Step by Step Guide
to Buying a Piano
Buying a piano can be a simple or complex experience. It all depends upon how much you want to do yourself and how much you already know. By this point in time, you have already done some self exploration as well as gained an overview on what you will need to help you in your piano search.
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|1.||Personal Needs Experts: People who can
help you determine your personal needs are yourself (of course),
family members, friends, doctor's (if you have physical
that need to be taken into consideration) and others who have
knowledge of you and your situation. In seeking advice from
others, it is usually helpful to remember you are making the ultimate
decision and to preserve your ability to do that. You will
know best who can contribute to your process of discovering your own
needs in a constructive manner.
|2.||Interior Design Consultants: People who
can help you determine where you should put a piano in the room and
how the furniture and other items in the room will need to be arranged
to accommodate the piano. If you already have an interior
designer, you might want to involve them in the decision process of
what size, color and style the piano should be. If you do your
own interior design, but just need some help visualizing where to put
the piano in the room, you can hire a
piano consultant to come to your
home with a piano template the right size or just buy or borrow a
template and do it yourself.
|3.||Furniture Experts: People who understand
wood, refinishing, cabinet construction and piano styling. You
might hire someone with these skills to examine a piano that needs
cabinet work. Piano refinishers and piano appraisers
trained in identifying various potential problems and estimating the
extent and cost of repairs are experts you can call on for this.
|4.||Piano Performance Experts: People who can
play the piano at an advanced or professional level. You might
hire someone with these skills to play various pianos for you, or
select a piano for you if you are especially concerned about the tone
and touch of a piano and how well it performs, but don't yet know how
to play the piano yourself to the skill level necessary to make a good
|5.||Piano Technology Experts:
People who understand the inner workings of a piano and what is required to
repair, restore, rebuild or remanufacture one. You might
hire a piano
technician with these skills to inspect a new or used piano when you want
to know what condition it is in, whether it has any serious defects,
if it needs upgrading to reach it's potential.
|6.||Piano Upgrade Estimation Experts: People
who understand how to estimate the cost of upgrading a piano, whether
it be for repair, rebuilding, refinishing or any other type of
restoration. You might
hire an expert who can evaluate what a piano needs to
reach its potential if want to know how
much it will cost to determine if
the piano you are looking at is worth buying.
|7.||General Experience Experts: People who
can measure the length of a piano, a room, describe what a piano looks
like, etc. Usually you and a seller will have basic general experience skills
which allow you to see a piano and describe what you see to someone
|8.||Piano Appraisal Experts: People who
understand enough about the market conditions to know what given
pianos will likely sell for in given situations. Usually you can
an expert to give you market information in various
circumstances. There are estate appraisers, piano technicians,
wholesale buyers, salespeople, antique buyers, general appraisers and
others who call themselves piano appraisers. You would
want to hire someone with the specific expertise that you need in
order to meet your needs.
|A.|| For example, a wholesale buyer,
antique buyer or salesperson can usually give you a price that
indicates what they would pay you to buy your piano outright or sell
it on consignment. Their motivation is to obtain the piano at
the lowest net to you that is possible and often their appraisal will
reflect what prices are to their advantage, not to yours. If you have
to move fast and want them to buy your piano, then their services can
be valuable to you.
|B.|| Estate appraisers and general appraisers can
evaluate multiple items that you are selling at the same time,
including the piano. If you don't want to separate your piano
out from the rest of the items you have to sell and want one person to
handle everything, then their services may be of value to you.
But they may not have the "piano specific" knowledge to know
what details about your piano might make it more or less valuable in
the piano marketplace.
Piano technicians can usually tell you
what condition a piano is in, a bit about it's history and age and
what they would charge you to repair or upgrade it. If you want
to know this information about a piano or want that particular
technician to perform work for you, then their services may be of
value to you. But, technician's are often lacking in marketplace
experience and may over or undervalue your piano.
|D.||Also, if you
want to compare several pianos with each other, then if the technician
does not use a standard like the PFS or something comparable, then the
information he gives you may not be as understandable and helpful as
you need to make a good decision and comparison. If you are
considering more than one expert to do work on your piano, then you
need to know that the technician will be primarily biased to selling
his/her own work, not a competitors. It might be better to
a piano appraiser who experience in several areas of expertise,
including piano technology.
|9.||Piano Consultants: People who have been
educated about the important issues in all these areas of expertise,
but are skilled in making things simple for you and giving you the
most important information for your specific situation in the least
amount of time. A good consultant's job is to save you
time. Piano consultation is an emerging profession.
Piano teachers, technicians and salespeople have been offering advice
for years. However, salespeople cannot really be unbiased consultant's
because they are primarily concerned about selling their pianos to a
buyer. And unless a teacher or technician has made consulting a
professional level service for buyers, there will usually be much
lacking in what you receive for your money and how much time it really
saves you. You can hire a
Piano Consultant through Piano Finders.
People who represent the interests of the buyer, not the seller.
When you use the
Finders Full Service Buying Options, the Piano Finder representative you
will work with is your buyer's agent. Also, when you shop
used pianos for sale section, the person who refers you to the seller is
your buyer's agent.
|11.||Piano Display Experts: People who provide
showroom space in a commercial or residential area for a piano to be
displayed in to potential buyers. Piano Dealers, Consignment
shops, Auction Houses and sometimes independent business people, like piano teachers,
are often the ones providing this service. You are usually not
"hiring" a person to do this, you are either selling your
piano to them outright or paying a commission for them to sell and
display it for you.
|12.||Seller's Agents: People who sell
pianos. A seller agent can be a salesperson on a showroom floor,
a technician or teacher selling a piano for a client or a private
party selling their own piano. The primary motivation of the
seller agent is to sell their pianos to the right buyers. The
more skilled seller's agents are able to give the buyer useful and
helpful information that will help them understand what the features,
benefits and liabilities are of the pianos they are selling.
|13.||Piano Storage Companies: People who
provide you a place to store your piano when you don't have space for
it in your own location for a period of time. If you are remodeling or moving, you
may need short or long term storage for your piano. Moving
companies, storage companies and private individuals provide storage
space. You will want to be sure to understand the humidity
conditions the piano will be stored in, whether it will be upright or
on its side, issues of insurance in order to pick the right type of
storage for your situation.
|14.||Piano Movers: People who specialize in moving
pianos. There are numerous movers who do not move anything else
Local movers and long distance movers generally
specialize in various types of moves (stairs, etc.) and limit
themselves to specific geographical locations.
People who tune your piano. Piano tuners are trained to bring a piano
up to pitch. Not all piano tuners also have piano technology or other
types of expertise. You can
hire a piano tuner through Piano Finders.
|16.||Piano Teachers: People who teach piano
lessons. Piano teachers are trained to know how to teach people
to play the piano, learn to read sheet music and other performance
skills. Not all piano teachers have piano technology, appraisal
or other types of piano related expertise.