How To Buy a Piano?
Deciding to bring a piano into your life is a big decision, kind of like getting a puppy. It’s certainly not something you should do on a whim: first you need to find out if you’re allergic, and make sure that you have enough newspapers for house training…oh, wait, those are the decisions that factor into getting a puppy, not a piano. But believe it or not, deciding to get a piano requires just as much---if not more—consideration as deciding to get a puppy!
Buy or...Get a Free Piano
Notice that I say “get” rather than “buy” because you don’t necessarily have to purchase one--in many cases, a piano can be had for free.
Just check your local classified ads; you will find many people willing to give the family piano away to a good home.
However, there are other financial considerations to take into account…even if the piano is free, it will still need to be moved and tuned. Luckily, Bennett Piano Movers of Atlanta can handle all of that for you at a very reasonable price…not only will they carefully move your new piano into your home, they have over 30 years of extensive piano tuning knowledge as well!
New or Used
However, in a lot of cases, you will choose to buy a piano, whether new or used, from a certified piano dealer, and if you do, you have a lot to decide.
First of all, where will the piano be located in your home? How much space do you have for it? Before you head to the store, take a few measurements. You should also consider re-arranging the existing furniture…even if the piano will technically fit in your chosen area, how will the rest of furniture be distributed in the room? Make sure the piano will enhance your space, not crowd it.
Another cosmetic consideration is that of finish…do you like dark wood such as mahogany and cherry, or do you prefer lighter woods, like maple and oak? Most piano dealers offer options in terms of cabinetry and finish.
Visit The Piano Store
Once you have a general idea of what you are looking for in terms of aesthetics, you will need to visit the store and actually play the pianos offered for sale. Even if you don’t know how to make music, play a scale or a chord. Listen to the different sound that each piano makes…all pianos, even perfectly in tune with each other, will have a different “tone” or “voice”. The voice of a piano can range from a sound frequently described as “glassy”, to a sound that is deep and rich. You will be living with your piano for a long time, so you want to make sure you like how it sounds!
New, or Refurbished
Once you have decided on the style, the finish, and the voice of your piano, you have just a few more things to consider. For instance, is the piano you are purchasing new, or is it refurbished?
There is nothing wrong with purchasing a refurbished piano, but you will need to make sure that it is in good shape. Even if you are a piano novice, you can verify the quality of the piano by hiring a Registered Piano Technician to accompany you to the store.
Also, be certain that your piano, whether brand- new or refurbished, comes with a warranty. People often forget that a piano can be a major investment and, as with every other large purchase, you want to make sure you’re protected. It’s a good idea to check in with your insurance agent to see if you need to add your piano to your homeowner’s policy, as well.
As you can see, there is a lot that goes into bringing a piano into your life… and once you’ve made that decision, be sure to contact Bennett Piano Movers. Not only can they get that beautiful new piano safely situated in your home, they can keep it tuned throughout its lifetime.
Keep in mind, though, that if you also decide to get a new puppy, keep it away from your piano… piano legs will look mighty tempting to those sharp little teeth!