FAQs about Buying Used Piano
Recently I just buy a used piano in Malaysia to my apartment. Well, it wasn’t easy to make a decision as getting a piano can be really expensive. However, I think it is worth it as I get the chance to play my piano in my apartment whenever I am bored.
Ever since, I am getting questions from my friends and family, what they need to know before buying a piano. So I decide to share it here in this blog.
First of all, a piano is not so cheap to own. Most beginners and intermediate learners tend to buy a used piano because of its cheaper price than buying a new one. Even though most of the used pianos were sold at a really cheap price, their cost of maintenance will be quite high if the previous owners skipped from taking care of their piano. Hence, in order to prevent you from spending a lot after buying a used piano, here are 5 frequently asked questions often asked by buyers when buying a used piano.
What is the seller’s reason for them to sell their piano?
This might seem to be a basic question that even though not always, but sometimes lead to a common answer by almost every seller that “they are in need of cash”. Sometimes they are true and other times, it’s just a scam. Acquiring the reason why they are selling their piano is crucial in determining the condition of their piano on sale, the piano’s health and other related things about the piano. The other reason they are selling their piano is that they had to maintain their piano for a long time. Having a piano means that you have to have the effort on keeping the piano in tune and pay for maintenance at least once a month. A piano that has not been maintained for a long period of time means that you have to spend a great deal of money for the skipped maintenance by the previous seller. Therefore, be sure to ask and inquire about their reason for selling their clavier.
Where did they put the piano?
The piano’s placement plays the main role in keeping the piano’s health to an optimum condition. If the piano was kept in the basement which prone to flood and other nasty climate changes that might affect the piano, then be sure to move on and survey for another piano. You can cross your fingers and hope that they have properly placed their piano in its rightful place before jumping in to buy their piano. If they have properly managed their piano including its placement, then you can ask further to continue with your investigation.
Who was responsible for the piano’s maintenance?
A well-maintained piano is often considered as a treasure because it will definitely be in a good condition if it was serviced by a skilled, certifiable and qualified piano technician. However, it can also go sideways if it turns out that their neighbour or a friend of them, who is not qualified nor certified, is responsible for the maintenance of their piano. Buying a piano is costly and what more when to have it maintained. That’s why sometimes piano owners just decided to leave their piano unattended and not serviced like what they should have. Be sure to investigate who had performed the piano’s maintenance before proceeding to buy that piano.
Who played their piano?
This might be a strange and an unusual question for most but it’s really important to know who had been playing the piano. The reason is that most professional pianists often keep their piano in shape by maintaining and taking care of their piano’s health at an optimum condition. However, there are some people who not only neglect from maintaining their piano but also plays in a violent pressing of the piano’s keys just to test the sound without considering the change of sound the piano might make after ambushing the keyboard. That’s why you should always consider asking who had actually played on the piano in determining its current health.
Has the piano been moved frequently?
A piano is a big yet delicate instrument that requires the total care from its owners. If it was frequently moved around the house, chances are the piano would be damaged internally due to its non-durable structure. It’s not weird since the piano itself is made up of small components and if some of them were found to be damaged, it would cost a lot more to repair it than buying a new one. Hence, this question should be kept in mind before you decide on buying the piano.
To conclude, you should always remember to ask the previous owners and sellers these questions before buying the piano. It will greatly save you from a lot of hassle and money in servicing an ill-maintained, if not broken piano that makes buying a new one a better choice than buying a used piano.