Do you know how often should a used piano have been tuned to be worth buying?
Forget about gambling at casinos – even though you face tough odds in all the games there – one is truly placing a tough wager when it comes to buying a used piano in a private sale. It’s one thing to purchase one from a reputable dealer since those pianos tend to come with warranties and you also know that professionals have maintained it so that they will be in the best playing condition. When you buy from a private seller, you risk encountering an instrument that hasn’t been played regularly in possibly decades.
Throughout the lifespan of a piano, it’s generally a rule of thumb to tune a piano twice a year to account for weather changes. If it’s used every week, then it should be up to four times a year. There are some who think that doing it once a year is sufficient, but unless they live in a climate where the weather is largely the same all year round – like San Diego – the shifts in temperatures and humidity can cause the piano to become out of tune very quickly. If the piano is neglected and not tuned for more than a year, then the strings will become in truly terrible shape. Make sure that the piano has been consistently tuned throughout its ownership period.
While you’re learning about the tuning schedule, ask the seller who performed this tuning – if it wasn’t done by a licensed technician, it’s a near-sure bet that some corners were cut. That can affect the overall playability of the piano and also lead to possible damage that would not have occurred if it had been done by a professional.
Whether you’re buying a piano as a beginner who wants to practice between lessons or as one who has a wealth of experience playing over the years, you need to have a piano technician look it over before giving you the thumbs up that it’s worth purchasing while also telling you of any potential costs or hazards so that you can make an informed decision. This won’t come free, but whatever the price, it’s better than having to sink a lot of money into what may ultimately be unplayable.
The thing to consider is the age of the piano and its craftsmanship. The exquisitely made ones can last about 100 years, whereas the others can last about half that amount. Also, while a good amount of a used piano can be repaired, if these parts are broken, it will cost a good amount of money to fix, if at all: the pinblock, hammers, or the piano bridges. If those are broken or in bad shape, it’s a better idea to just walk away.
Once you’re satisfied that the piano has passed your inspections, along with a professional bill of health, you need to move the piano. Make sure that the spaces are wide-open to carry the piano, otherwise that could tack on moving costs. Now the piano’s in your home and you’re the new owner. Hopefully, you’ll follow these guidelines to help make it easier for someone to buy this used piano from you down the road.
The people at A C Pianocraft are happy to make your piano sound the best that it can. If you have any questions, they can help you.