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What To Consider When Buying A Used Grand Piano


When buying a used grand piano, it can be tricky to know what to look for. Whether experienced or only getting into music for the first time, understanding the essential elements is key to finding a good deal. Armed with the proper knowledge, you can appreciate the sound quality and the instrument’s treatment over the years. Previously owned instruments that have been cared for are always a great investment, producing a high-quality sound while not costing you an arm and a leg. When you go through professional suppliers like us, you can experience an ideal range of options that are well maintained and stand in high quality. Read on to find some helpful tips to know when you are looking at the available options for used grand pianos for sale

The Brand In Question 

Look for quality brands such as Yamaha, Bösendorfer, Steinway & Sons, Kawai, and Wm. Knabe & Co., as these are known for longevity and quality. If you can get these models or brands for a good price second-hand, you can be sure you are investing in something that will hold up to their standard throughout their lives. A higher-quality brand means higher quality parts, lasting far longer than lower quality or generic elements. Often these brands can be found within a secon-hand range if you know where to look, and when maintained, they can still produce the same beautiful notes they were created for. When you know your instrument was designed with care, you can be more at ease about the quality of the second-hand instrument you are purchasing. 

The Age Of The Instrument 

An instrument’s reasonably expected life can vary from 20 to 100 years, depending on the make and materials. Only the finest handmade products can be expected to still perform well after about 70 years, whereas most mass-produced models have a maximum life of around half a decade if cared for ideally. This element is why it is best to find a high-quality option that still holds to its sound and ability. While it may be seen as better to some to buy lower quality, new models, having access to these brands second-hand can ensure you have a far better instrument to play. In addition, this level of material and ability can be a tremendous guiding line for first-time buyers who are unsure of what age is unsuitable for them when discussing quality. 

Listen For Strange Noises

While tuning can be adjusted, and usually, something that is completed before you purchase the instrument, a buzzing, rattle, or a severely out-of-tune key can be a telltale sign of an underlying issue you will need to tend to. This is why you need to purchase your instrument from a trusted seller who can provide you with quality options at all times. Reliable sellers will let you know of any defaults and usually repair them long before they intend to sell them. While some are simple and cheap to fix, others could require particular parts or components to work correctly, which is another reason to go for known, high-quality brands. Therefore, when shopping for your instrument, it is best to find the most precise, cleanest sound possible and listen for anything out of the ordinary in the notes. Otherwise, you must ensure you trust the store you buy from.

When you buy a used grand piano, it is best to fully understand what you are looking for and how to tell the quality of the instrument before you buy it. There are many options to choose from, and you must be sure you are investing in your musical experience. Without a professional showroom and insightful guidance, we can advise you on the available options and find the ideal range for you. Contact us today to find out more about these services.




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