The decision to buy a piano cannot be taken lightly. There are many factors to consider before the actual purchase is made. For example, the piano may be purchased new or used. It can be inexpensive or quite pricey. It can be a vertical or horizontal and it can be purchased in almost any color. It can be treated as a family heirloom and passed on from generation to generation or it can be treated like a piece of furniture that will be sold when it no longer fits the needs and likes of the owner.
One of the first factors that must be decided is where the consumer should purchase the piano. There are piano stores that only sell new pianos and stores that sell both new and used pianos. Those stores often have policies that enable consumers to purchase a piano that fits their budget and gives them the option to upgrade to a better, more expensive piano when they can afford it.
Consumers can also buy a piano through estate sales, garage sales, and on the Internet. Although the pianos sold through these venues may be less expensive than those sold through stores, it is often difficult for the untrained eye to determine whether a particular piano is in good condition. For example, if it had been stored in an extremely damp or overly dry environment, this may lead to problems. Regardless of where the piano is purchased, the consumer should actually play it, notice the weight of its keys, and listen to its tone.
There are pianos in nearly every price range. For someone wanting to buy a piano to simply play occasionally, an inexpensive piano may be the best option. Alternatively, if someone wants to buy a piano that will become a family heirloom, there are certain brands that cost more than many people’s homes.
It is important to consider the area where the piano will be located, as well. Some areas are perfect for a vertical piano, such as an upright, spinet, console, or studio piano. Each variety offers the consumer a different height, width, and tone. There are also horizontal pianos, such as the petite grand, baby grand, parlor grand, medium grand, and concert grand pianos, that are great for rooms with a large amount of empty space. The horizontal pianos also vary in size and tone.
For some people, color may be an issue. Although most people choose to buy a piano that is classic in color, such as black, brown, or white, others prefer to have a more unique finish. It is possible to pick a custom finish in nearly any color, from blue to green to red to yellow. Although it may cost more to purchase such a brightly colored piano, the resale value may be less. Consequently, it is important to consider whether the piano will be sold or kept in the family before choosing a colored finish for the piano.