In the market for a piano, and thinking about finding a used option instead of a brand-new instrument? Learn how to protect yourself and your investment in this guest post…
Are you planning on buying a used piano and wondering how to choose the right one without getting duped? Buying a used piano can be a precarious affair, since a used piano may not come with the warranty like a brand new one. However, you can make your task easier by asking the seller the following five critical questions.
1. What’s the reason for selling the piano?
If you are visiting private houses to inspect the piano, take the time to ask why they have decided to sell this particular piano. Their answers may reveal a lot about the actual health of the piano. Someone selling the piano because they need the money, for example, is likely to have skipped out on ritual piano maintenance. On the other hand, you may find a great steal if the seller is simply moving and doesn’t want to take the instrument.
2. Was the maintenance schedule followed?
Every piano needs to be tuned at regular intervals. Skipping tuning will affect the sound quality, so it’s crucial to check if the tuning schedule was followed or not. Some owners may ask the neighborhood handyman to tune their pianos to avoid high fees, but this can cause internal damage to the piano if not done properly, which can also affect its sound quality in the long run. It’s best to hire the services of an experienced piano technician, who can check if the piano was tuned recently and assess the overall condition of the piano. If you are buying a Yamaha used piano, hire a technician who specializes in the tuning and assessing of Yamaha used pianos.
3. Who usually plays the piano?
It is crucial to check who the owner of the piano was, since it will greatly determine the condition of the piano. If a professional musician or an advanced-level piano player owned the instrument, chances are that they have kept it in top shape, as opposed to a piano mostly played by a child.
4. Has the piano been moved around?
It is important to check if the piano has been moved around frequently, as this could mean potential damage during the move. Ask how many times the piano was moved and how it was transported. It is also a good idea to check if any restoration work has been undertaken on the piano.
5. What’s the asking price?
This is probably one of the most critical factors that can influence your buying decision. Make sure you have a formal valuation of the piano done by a piano technician, and compare that to the seller’s asking price. Remember that used pianos from reputed manufacturers will be priced higher than those that are manufactured locally. Yamaha used pianos, for example, may be priced slightly higher than its counterparts, but they tend to last longer and offer better sound.
About the Author:
Freya Lewis is an avid pianist. He also deals with Yamaha used Broughton Pianos and loves cooking and writing in his free time.
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