When looking to buy a piano it is likely to be something that you have been considering for a while, and it will probably be a big investment. New instruments can be very expensive so many budding musicians tend to begin by buying a second hand keyboard.
With this in mind you won’t want to rush into making any decisions without thinking through all of your options. There are a number of things that you will want to find out about the piano before you make your final purchase.
Kerr McIntosh of Key Player who supply pianos in Glasgow and Edinburgh gives some tips on what to look out for when buying a used instrument.
Has the piano been tuned?
Ideally, the piano should already be tuned before you are due to view it as this will allow you to test it out and see how it plays. It may also be worth finding out how often tuning has been required as an unusually high number of tunings in a short space of time may indicate that there is a problem with the piano.
Has the piano had any maintenance?
As well as finding out about when the piano was last tuned, you should also be told about any maintenance work that has been carried out on the piano and who carried out this maintenance. Any work that has been carried out on the piano should have been done by a professional. Finding out exactly who has handled the piano in the past will allow you to see how much care has been taken with regard to upkeep and maintenance.
Where has the piano been stored?
The climate of the room where the piano is stored needs to be carefully controlled in order to protect the piano from any damage that extreme temperatures may cause. If the piano is being kept in a showroom then it is likely that the temperature will be carefully monitored. However, this may not be the case if it has been kept in the stockroom. If you are buying from a private seller then finding out where it was kept should be one of the first things that you find out.… more