Choosing Your First Instrument
Choosing your first (or next) piano is like finding a soul mate—you'll just know when it's the right one for you. But unlike finding a soul mate, selecting a piano is best supervised by an expert. Sorry mom! We suggest you give us a call before you take the plunge.
The professional, experienced staff at the Piano Teachers Federation will use their wealth of knowledge to guide you through the process.
Before You Buy, Consider…
Asking yourself several key questions before buying a piano will save you time and will help you find the best instrument for your needs. Consider these questions:
- What can I afford?
- How often will I play the piano?
- Who else might play it?
- How will it "fit" into my lifestyle?
- Do I have a certain look I like?
- Do I want an upright or grand?
- Where will it "live" in my house?
- What does the piano sound like? If you're just beginning your piano experience, bring someone with you who can help you choose a piano with quality sound.
- What kind of warranty does the piano come with?
- What kind of after-sales service does the piano have?
Buying a piano is a big decision. So again, don't hesitate you call us for guidance.
Should You Buy From a Dealer?
We strongly recommend you buy from a reputable piano dealer. Doing so ensures your piece of mind that you've spent your money well and chosen an instrument that will serve you well.
Does Your Dealer Have Industry Experience?
Some piano stores look like they've been in business for years, but may have only bought a name from a company no longer in business. You could be buying from someone with little or no in-depth understanding of pianos, service experience, or community involvement.
Bottom line: Find a dealer you trust, who knows their products, and who seeks to understand your wants and needs.
Finding a Reputable Dealer
You may not be able to tell if a dealer is trustworthy, but you can ask questions to help avoid being ripped off. Always ask:
- Do you own your premises or are you renting?
- How long have you owned your business?
- What is your warranty policy?
- Can you provide me with any testimonials?
- Do you have your own repair shop?
- What are your purchase and return policies?
If they can’t answer these basic questions, then walk away!
While we strongly recommend purchasing your piano from a reputable dealer, some may be determined to buy from a private seller. If so, consider the following advice:
Contact a reputable piano restoration company and ask them to complete an inspection of the instrument before you buy it.
Stay clear of pianos needing major restoration work. They’ll break your heart and your bank account.
Set aside an allowance of $250 to $1000 for repairs and transportation.
Should I Buy a Piano at an Auction?
You can, but don't!
Dealers and private vendors sell defunct and broken pianos at auction. The vast majority of them require significant repair and refurbishment. Worse yet, auction rules usually don't allow you conduct a proper inspection before bidding.
A Purchase of a Lifetime
Your piano should last a lifetime and often becomes a treasured family heirloom. The best advice have, we've already given: Seek out a reputable piano dealer when making your purchase and call us if you need help.