is one of the larger purchases consumers can make when it comes to shoes
, it's a good rule of thumb to buy a piano slightly better than you feel you deserve, which will give you room to grow into it.
* Even if your family decides that a piano is not in its future, good pianos hold their value extremely well and are easy to re-sell. Try to buy the tallest upright or longest grand piano that you can afford.
* Longer strings and bigger soundboards
provide better tonality.
* Your piano should be located away from radiators, heating vents, air conditioners
, direct sunlight and fireplaces.
* Unlike most other instruments, buying a secondhand piano
is not highly recommended. Used pianos generally have not been taken care of well, so the idea of saving a few dollars goes out the window after you're done paying for repairs and tuning.
* Once you've found something you like, don't be afraid to negotiate with the salesperson. You can usually knock off anywhere between 10 to 20 percent from the price tag, so be willing to walk away empty handed a few times before you find a dealer who's willing to sell you a quality piano at the right price. Also, make sure the warranty
that comes with the piano includes parts and labor.
* When you get the piano home, have it inspected by a certified piano technician
. It is well worth the money to find out that something is wrong with your instrument before the warranty period ends.
Electrify Your Sound
When choosing a piano, you may decide that you want to change your sound style or go for a different musical feel. In this case, purchasing an recording
with playback ability.
* Steinway & Sons
* Young Chang