A Few Important Things to Remember When Buying Your First Used Piano

29 March 2016
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Buying your first piano may seem like a daunting task, but once you have that piano in your home and can play and practice whenever you want, it will be worth the time and effort! Buying a used piano isn't something you should do too quickly, as you need to ensure that you opt for the right one for your home and that you know what's involved with buying a piano, so note a few important tips before you shop.

1. Transportation

When you buy a used piano, usually you need to provide transportation, and this isn't something to take lightly. Trying to move an upright piano in the back of a truck can be a mistake, as they can easily tip when going around the slightest corner, even at slow speeds. Tying down a piano with cords can damage the exterior of the piano, and the cords may rub up against the keys and put them out of place. It's always good to choose an actual piano mover for your transportation needs, but be sure that you can find one in your area and that you know the pricing before you make your purchase.

2. Tuning

A used piano can sound very "clunky," but it may still be a good purchase; it might simply be out of tune. The piano works by striking certain cords or strings behind the keys, which produces a note; the cords or strings may simply need to be tightened or otherwise adjusted for the piano to produce the right note. When buying a used piano, it's good to have a piano tuner check it out before you buy so you can tell if it just needs to be tuned or if there is actual damage to the body or internal boards of the piano that would require major repairs.

3. Size and weight

A full-size piano can look very elegant, but you need to consider how easily you can get that piano into your home and if your home's flooring can actually support the weight of the piano. Some older homes may have worn floorboards that are not meant to hold the weight of such an instrument, and you may find that your floor suddenly starts to creak more after your piano arrives. This may be because the floorboards are actually sagging under the weight of your piano. An older, used piano made of thicker hardwoods may be especially heavy.  If you're unsure of the condition of your home's flooring or if you know that you have lightweight tiles or floor planks in your home, choose a smaller piano or an upright piano instead.