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Buy used pianos, but not new pianos

Many parents with children learning to play the instrument will opt to purchase a used piano first, and because a quality piano is an expensive purchase, many other folks opt for a used piano as well.


As with buying anything pre-owned, there are lots of things to look for when purchasing a used piano. What might sound look a good deal could turn out to cost thousands of dollars later. Whether you plan to keep the piano for many years or are looking for a starter instrument, don't buy a used piano without these suggestions.


Checking out the case and inner workings of a used piano

Begin inspection of a used piano by checking the condition of the finish of the piano case. If the finish is faded or oddly worn, the piano might have been placed near a window, which could cause problems with internal parts of the piano.


Open the lid of the piano and examine the hammers. Some wear is expected, but if the felt is exceptionally worn, repair might be extremely costly. Pay special attention to the hammers on the upper end of the piano. The higher the note, the less felt on the hammer, and sometimes felt can be worn all the way down, meaning the wood molding itself is striking the string.


Open the bottom board portion of the piano, which is usually held in place by one or two metal clips. Look for mouse droppings, insects or other signs of damage.


Consider the sound of the used piano

Play each note on the keyboard, listening carefully. Many pianos simply need a good tuning, but pay attention to notes that sound especially out of tune. If striking one key produces a sound as if two distinct notes are being played, that could indicate a bad pinblock. A bad pinblock can't hold tuning pins as tightly as necessarily, meaning one of the strings could slip and produce a two-toned sound.


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Pay attention to how it feels

When playing individual keys, do they have a fairly elastic response? If keys don't respond correctly to a quick touch, it could mean the piano is very worn and could require rebushing, a costly procedure.


Check keys for looseness. A solid keyboard should not have keys that move side to side. Put a finger on the front of each key, especially those in the middle of the piano that are played most often, and move it left and right to determine if they're loose.


Give it one more look

Examine the entire piano for rust or mold. Most other problems with a used piano can be repaired, but rust and mold cannot be fixed.

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