create a tuning sound?
- In an acoustic piano, if any of the keys sound differently it means the pin block is broken. This is an costly fix.
- Listen for a clicking sound while playing. The notes should be free of clicking sound.
- Check for rectangular key end. IF so, it may be sitting too low or too high and is not in sync with the other keys.
2. Questions to answer before buying
- Who will be playing the piano? One person or several?
- Is it for a beginner or intermediate or an advanced player?
- Is the purchase for life time or will there being an upgrade in the future?
- Is the piano for professional or recreational use?
- What type of music will be played – Classical or pop or jazz?
3. Tests to do inside a Piano
- Every piano has dampers and hammers. Hammers move as you play strings and damper move as you press pedal with foot.
- Check if the wood of the hammers is good.
- Also make sure hammers are continuous and no hammer is missing.
- It should have soft hammer
4. Pedal tests
Feel the pedals. There should be some resistance when you press the pedal, for at least ½ an inch.
Decide the room space and where will the piano fit in after purchase. Usually pianos are huge, 5 feet in width to 36 inches in height approximately. However, they tend to change according to the sounds they produce. Larger the piano, finer the tune it creates. As the piano gets the larger, it is more challenging to navigate through the doors.
6. Get accustomed at a showroom
Try playing as many pianos as possible. You can then fix the right one for yourself, rather than going by brand. Bring the right friend to give suggestions to your tones. He should be honest at his answers.
7. Acoustic or digital
Acoustic pianos are expensive and are best suited for professionals. If you are buying a piano for your kids or for yourself as a beginner it is always good to buy a digital piano. Bring your kids for them to get the feel if it is for them.
When you have decided to buy an acoustic piano, know the technical details thoroughly before making the choice.