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Pianos Buying Guide

Everyone considers music as a very enjoyable pastime. Being able to play an instrument allows people to interact with music with regards to the style and tempo it is played in, and often times it provides a great source of entertainment. The piano  is the most classic instrument of all; omnipresent in all musical genres, it has become a timeless classic in the world of musical instruments. But choosing the right piano is important if you want to make the right kind of music. 

How to Buy a Piano

  • Pick the piano maker based on the sound and look you want your piano to have. Pianos made in different countries will each have their own distinct tone and pitch simply because of the materials, design, and construction techniques.
  • Decide on what type of piano you would like. Grand pianos are more stylish but upright pianos take up less spaces and cost less. Both have the same or similar sound quality.
  • Consider less traditional pianos, such as digital ones that can allow for background harmonies or player pianos which can "play themselves."
  • Ask for a warranty for both parts and labour. It can be useful if your piano comes to damage or if you decide to sell your piano.
  • Do not economise. The more expensive pianos are usually also the more well-made ones, and will therefore produce a higher quality sound. 

How to Evaluate a Piano

  • Tone is what determines how a piano sounds. Find a piano with a good mid-tones and a strong balance between the high and low tones. Pianos can come in deep resounding tones or light clean ones. Pick the one that is the most pleasing to your ears. 
  • Tuning stability is the length of time between a piano needs to be tuned. The more often apiano is played, the more often it will need to be tuned. No piano will stay tuned forever and most pianos will only have the life expectancy of 30 years. 
  • Touch the keys and see how they respond. Ideally they should come down evenly.If they keys are sticky or loose, the sound will be affected. 
  • Finish is what normally attracts most buyer. There is the clear finish in which you can clearly see the type of wood is used. The opaque finish normally comes in ebony, ivory, or mahogany. 

Grand Piano

Upright Piano

Care and Maintenance

  • To maintain a piano there needs to be routine check ups. There are three aspects of maintenance that must be performed.
  • Tuning involves adjusting the piano's strings in order to bring it back to pitch.
  • Voicing is hardening or softening the piano's hammer in order to adjust the quality of the sounds.
  • Regulation of the piano's action mechanism which affects the touch of the piano.

Quick Picks

Yamaha YDP-213 Digital Piano 

The Yamaha YDP-213 Digital Piano uses its renowned AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) tone generation technology and true Stereo Sampling. With every key you play, you hear digital recordings (like an audio CD) of the same notes on a Yamaha acoustic concert grand piano. This exceptionally realistic, acoustic sound experience makes the YDP-213 a natural choice for pianists of all levels.

Steinway Centennial Fancy D Concert Grand Piano 

These are the only full-plate Steinway 'D's built with the gorgeous, heavily carved case, and ornate music rack, 

Kawai Grand Piano KG-2D 

Ebony gloss baby grand from 1982. 

Mason and Hamlin A Walnut Piano 

This traditional style Mason & Hamlin model "A" grand piano has a beautiful American walnut cabinet.

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