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    Question Where can I buy used pianos?

    Hello, I am new to this forum and just started playing. My brother has been playing for years so I figured I'd finally give it a try. I do not want to spend an arm and a leg on a piano. I am a beginner and want to make sure it's really for me. I am willing to purchase a used one as long as it is usable and in decent condition. I live in New York (Long Island). Are there any stores that you would recommend?

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    Maybe you can find one in the classified adds. I know that the New York Times
    has one. I've read that newspaper myself and I live in Kentucky.
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    Check out your local Thrift or Charity shops ... they may have a decent piano (probably needs tuning) for a relatively lower price than that of a piano merchant.

    Also, some music stores have a 'rent to own' program ... one can rent pretty cheaply, and have all the rent apply towards purchase later on.

    If you are looking for a place to practice, check with your local churches - many have pianos sitting idle all week long and may allow you to practice on them.

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    Great idea. I never thought about going to my church to practice. Thanks!

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    I got my first piano in a thrift shop called Unique. Look near the furniture in any thrift shop. While you may have to go on a bit of a hunt this way you may find what you are looking for at a very low cost. If you are looking for something a bit sooner I suggest Frank and Camilles West in New York City. A few months ago i got a good deal on a Pramberger Console. Frank and Camilles West
    If the link doesn't work and you need help finding it, just message me and I can help you out. Hope this helps!

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    Thanks for the help guys!

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    Try this one. But if you're not an expert on musical instruments, its better to find some ome who is.

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    There are many classified sites from where you get the best deal for piano

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    Be very careful buying a used piano. Craigslist has many offered every day and it is one good source, but many times owners think their instruments are worth more than they really are. They may say the piano just needs tuning. A piano needs tuning 2-4 times a year and if it has been let go for a year or more, and many used pianos have not even been tuned in many years, the piano may need a pitch raise, several tunings, or worse, new hammers, strings, or other work. Have a piano technician inspect the potential sale and give you an estimate of the cost of putting the instrument in top playing condition before buying. It may cost about $100 depending on where you live, but it can save a big mistake.

    Dealers in new pianos often have many used pianos for sale and usually they are well-tuned and may have some sort of warranty, but even with these, I would consider an independent tech's inspection (not a tech who works for the piano store.) Sometimes prices are negotiable, too. You may pay more than through Craigslist or other sources, but you may have more peace of mind. You can also look at pianos on PianoMart online to get an idea what people are asking. Many of the pianos offered there are from dealers, but some of regular owners. Prices can be accurate or inflated. It varies as much as any other source.

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