Buying Used Pianos: Smart Consumer Tips and Advice
Buying used pianos is a very personal thing, which is like shopping for intimate apparel. A used piano is not always a way to save on piano purchases. Take note that some pianos become more expensive as the years go by. In fact, some of these old pianos eventually become collector's items.
Do Your Homework
Don't fall for any old piano sold or advertised on the Internet. It will still be in the buyer's best interest to personally inspect the piano in question. Just like any antique that people buy, remember that you should not judge a piano by how it looks like on the outside. In fact, even a good looking new piano might be a bothersome instrument if you inspect its insides.
Newspapers and the Internet are not the only places to look for an old piano. Look for music departments in various schools and ask if they have any pianos that they plan to retire soon. Pianos and other musical instruments that are to be retired are usually sold at more affordable prices.
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Check the Mileage
The next question that needs to be answered is who the previous owner of the said instrument was and how much was it used or played. This will help people decide whether used pianos are still playable or how much of its usable life is left. Expect pianos retired from concert halls to require more care since they have tend to have been used more often.
Determine the Piano's Age
Another way to identify whether an old piano is still playable is to determine its age. To do this, check out the manufacturer's name. This usually located on the exterior of the instrument or somewhere near the keyboard.
After identifying the piano's brand, locate its serial number. Check the inside of the piano and look for the metal plate where its serial number is engraved. Sometimes both the brand and serial number of the piano is engraved on this plate.
Using the brand and serial number, check the manufacturer's website or other online resources to determine the age of the said musical instrument. Take note that vertical pianos manufactured prior to the 1930s of whatever brand are usually difficult to bring to a playable condition. Repairing such instruments might cost you quite a considerable sum of money.
Check the Musical Instrument's Sound Quality
Of course, after inspecting the physical condition of the piano, check out how it sounds. You might want to hire a piano technician to inspect used pianos to get a second opinion before committing to purchase an item.
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