When you’re in the business of buying a luxury car, it is likely that before you part with your hard earned money you will examine the vehicle to ensure that it’s in a pristine condition and to find out more about the history of the car from the seller. When buying pianos whether brand new or second hand you should visit the seller with the same mind-set. Here at Steinway, we understand that like cars, pianos can be a minefield of terminology and that every piano is different, which is why we’ve provided a beginners guide containing advice for buying a handcrafted masterpiece.
Before you see the instrument:
This is one of the crucial stages in ensuring the instrument you purchase is of a high quality – and despite some misconceptions, this stage doesn’t just involve looking for people selling a piano.
Instead, before you buy a piano, you should have a clear idea of:
• Do you want a brand new piano or a second hand one? This may depend on how experienced a piano player you are.
• How much you’re willing to spend. The price of a good second hand piano can vary between £220 to £18,500 whilst a brand new handcrafted Steinway piano could cost £138,000.
• What type of piano do you want – Grand or Upright?
• Brush up on your terminology – after all you’ll want to know the whether the piano is overstrung or straightstung/overdamped or underdamped.
After you’ve answered these questions and found a suitable candidate, then it’s time to view the instrument. There shouldn’t be any issue when buying a brand new piano from a reputable supplier, but if buying second hand, make sure your check:
• If there’s any rust on the iron frame.
• For cracks in the wood/frame/soundboard.
• Are all the strings there and in a good condition?
By following these few tips when looking to buy pianos, you’ll be certain of purchasing an instrument which will give you a lifetime of pleasure.