• "We are fortunate to entrust our instruments to his care"
    - Dr. Tracey Laird, Agnes Scott College Music Chair
    "I highly recommend Haasenritter Piano Service"
    - Geary Brogden, Minister of Music, Ramah Baptist Church
    "My Baldwin piano sounds great, never sounded this good since the day I bought it."
    - Karen Douglassville, GA.

Piano Purchase Advice

What kind of piano should I buy? – This is a question I am asked often and is a very broad one at that!  It is similar to asking, “What kind of car should I get?”  When most people ask this question, they do not realize that there are different types of pianos and that some are not appropriate for certain pianists.  Knowing this may make a significant difference in what you plan to purchase.  So, a better question to ask is, “Given my personal priorities and experience, what piano(s) would be appropriate for me to buy?”  So, instead of complicating things with what types of pianos and brand names are available, let’s start with finding out what your priorities are!  Here are some questions to help you discover what is most important to you, not the salesperson!

 – Do you want to purchase a new piano or used piano?

– Would you rather have a grand piano or an upright piano?

– If a grand piano, how much floor space do you have for it?

– What cabinet style do you want?

– Which is prettier to you: wood tone pianos or ebony pianos?

– Do you want a satin or high-gloss finish?

– Do you have a particular piano name brand that you must own?

– What is the pianist’s current experience level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctorate, Artist)?

 

The following two questions are the most important questions you should answer before buying your next piano

– What is the pianist’s long-term educational goals, serious aspirations or parental requirements (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctorate, Artist)?  Musically speaking, this is the most important priority in determining which piano(s) is appropriate for your needs!!

– What is your piano budget?  This obviously determines what kind of quality level of pianos you can choose from.

 

Often people have “sticker shock” when they find out just how much pianos cost these days.  As a matter of fact, a new piano will usually be the third or fourth most expensive item you will ever purchase!  So, here are some good rules of thumb for buying a piano.

  1. The price for a new grand piano will often mirror the bumper sticker price of a car of comparable quality!  (If you want a piano of similar quality to a Mercedes, it will cost you about the same)
  2. Bigger is nearly always better (That is why there are 9 foot long grand pianos on the concert stage)
  3. Grand pianos are superior to upright pianos (That is why there are 9 foot long grand pianos on the concert stage – Is there an echo in here?)
  4. A tall upright piano will sound better than a small grand piano (Just trust me on this one)

Avoid the following pianos:

  • Spinets (see rule #2)
  • Square pianos (actually they are rectangular)
  • Old uprights (you know, grandma’s really tall, really big one)
  • Free pianos (you get what you pay for)
  • “Rebuilt” pianos unless you’ve had a quality piano technician inspect it first (there is a lot of “shade-tree” rebuilding going on)

New Pianos (advice coming soon)

Used Pianos (advice coming soon)

Grand Pianos (advice coming soon)

Upright Pianos (advice coming soon)

Avoiding “lemons” (advice coming soon)