Friday, December 27, 2013

Tips on How to Buy the Right Piano

Buying a piano is not as easy as it seems, and with such a huge selection of pianos available, the task gets even more difficult. Below we share some consumer-savvy tips that will help you find the right piano that suits your style and budget. 

First, consider the reason why you are buying the piano. Do you want to learn to play just for fun, as a hobby, or you want to make a serious career out of it? If it is just for fun, you need not buy the most expensive pianos on the market (unless you have the money for it.) However, if you want to take piano playing very serious and perform for other people, then you can consider getting a professional or semi-pro piano.

Second, while buying a piano you need to consider your budget. An expensive piano will generally produce great sound, but you also need to think if you can afford it easily, or will it invite any financial trouble? Pianos can require you to invest a lot, so it's easy to spend a great deal of hard-earned. Thus, before you even go out piano shopping, decide on a budget and do not go beyond it.

Third, you also need to consider the space you have to accommodate your piano. If you have a huge living room and your budget is high, then you can go for an expensive piano. However, if you do not have enough space then you must opt for a smaller one. Remember, bigger pianos will produce louder sounds. If your room is small then the music might be too loud for you to bear. So keep in mind the available space in your home when you buy your piano.

Different Types of Pianos


Keyboards are light and portable, and they offer the ability to produce a wide range of cool sounds. It does not need much space and is relatively inexpensive. You can even play it with your headphones on and so you will not be disturbing anyone. However, the quality of sound produced will not be not as great as some pianos and it might not have all the 88 keys as is present in real pianos.

Digital Pianos

Digital pianos are known to be more comfortable than the common keyboard, thus making practice more enjoyable. These types of pianos generally have all the 88 keys. The keys on digital pianos are more weighted, so you will enjoy more freedom of expression while striking the keys. The down point is you will get what you pay for. So, the more you pay for the piano, the better will be your experience.

Acoustic Pianos

You need to be very careful while buying an acoustic piano. In some acoustic pianos, you might spend hours practicing, and still might not be able to produce good sound. On the other hand, some acoustic pianos are very comfortable to play and produce great sound. So, you need to play a lot of different pianos before you decide on one.

Upright Pianos

This piano produces amazing sound. It has all the 88 keys that are properly weighted thus allowing complete freedom of expression. If you want to practice for an audition, this piano will prove immensely helpful. However, this piano can be very expensive and can take lots of space in your room.

Grand Pianos

If you want to fill up your entire house with surround sound then you should get this piano. It has all 88 full weighted keys. You can easily sit for hours practicing on it. It will add to the beauty of the room and will produce beautiful sounds. It, however, is expensive to buy and expensive to move and can take up a lot of space in your room. Now that you know everything about pianos, you can easily get the best one for yourself.

Do not forget to test and try our a few different options at your local piano dealer before buying one. This will ultimately give you the best perspective as to which type of piano is ideal for you.