Buyer’s Guide – New vs. Used
Choosing between a new and used instrument can be a tough decision. There are arguments for both sides. There are several factors to consider before making your decision. Many people feel that pianos are like cars, in the sense that they lose there value over time. Quality pianos are quite the opposite, they go up in value every year.
Obviously, the first benefit of choosing a used piano is a lower price tag. But, in the piano world, just like everything else, the general rule of thumb is that you get what you pay for. When shopping for a used instrument at Piano Craft you can rest assured that our expert technicians have inspected the pianos inside and out, and if it doesn’t pass our strict quality control standards, the piano simply won’t be sold on our floor.
The benefit of buying a new instrument is the fact that you have a brand new piano complete with a manufacturers warranty. If you buy your piano from a reputable manufacturer, you can be confident in knowing that with proper care and maintenance, your piano will last for generations to come.
The general consensus seems to be that a lower end used piano is suitable for those who are just starting out on the piano, or those who play recreationally and don’t mind sacrificing certain features to own a more affordable piano. However, if a student plans on taking the piano seriously, it’s usually a better idea to go ahead and spend a little extra on a new instrument. This makes the learning process more enjoyable for the student and the family can take pride in there beautiful new piano.
There are exceptions. Quality pianos can last well over 100 years, and there are many good deals to be found in the used piano market. The easiest way to find the piano for you is to consider your budget, what type of piano you want, what the instrument will be used for, and how important the security of a warranty and a brand new instrument are to you.