First you must assess your needs for buying a piano:

Is it for personal or professional use?

What is a realistic budget for your piano?

Where will the piano be placed? Living room, den, hallway, music room, concert hall, practice studio etc.

Grand or upright piano?

If there is enough space, a grand is most desirable from an aesthetic point of view, as well as providing a rounder and more robust tone, due to its size and openness of its body. An upright piano is also a great choice when space is a consideration.

Digital, Hybrid or Acoustic?

As digital pianos are becoming more realistic in terms of touch and tone, they provide a myriad of great options- Silent play (headphone capability) - MIDI (can interface with a computer and other MIDI instruments) - Never needs tuning - Instant recording capabilities - Other musical instrument sounds (Orchestral, Organ, Drums etc.). True Hybrid pianos are digital, but offer real piano soundboards and real wooden keys to authentically mimic an acoustic piano. Digital and Hybrid pianos are highly recommended for group teaching and institutions, where a piano lab of 6-20 instruments are needed for teaching purposes. Digital and hybrid pianos are recommended for personal home use, when tuning stability is necessary (vacation homes where the temperature of the home is not consistent), or if the piano is placed in the den, where others are watching TV and enjoying alternate entertainment. The digital piano will allow practice silently with headphones at any time, day or night. Digital and Hybrid pianos are great for the very creative, who want to compose, orchestrate and record their own music. In addition, digital pianos can be a wonderful option to an old pre-owned acoustic piano. For under $2000 you can purchase a brand new great digital piano.

Player Pianos

Player pianos, especially grand player pianos, not only offer beauty and elegance in a room, but are the ultimate entertainment center. They are fine musical instruments for learning, practice, performing and will entertain you with REAL, LIVE piano music. A wonderful addition to any home.

Which brands should I consider?

It is always best to purchase a piano with the manufacturer’s name on the fallboard, such as Kawai, Baldwin, Young Chang, Roland, just to name a few. Stencil pianos are merely names purchased and stenciled on a piano. You cannot be certain who manufactured the piano, and if service is needed, it may be difficult to find replacement parts later on.

Should I ask a piano teacher?

While we all have the utmost respect for pianos teachers, their skill set is education. They understand music and teaching, not pianos. They will almost always recommend a piano they have been playing on for years. They are not aware of the new models or brands, or how the piano industry has changed. They do not see thousands of pianos a year to know which pianos hold up and which pianos do not. They also tend to tell a buyer/student which piano to purchase based on their own needs, and do not understand the personal needs (price range, finish, style etc.) of the buyer. It is best go to a trustworthy piano dealership who will listen to your needs and show you the best piano to suit your lifestyle.

New, Used, or Certified Pre-Owned?

A new piano carries a manufacturer's warranty—typically 10 years. A new piano offers state-of-the-art technology in manufacturing and will provide you with approximately 50 years of use. In addition, you will have the option of most styles and finishes. New upright pianos can start as low as $2995. New grand pianos can start as low as $6495.

Purchasing a used piano can be a daunting task. Even when the cabinet is in good shape, there are many inside, unseen parts (bridges, pin block, action parts, etc.) to a piano which may be damaged beyond repair, or extremely expensive to repair. A novice would not be aware of these problematic issues. Also, beware of any piano offered for FREE!

On the other hand, purchasing a certified pre-owned piano from a reputable piano dealer, can be a very wise choice. A reputable piano dealer will certify that all the parts of the piano are in working condition. The dealer will clean, detail, regulate, pitch raise, tune and offer a warranty and full trade-up option. These Certified Pre-Owned pianos can start at $1495 for uprights and $3995 for grand pianos.

Where do I go to buy a piano?

When considering the purchase of a piano, it is best to go to a reputable piano dealership who can offer ALL possible options: new acoustic pianos, certified pre-owned Pianos, digital pianos, hybrid pianos and player pianos. In addition, a selection of new major brands should be displayed. When a dealer offers ONLY used pianos, they will ONLY tell you the benefits of a used piano. When the dealer ONLY offers new pianos, they will ONLY tell you the benefits of a new piano. When the dealer ONLY offers acoustic pianos, they will ONLY tell you the benefits of an acoustic piano. When the dealer offers ALL options, there is no bias and you will get true information about ALL the many options available. Then, you will be able to CHOOSE a piano that suits YOUR needs.