How To Evaluate A Used Piano?
You’ve decided to buy a piano, but you’ve also found that a new one is out of your price range. Your next option is to buy a used one.What can you do to make sure that you evaluate a used piano properly so that you don’t have to sink a lot of money into making it playable once you’ve already made the purchase?
Before you go to take a look at the piano, there are some things that you should take with you – being prepared is important – so that you can make a thorough inspection: a flashlight, several types of screwdrivers, including a flat-headed one and a Phillips screwdriver. Get a small brush to get rid of potential dust buildup and a tuning fork, though that last one is optional, depending on your level of ability in terms of note differentiation .
The first thing you want to do is look at the exterior of the piano. First gauge it from an aesthetic point of view – is it too large for your place? Is it the right type – would you prefer a grand piano? Once you’ve determined that the size is right, check on its condition. While a piano with some scuffs or nicks on it might still be in very playable shape, it could indicate that there’s something amiss inside. If you’re buying an upright piano, look at the back of it for any signs that its structure is not stable or intact. That should eliminate it immediately since repairing it would be very expensive.
Look at the soundboard, and also look for other cracks that could lead to repairs down the road. If a soundboard has some cracks, it may not scuttle the sale unless it affects the overall sound of the piano.
Next, you can sit at the piano and test it out. It should go without saying that a seller who doesn’t want you to do that is one that should raise red flags immediately. Test each key to make sure it’s responsive and none of them are stuck. Play some chord progressions.
Open the piano up – that’s why you have the tools. You wouldn’t buy any used things, cars, tools, or anything else without inspecting them, right? Again, take any hesitation from the seller as a warning sign to possibly walk away. If you’re looking at an upright, take the top off and the cover of the music board. If you’re looking at a grand, lift up the top and prop it up. Look at the panels to see if they are warped or loose. Examine the strings. Make sure the cast-iron plate isn’t cracked.
Once you’ve made sure that the piano satisfies all your conditions, you can go ahead and purchase it. One risk that you take if you buy it from a private seller as opposed to a larger retailer is that you may not have the ability to get any kind of warranty, so be sure to inspect everything thoroughly so as to guard as much as possible against having to pay more money later for repairs. If you’re positive, though… enjoy the piano with your family!