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Buying A Piano For The First Time ((FREE))



The cost of acoustic pianos is sometimes difficult to find. Price can be influenced by factors like brand, wood finish, manufacturing process, and materials. For a more in-depth discussion on how much pianos cost, check out our Cost of a Piano, Explained article.




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Most sources I consulted recommend that acoustic pianos be tuned once every six months or twice a year. How often your piano should be tuned can depend on your local climate, and new pianos may require more frequent tunings in the first few years of their lives.


At Alamo Music Center we believe that peopleunlock joy, fun and community through musical instruments. We love to help people find their perfect instrument the first time. We've put together this list of common mistakes we see when people are looking for pianos.


10) They spend too much or too little - You can buy too much piano and youcan buy too little piano. If you have a 4 year old beginner, a 9' premium grand piano might be overkill. If you've been playing for 5+ years, a $1000 used spinet of $500 keyboard is going to hold you back as a musician and stunt your growth. The key is to make sure you understand where you are in your musical journey and where you want to go, so you get the right instrument, maximize your investment and save money and time.


The first step is to decide between a digital and an acoustic piano. If you want to learn more about the differences between the two pianos, check out our article on Acoustic vs Digital piano. If you have chosen the type of piano (acoustic or digital piano) to buy, continue to the Acoustic Piano section or skip to the Digital Piano section.


Polyphony refers to the maximum number of sounds that a piano can produce at any time. This means that a piano with 32-note polyphony can produce up to 32 notes at once. Intermediate players should get pianos with at least 64-note polyphony. For advanced pianists, getting a piano with 128-note polyphony or more is desirable.


That leads us to recommend options in upright piano models like Essex, a Steinway-designed, less expensive brand, as well as digital pianos like Roland. Roland makes a credible case that a good, digital piano can serve well as a first piano.


Hi Lucas, I trust what you say, but reading online the Px 160 has keys that become noisy or defective, this brakes me on the purchase, 400 euros for me are not few, I would like the piano to last in time. can you give me some indication about it? I ask this because I never played, thanks again!


The absolute first thing to ask yourself when buying an upright piano is: Where are you storing it? Unlike most digital pianos, upright pianos are not designed to be moved and will generally stay in the same place for the majority of its lifespan. Of course our expert delivery and assembly team are here to help and can get your piano exactly where you want it to be but there are still a few things to consider.


Another great question to ask yourself when buying an upright piano is: What do I actually want this piano to do? We covered this in our Digital Vs Acoustic Piano guide, but it is especially true for upright pianos.


When making your decision, you need to consider a few things. For instance, buying the right piano as a beginner will partially depend on your budget. Digital pianos and keyboards range from around a hundred to several thousand dollars.


Buying your first piano can be a little overwhelming! More often than not, the first question that every aspiring pianist (or parent) faces is: "Should I pick a digital or an acoustic for my first piano?"


When finding their first piano, many opt for budget over quality. Whilst this is reasonable, it is something to think strongly about, especially when looking at either secondhand pianos or free pianos found online.


Ultimately, buying your first piano is an incredibly personal experience and it would be impossible to cover all needs and intents in one article as every requirement is different. That is why we would highly encourage booking a demonstration with our experts who will be able to help quality your requirement and find the perfect piano to support your learning whilst also finding a piano that fits with your home, budget and requirements.So hopefully that has offered some brief insight into the fantastic musical world of the piano, what you can expect and some of the things to look out for when first getting started. If you would like further help or more information, explore our other blog posts here. Likewise, if you would like expert in person advice, our showroom team would love to help you!


The general rule of thumb is that with material quality being equal, the bigger the soundboard, the better the sound of the piano. Knowing your options slightly up or slightly down in size can help you make the best piano buying decision for your budget.


The third biggest mistake you should avoid is not asking experts or experienced players for advice. If you already have a piano teacher, they should be the first person you ask for which model to buy.


Of course, some pianos can cost over $5,000 or even $10,000. Those are for professionals. Not for first-time buyers. But an excellent option like a Roland FP-30X Digital Piano will be a much better value for money than a cheap one you find online.


These pianos hold their value for a long time too. If you find a seller that takes good care of their piano, you can buy it second-hand and use it without worry. You can get a higher-end model for a lower price than buying a brand-new one.


Here is where some advice from your other piano-playing friends and teacher will come in handy. They could even give you leads for reputable second-hand sellers. Here are some things to check for buying used:


Concert Pitch.Another important factor for the first time buyer is that the piano being purchased must be at concert pitch. This allows the student to develop their aural skills and appreciate the music as it was meant to be heard.


Upgrading.When it is time to upgrade your piano, we will allow 80% trade-in allowance on your previous new piano purchase and 60% trade-in allowance on your previous used piano purchase, providing the piano was originally purchased from Pianos Plus.


First-time purchases always have a calming sense, but there is also tremendous pressure to ensure you will obtain the best quality for your money. Like other purchases, buying a piano typically leaves more than half of customers unsure of what to search for. Choosing the proper piano can be challenging because every piano is different from the next in size, color, and tone. However, you may get all the information from this source to make a purchase confidently.


As a result, it is important for the company you are considering buying from has developed various online tools to create a virtual experience that ensures the piano exceeds your expectations when you see it and play it for the first time. To make sure this consideration and buying process goes as smoothly as possible, a company should provide the following services to remote customers as a part of buying their piano online:


If these virtual tools are not sufficient for buying the piano online, a company should also offer to reimburse a customer's travel costs up to a pre-arranged limit. Whether a customer ultimately buys the piano or not, the company should be committed to investing in the buying process for a customer to see the piano in-person.


While an online and virtual buying experience can be helpful, a company should always encourage their customers to visit and play the pianos before buying one. Since this is not always a possibility for cross-country customers, a company should work to share the travel cost to make sure they can see their piano in-person when it is absolutely necessary to make the final purchase decision.


Online research is essential and is becoming a larger part of the buying process, but many of customers desire to see a piano in-person and play it before buying it. For these customers, companies should have designed a virtual buying experience that is as close to in-person as possible.


For more information on what to consider when buying a piano, check out our Buying Guide. To talk with us about our online buying tools to help with your hunt for the perfect piano, contact us today!


If you're buying a piano for the first time and don't really know how to go about it, it's definitely a good idea to visit several different stores, if for nothing else but to see what the role of a piano salesperson is and how they do their work. Some people sell pianos as if they were selling washing machines! Others really know how to sell an instrument that will make music... This way you'll also be able to try many different pianos, to get an idea of how they're different. Not all stores sell the same brands or the same models. Once you've determined your budget, it's a good idea to try everything within that budget so that you can choose based on what you prefer. If you're looking to buy a piano to replace an old one, the situation is different. In that case, you can simply go back to the store where you bought the first if you were satisfied. I think it's best, if possible, to maintain a long-term relationship with a given store.


When you're buying a piano and you've narrowed down your choices, don't hesitate to call on a professional. There are two kinds of professionals who could provide an opinion: a piano builder for the technical aspects, and a pianist or piano teacher for the musical aspects. People often ask their piano teacher to give a technical opinion, even though they're not trained for this. It's best to contact an independent technician.


I don't know enough about them, because I'm rarely in contact with them. But I have noticed that Chinese-made pianos are of much higher quality than the pianos made in Eastern Europe twenty or thirty years ago. I also know that European and Japanese piano makers have all signed joint-ventures with Chinese companies [agreements between European/Japanese and Chinese manufacturers which include technology transfers, ed.] or off-shored production in part to China. The Chinese thus have experience with European and Japanese piano manufacturing. However, these instruments' reliability over time and their resale price remain to be seen. 041b061a72


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