Buying a Used Piano Doesn’t Have To Leave You Out Of Tune
4 Rules to Follow When Buying a Used Piano
You want to buy a piano but your budget may not be able to accomodate getting a brand new top-of-the-line one. So you need to go another route: getting a used one, which tends to be a lot easier on your wallet. Scams abound, though… so you need to be careful in the ways that you go about looking for one, otherwise you will have headaches filling out paperwork after you’ve been taken for a lot of money. So, how can you do this? Easy, just follow the leads here.
The first thing that you want to do is measure the area that you want the piano to be and then work from there. There is nothing more frustrating than buying something like a piano or another piece of furniture, having the delivery people bring it in and then… finding that it doesn’t fit. Obviously, there should be gatekeeper questions from the ones selling it – one of the first questions out of the salesperson’s mouth should be about the home dimensions.
While it may seem like a no-brainer and possibly redundant to say this, it’d be better to err on the side of caution here: Under no circumstances are you to buy a used piano without playing it some to find out how it sounds. It’s like buying a car – you do not want to get stuck with a lemon. If you’re going to a seller, be it at a store or at someone’s residence, sit down at the piano and plunk on some keys to see how it sounds. Sure, there are refurbishers who can get the piano in working order, but it’s good to know what you are getting yourself into beforehand.
Generally speaking, when it comes to pianos, if keys don’t work, that’s fixable. It’s if the parts are plastic that there’s a problem. If a note sounds out of tune, then that’s something else to consider, since the pinblock could be broken. It’s like buying a house – thoroughly examine everything and question anything that seems off, no matter how minor it might seem. A minor problem can turn into a major one if left unattended. While there are many honest sellers out there, there are also some unscrupulous ones who might just be trying to unload a piano on an unsuspecting buyer.
You will probably have two choices here – going to a retail seller or doing a private sale. The thing with the retail sales is that a used piano will be reconditioned and if you’re going to a retailer with a long history, you’ll have an idea of the reputation of the work that they put into their craft.More often than not, you’ll get a warranty. A private dealer, unless you know them very well, is going to be more of a mystery to you, although their prices may be cheaper than what you pay retail, you might wind up paying more in the long run. There’s no warranty with a private sale so it’s caveat emptor – latin for “Buyer Beware.”
Hopefully these tips will prove useful as you conduct your search. If you do buy a used piano and find yourself needing to have it restored, you can check out A.C. Pianocraft. The craftsmen from this family-owned company will make sure your piano is the best piano possible once they finish.