Piano Buyers Guide.
Here are a few things to consider when looking for a piano.
Choose a reputable registered piano technician, preferably with ARPT registration who will be able provide an independent assessment, valuation and technical advice when viewing a piano.
Pianos’ are complex in their construction and operation, so having a professional assessment and advice from a registered technician can save a client from possibly making a poor choice of piano.
Play a number of pianos both within and outside of your price range to gain a sense of value for money. Don’t bother with free pianos or the generous friend offering you a piano that has been stored in an unlined shed for some years. These can be more of a problem than they’re worth. If it’s cheap it likely means its past its use by date and has been neglected.
Consider the pianist. Pianos are first and foremost a musical instrument and this aspect should be the main focus when selecting a piano. The case styling and finish are obviously important but should take second place to how the instrument performs, how it sounds, the touch response and overall feeling the pianist gets from playing the piano. Consider also the future level of playing the pianist may achieve and aim for a piano that can lift the performance level so the pianist and listeners gain pleasure from hearing even the simplest of pieces played.
After viewing a range of pianos, set yourself a price that you can afford, or a little more. Then aim to find the most satisfying instrument within the range you have set. Remember the adage, ‘No one ever regretted buying quality’ and this is particularly true with musical instruments. Also a good quality musical instrument should last a long time and retain its value far better than a lesser quality one.
View our range of ready to go pianos, all satisfying our stringent quality criteria. We often have reasonably priced trade-in pianos that are very acceptable, perfect for an emerging pianist.
For fully comprehensive help in choosing your new piano, contact us here and we’ll be happy to assist you in your journey.
Dear Graham, The piano arrived last week in tip top condition … my daughter cried when it was opened (she had no idea it was coming) and she saw how beautiful it was and of course the history behind it is especially touching. Brett and I would like to say thank you for the amazing restoration you have done on the piano. It doesn’t look like the same one I had spent my childhood playing on. I can’t wait for my mother to see how beautiful her mother’s piano looks… even though to an expert like yourself it may not have the best sound it sounds just perfect to us for so many reasons. Thank you again and to the people who worked on it as well.
Many thanks to Graeme and Debbie for outstanding service over a number of years. Nothing has been too much trouble for you and you have always provided a service that is totally professional, technically excellent, friendly and dependable. All the best for 2015.
Thank you Graeme, for the best tuning ever for my Yamaha. After languishing in storage for a year it sounds awesome and I can't leave it alone!
Wonderful, friendly, professional service. My daughter has a new found enthusiasm for playing and is enjoying her new piano every day. Thanks for coming and giving us a very professional tune after the settling in period too Graeme.