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Pre-Owned Piano Buyers Guide

When considering the purchase of a pre-owned piano it's essential to

be well-informed to make an educated decision. Here are ten important

things you should consider when buying a used piano:


Condition: Thoroughly assess the condition of the piano. Look for signs

of wear, damage, or any structural issues like cracks, loose parts, or

warping. Pay special attention to the soundboard, strings, keys, and pedals.


Age: Determine the age of the piano by locating the manufacturer serial number. This will be located inside the piano usually near the tuning pin area. Cross reference the number by various on line searches "age of my piano", or contact a reputable piano dealer (Shirk's) or technician for assistance. All pianos have a manufacturer serial number to identify their production date. 


Brand and Model: Research the brand and model of the piano. Certain

brands are renowned for their quality and durability, while others may

have a lesser reputation. Look for reputable brands known for producing

reliable instruments.


History and Ownership: Try to gather information about the piano's

history and previous ownership. Find out how well it has been maintained

and if it has undergone any major repairs or renovations. Ask for

maintenance records if available.


Tuning Stability: Check if the piano holds its tune well. Play each note

and listen for any signs of unevenness or inconsistent sound. A piano

that holds its tuning for an extended period is a good indicator of its

overall condition.


Professional Inspection: Consider hiring a professional piano technician

to inspect the instrument thoroughly. They can provide an expert

assessment of the piano's condition, potential issues, and an estimate

of any necessary repairs.


Piano's Purpose: Determine the purpose for which you are buying the

piano. If it is for professional performances, you might require a

higher-quality instrument compared to one for personal enjoyment.


Available Space: Measure the available space in your home or desired

location to ensure the grand piano can fit comfortably. Remember to

consider additional room for proper air circulation and for the piano to

resonate effectively.


Budget: Set a budget for the purchase, keeping in mind that used grand

pianos can vary widely in price based on factors such as age, condition,

brand, and model. Consider any potential maintenance or repair costs

when setting your budget.


Playability and Sound: Finally, personally play the piano to evaluate

its playability and sound quality. Pay attention to the touch of the

keys, responsiveness, and the overall tone produced. Trust your ears and

hands to determine if it feels and sounds right to you.


By considering these ten factors, you'll be well-equipped to make an

informed decision when purchasing a used piano that suits your

needs, budget, and musical aspirations.

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