Acoustic versus digital
Digital keyboards are affordable alternatives especially for young families seeking to understand if piano lessons will be long-term in their household. If you choose to purchase a keyboard for this reason, we highly recommend moving away from a digital keyboard sooner rather than later as this can lead to habits that can be later difficult to correct.
Who will play the piano?
Its important to consider who will be playing the piano now and potentially in the future. Many people are looking for themselves, family members – or both! For example, some upright pianos are ideal for young children as they are shorter in length and ideal for those with limited space. This is a potential solution for those looking to upgrade later on. Alternatively, some customers prefer to invest in a piano that they can grow into. There is no right or wrong answer as every customer’s requirements are unique.
Pianos are built to last and quality pianos maintained well can retain their value for many generations. With many of these pianos fully restored or seldom played, a second-hand piano can be a tremendously unique investment. At Theme and Variations Piano Services, we are experts in piano servicing with most of our second-hand piano range having been serviced by us. This means in most cases we are able to provide historical information to guide you in the right direction.
Got lots of space?
Consider the space that you have available in your home – height, width and depth. It’s a great idea to have those measurements handy and take a tape measure when shopping around.
Try before you buy
Have an idea of what kind of tone you like. Do you like bright sounding pianos, or more rounded tones. It’s ideal to play each piano that takes your interest. If you’re a beginner don’t be shy and have a go, if not ask the sales staff to play for you.
Have a budget in mind
Having a budget that you need to work within can help minimise your search with so many options. By telling sales staff what your approximate budget is will help them find something affordable for you.