Things You Should Remember Before Buying an Used Piano
It is very genuine that we may need to buy used piano probably in a shortage of money. Since buying new piano will be very costly. However, you cannot buy randomly any used piano.
There is a high possibility that the used piano you bought is defected and you don’t have any idea about it. So you have to look after certain things before buying other’s used piano.
At first, you have to know that how old the piano is and who made it. On the basis of this information, you will be able to know that how long the piano can provide service.
Secondly, you have to query about how often the piano was being tuned. It is required to tune a piano at least twice per year. Otherwise soon you might have to pay an extra amount of money for tuning the piano or tuning related expenses.
Then do proper inquiry about who performed maintenance for the piano. Because the person who did it if he is not qualified enough then be sure he made several errors which are going to be harmful to your piano.
It may cause internal damage as well. Find out that who used to play the piano. Serious pianists are more inclined to keep their instruments in top shape.
On the other hand, those who are not serious about music and do not enjoy playing music, don’t take care of their musical instruments much. They just keep it and use it as furniture.
Again you should find out how much extra stress the piano has endured and whether any dangerous was ever taken during a move like leg removal.
Keep an eye out of tight corners and small staircases leading to a piano room. If possible then must do query about how many previous owners it had and how they cared for it. The longer its history, the longer you are going to be affected by it. Watch out for signs of damage.
Specially if you are buying a piano from Craigslist, you should be aware of certain things. I found an useful video on YouTube. Look at the common things to avoid before buying a piano that requires major work.
Next, hire a qualified technician to know the condition of the piano and what work and expense will be involved. In piano, the soundboard is equally important as pin block.
If soundboard has any crack, then it will be harmful to you. Look at the overall color of the piano. If that sounds good that means it is protected from sunlight, child, pet or other harmful things. You can get an idea by checking out this video.
But if it is discolored or yellowish, then don’t buy it. It will be great loss for you. Because it means that the previous owner didn’t take proper care of the piano.
To wrap it up, i will always recommend you to buy a new piano. But if you are on a serious low budget and made up your mind to buy an used one, check the used piano as much as you can. Also, don't forget to bring a friend with you to have some different opinions.