What’s the big deal about choosing just the right piano? As long as there are no broken parts and it looks OK, you’re set, right?
You could look at it that way, but really, even if you score a great deal on a piano for $200, that’s a $200 investment. Wouldn’t you like a fantastic return for your money, whether it’s in the form of success in piano lessons, or great resale value?
What is the best piano for your investment, then? “Every student must have a Yamaha studio upright, model 12579M, sold at D’s Music Store for $4,500.”
Ridiculous. Not in my book.
Instead, look for the best-quality piano you can afford! If that’s a $20,000, 6-foot grand piano – great! If it’s a $200 upright piano – great! As long as you buy the best your budget will allow, you’re on the right course.
I always tell my students to keep saving a little bit on the side, too. In a few years, sell your current piano and buy a better one. Why? Because in some ways, you’re only as good as your instrument. If you can only practice on a piano with lackluster tone and key action, you won’t be ready to make full use of those qualities when they’re available to you in a better instrument. (More on this later!)
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