If you’re considering the purchase of a piano, the key decision revolves around choosing between a brand new or a used piano. This is a very personal decision; after all, however, purchasing the right piano for yourself or for your family can create a lifetime of enjoyment. In this blog post, I would like to mention a few points to consider when buying a new, used, or restored piano. Start by investing in a piano within your budget that suits your needs, ensuring it plays well and complements your home’s décor.
Buying a New Piano Vs a Used Piano
Most used pianos are less expensive than most new ones; however, a brand new piano has a full warranty and all the benefits of a new item (glossy, shiny case, etc.). A pre-owned piano usually doesn’t have a warranty, although some dealers will give a limited and short-term warranty. When purchasing an instrument, choose a piano with the touch and musical tone you prefer, and ensure it undergoes tuning upon arrival at your home.
Most importantly, when buying a second-hand piano, ensure to reach out to a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) to inspect the instrument before making a purchase. He can also help you confirm its value and playability and uncover any potential hidden faults that could result in costly repairs.
New is Not Always Better than Old
If you possess substantial disposable income, consider opting for a brand new Steinway & Sons, Kawai, or Yamaha piano; these instruments are crafted with the same excellence as the classics. You should avoid purchasing unfamiliar brands, as despite their tempting prices, they may not produce the same quality of sound as a second-hand Yamaha or Kawai. Take a look at our recently published 10 point checklist when purchasing a 2nd hand piano before making that financial commitment for your piano. Explore our website for available used pianos for sale in London