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Ten Tips for Purchasing a New Piano

New pianosare a big investment; so before going out and buying the first pianoyou see, there are a few things to consider.

1. Shop around. Pianosare not all the same and everypianowill not be right for you. Make sure and look at as many pianosas you can before making a decision. Always remember to play and inspect a pianobefore you buy it!

2.Placement. Make sure you have a space ready for your new pianobefore you buy it. Factors such as room size, carpeting etc. will make a difference in how your piano sounds. When buying a piano, be conscious of the space you’re going to put the pianoin; if you’re not sure how a piano would sound in your space, don’t be afraid to ask.

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3.Moving. Before purchasing a piano, find out who is responsible for moving it. Private retailers usually expect you (the buyer) to do the moving yourself, while large pianomanufacturers will often handle the moving for you. Always remember to hire professionals to assist with the moving. Moving a pianoby yourself will cause expensive damage to your new piano.

4.Hire a professional.Having a professional help you choose a piano is a good idea if you don’t know a whole lot about pianos.

5.Play.Don’t be afraid to play and test the pianothoroughly before you buy it to be sure it is in good condition.

6.Age.Pianoshave a long life span (30-60 years), so don’t be turned off if a pianois 20 years old, it could still be in pristine condition.

7.Be cautious.If a seller is trying to turn your attention to the new finish on the exterior of the piano rather than telling you about the life of the piano, be suspicious. This is a common trick to distract buyers from actual problems with the piano.

8.Initial call.Before taking the time to drive over and look at a piano, call the seller and get some background information about the piano. Information like age and value of the piano will help you decide whether or not to actually take time to look at the piano.

9.Tune.Before taking lessons with your new piano, be sure that it is properly tuned. Practicing on an out of tune pianowill get you nowhere.

10.Price. Plan on spending at least $100 on moving and tuning thepiano(this is on top of the cost of the piano). Don’t try to save money by moving the pianoyourself when a professional pianomover can safely move your piano.

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