Guest Post by Eugene Hix
Freelance writer Eugene Hix is a father of two and a devoted husband –except when he’s writing. When not engrossed in writing though, he is also into horseback riding, camping, and teaching his boys how to play the piano.
Even musically inclined piano learners will not progress without instruments to practice on at home. Both beginners and virtuosos have to practice daily to improve their ears, finger taps, and musical sense. If you are in the market for a piano that suits your skill level, budget and space, you need a definitive and easy-to-follow guide. Here are 5 things you need to consider when selecting a piano to buy:
Like anything we purchase, pianos vary in price depending on the brand, quality and condition – whether used or brand new. High-end pianos are made from the most durable and finest materials and you could keep them for a long time. However, if your budget is limited, consider buying a piano that is within your range. A pre-owned or second-hand piano is also a cheap option.
Find out the main use of the piano to help you decide which one is best for you. If you are buying a piano to add some accent to your home, then an elegant and sophisticated acoustic piano made of real wood and strings would be a good choice. On the other hand, if you are going to use it daily to sharpen your skills, then a digital or an upright piano would be ideal.
Piano is a good investment if you are able to purchase a high-quality one. When selecting from pre-owned or new grand pianos, look for qualities such as pleasing tone, superb finish and responsive keys. Relying solely on what the piano dealer tells you will not guarantee the best deal. If you are clueless on how to inspect the piano’s quality, tag along a seasoned musician or technician to help you make a sound decision.
Condition of the Piano
A condition of the piano dictates the price as well as your decision-making. If you are buying a used piano, be sure to check the structural condition of its essential parts such as the frame, pedal arms, and keys. Never be persuaded by heavily discounted pianos without testing them thoroughly. Remember a cheap piano is useless if you have to rebuild it. Testing is even more critical when you are buying from individual dealer without a comprehensive warranty.
Pianos come in different colors and shapes. Typical pianos come in a neutral color, black or white – these three colors are a popular choice among buyers. Mahogany is also a shade preferred by most customers who love the classic style. This also complements most living room interiors. Although the choice of color will not affect your learning progress, if it is going take up a huge space inside your home, the color has to blend with your interior design.
Taking all these factors into consideration, you are likely to come home with a satisfied smile because you’re assured that the piano you bought is what you really want.
This is your Brain on Piano
Check out this neat poster displaying the multitude of reasons why playing piano is a great "whole body exercise."
Elizabeth Borowsky is a pianist, teacher, and composer. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano (Music Teachers National Association).