As your Piano Tuner Wilmington DE, I am frequently asked what a person should know when they purchase a piano. Here are some important pieces of information.
The most important thing you can do when purchasing a piano is to hire a reputable technician to help you. There is wide variation in quality and condition of instruments for the same price range. The reason for that is that only a professional is able to determine the condition of an instrument, so the public can easily be fooled. For example, a person buying on their own will typically choose an instrument that looks good, assuming that anything that is wrong with the instrument can be fixed. While that is true, a worn out instrument can be very expensive to rebuild. For example, instruments that have been stored in garages could most likely need thousands of dollars of work.
Besides condition. the other issue is quality. There are many instruments that look perfect, but have poor quality materials that will quickly wear out. It can often be better to buy a used first-quality instrument, instead of a poor quality new one.
Therefore, the way to start the process is to find a reputable technician and ask them what brands they consider worthwhile to look at. Once you have found an instrument that interests you, it is important to have the technician evaluate it to make sure of its condition. Occasionally, a seller might even change the serial number of a piano to make the instrument seem newer than it is. However, a skilled piano technician will not be fooled by this. Also, a technician can tell how much wear the piano action has and how much more use the instrument will allow before needing any type of major piano work. Additionally, the wooden structural components of a piano can age and crack, which can potentially cost thousands of dollars to fix. Only a professional piano technician knows where to check in order to evaluate if this is a problem.
As your Piano Tuner Wilmington DE, Kenneth Keith Piano Services, we are always happy to help you out with the process of choosing the appropriate piano for your intended use. Please give us a call. Besides piano tuning services in Delaware, we also provide piano services and piano tuning Philadelphia PA, Eastern Shore MD and Southern NJ areas.