Mistakes That Piano Buyers Make

Mistakes That Piano Buyers Make

Piano buyers need to know what they want before buying

There’s a list of things they need to consider beforehand

Not doing this can lead to costly repairs

Mistakes piano buyers make and how to avoid themBuying a piano is a big investment. One can get many hours of musical pleasure from it… or they may find themselves spending more money than anticipated.  It’s always best to learn from other people’s errors. Here are some of the bigger mistakes that would-be piano buyers make – or sometimes don’t make out of inaction:

    • Buying a piano without forethought of how to use it. People purchase this magnificent instrument oftentimes with the best of intentions. They or their child or another family member are going to practice ALL the time. Just like New Years Resolutions, these often fall by the wayside. Then the piano becomes a decoration. An expensive one.   
    • Taking no consideration of what actually goes into taking care of a piano. This is not a “set-it-and-forget-it” purchase. A piano requires a lot of upkeep over the years as well as being played often.
    • Not putting the piano to proper use with lessons. The piano was
    • Taking in old heirloom piano rather than investing in new one. Yes, a relative may have left a piano behind that they took exquisite care of before they passed on. That tends to be the exception rather than the norm. There tend to be flaws with these pianos and they can become very expensive if they need to be repaired.


  • Not getting advice from the proper people before buying. There are a lot of experts that people can consult before buying a new piano. The internet has made things even easier. Still, there are some people who insist on buying a new piano without doing a modicum of research. That usually winds up being an expensive mistake.


  • Buying a used piano without proper inspection. This usually goes hand in hand with the previous one, since one thing prospective used piano buyers are always told by anyone with any experience is to have the piano inspected beforehand. Otherwise, expensive flaws may be missed. Never accept “as is”, even if one knows the seller well.  
  • Not getting the entire family on same page before purchase. One family member wants to get the best piano because they think that their offspring is the next Mozart. The other doesn’t agree and there’s a bitter struggle that usually ends with no one being happy.
  • Keep putting the purchase off. This is basically someone who keeps window-shopping for a piano but not actually committing to buying it. Unfortunately for them, they may find that the prices for the piano keep rising. Then that continues a cycle of putting it on the back burner. The piano market is not like the housing one. There’s no bubble that’s going to burst and bring the prices to rock-bottom.  A surefire recipe for regret.
  • Buying it too quickly. This one might seem a bit odd after looking at the preceding bullet point, but jumping at the first piano that one sees might set them up for suffering a lot of the aforementioned problems. Then there will be a lot of regret. Judiciously waiting is one thing – it pays to look around. Constantly deferring and seeing the prices go up is another.
  • Not paying the proper price. This is where the saying, “You get what you pay for comes it. Pay too little and one risks getting a lemon of a piano that costs much more than one would have bargained for. They may also get too good of a piano for a family that has a little child barely out of diapers and is NOT the next musical prodigy. It’s all about accurately assessing their situation.

This is intended as a helpful guide to buying pianos – not cause one to possibly go into over-analysis paralysis. There are MANY happy piano owners out there. It’s all a matter of several things – judicious assessment of one’s situation, careful shopping and proper use and maintenance.

A.C. Pianocraft can help on all three. The craftsmen there have over 200 years of combined experience… and they can help guide potential buyers through the process. There’s even a showroom where they have exquisitely-tuned pianos of all kinds for sale.