03 Jan Piano Buying Guide
Sometimes the hardest part about taking piano lessons is just beginning the process. First, you have to find an instructor who is a perfect fit for you or your child, then you have to find an instrument to practice on. Given that a new, moderately priced acoustic piano can cost approximately $3,500, it can be quite an investment.
Buying a new piano, however, is not your only choice. We’ve outlined some other good options for you.
Used Acoustic Pianos: Search Craigslist and estate sales ads, and you’ll find lots of used pianos at decent prices. Given the thousands of parts that go into making a piano it’s difficult for novices to know if they’re getting a good deal or if they just bought a piano that’s beyond repair. If you see a used piano you’re interested in purchasing, have someone inspect it for you; either a friend who is a musician or piano technician. To get a sense of all the different parts you need to examine to ensure a functioning piano, read this buyer’s guide.
Another good option is to buy a used piano from a dealer. Often those pianos have been repaired, tuned and come with a dealer’s warranty.
Rental: Renting acoustic pianos gives you access to some of the best piano manufacturers in the world without paying the total cost up front. Steinway Piano Gallery in nearby Pasadena and West Hollywood offers a rental program that charges approximately $45 a month for an upright piano, according to its website. Many other piano galleries also offer rentals.
Digital Pianos: Playing on digital pianos isn’t the same experience as practicing on an acoustic piano but it can be a great alternative for those limited in space and budget. We recommend pianos with weighted keys so it feels similar the keys on the pianos you or your children will use at The Music Junction. We also recommend buying models with 88 keys.
These are some basic guidelines. We would be happy to offer more in-depth advice to get you started on music lessons at The Music Junction.
The Music Junction offers piano and voice lessons from our Burbank and Hollywood locations. Call us today to learn more.