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    Need some tips on buying a piano

    Hi. I want to start learning the piano and already found a place to buy it. I would really appreciate if someone could give some tips. I'm afraid to buy something wrong.

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    MUch depends on money to spend which limits you for sure, size, style etc. try and get one that has a good touch and not to soft... to get an idea maybe try out a steinway touch, yamaha , Baldwin conert for example.. that way you have a feel for what touch you may want. If you have a teacher have her/him go with you or advise you.I started out on a cardboard keyboard and then an old upright piano in my early days..couldn't afford my own instrument. Good Luck !!
    ....To play only what is written is the domain of science. To realize what is not written is the domain of art."
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    Sage advice from Bill above, Karenlouise

    When I was in the market for a piano at home, I played numerous instruments over a 6 month period and eventually narrowed my search to two ... Sohmer ... Young Chang ... I requested that the two piano's be moved into a practice room so that I could do a private side-by-side comparison. I was definitely going to buy one or the other that day. About 90 minutes later, I emerged from that practice studio with my selection (Young Chang Studio Upright Model U-121F).

    The point here is to do comparison shopping ... and like Bill stated, if you have a teacher/tutor, take them with you for advice - Get one that pleases you in sound, build quality, and how the action performs. Affordability is another issue ... and the one you might want may be slightly out of your budget, but the additional expense may well be worth it in the long run. You are going to have this piano for many many years - I bought mine 29 years ago in 1984 - it was above my "budget" for a piano, but I splurged anyway and have not regretted it one bit. Thankfully time payments spread out over 4 years helped a lot.

    Brand name wise, there will always be favourites of pianists ... what is prime for one artist can be considered a piece of junk to another ... it all boils down to what you want and and how it sounds and works best for you.

    if you had the money, a the Bösendorfer would be the way to go ... but most of us don't have $175,000 (USD) laying around for their 9.5 foot concert grand.

    Kh ♫
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    there are many brands of piano choose best one form them like size, style get a good touch and not to soft.

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    You did not mention a budget level or your expectations of performance. If you intend to play at a high level, eventually you will prefer a grand piano. There is a forum dedicated to pianos called PianoWorld which has hundreds of posts on every type of piano issue if you are interested. If you purchase a used piano, it is wise to have a piano technician inspect it before you buy. Usually about $100 for the service but it is worth it. In new grand pianos, there are consumer-grade pianos, mostly made in Asia and they vary a lot in quality and materials, and then there are higher-grade performance pianos, mostly from Japan, Europe, and the US. These involve more handwork, higher quality materials, better designs, and so on, but they are more costly. Size matters in grand pianos. Larger pianos usually are superior tone-wise as well as in the actions. In uprights, spinets and consoles are the smaller pianos and have many design issues, but they are affordable, and the larger "upright grands" are usually older piano designs and may be playable or may be money-pits. Very few pianos over 10 years old are in top shape. Even new pianos need regular tuning, as well as other work such as regulation, voicing, etc. A good acoustic piano can be totally rebuilt if it is old and has good bones, but usually these end up costing almost as much as a new piano. Top brands are Bosendoerfer, Steinway, Schimmel, Bechstein, Sohmer, and others. Some other good piano brands at slightly lower prices include Yamaha and Kawai. Steinway offers two lower-priced brands in their stores: Boston and Essex. These can be ok, too. Check out Piano Buyers Price Guide for more articles, general price information, and so on if you are interested. There is an online version that can be read for free on PianoWorld. Good luck!

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