Used Pianos: Are They Worth It?

by | Feb 15, 2012 | Entertainment And Media

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If you are considering purchasing a piano, you may have wondered if any of the used pianos in Houston are worth the investment, or if you should financially bite the bullet and purchase a new one. As with so many important purchases, the answer to this question depends on many variables.

One of the most important questions to ask is why you are buying the piano. Believe it or not, pianos actually fulfill different purposes for different people. Will this be a child’s practice piano? Do you see the piano primarily as a decorative piece of furniture? Are you a budding concert pianist who practices for several hours a day? The answers to these questions will determine whether you should be looking at new or used pianos.

Many people want a piano to sit in a formal living room or parlor for aesthetic purposes. In such instances, pianos serve the same function as antiques or oriental rugs—an investment for beauty’s sake. If this is the main reason you are looking at pianos, a used piano may be your best bet. Often, older pianos have more detailed woodwork and are great show pieces, even if they do not offer the finest sound available.

At the same time, if your child needs a practice piano, your budget may not allow you to look at new pianos. Even so, you will want a used piano that has been well cared for and is in tune. Sometimes people search want ads or garage sales and find what they think is the deal of a lifetime on a used piano. However, after having the piano repaired or tuned several times, they discover that a new piano would have been less expensive overall. If a used piano proves to be the best choice for you, it is always best to deal with a reputable company that carries used pianos in Houston.

In contrast, if you are an accomplished pianist, you may want to purchase a new piano that will last for many years. However, do not discount used pianos, since you can often find just the sound and feel that you’ve been looking for in a slightly used but well treated instrument. The best course of action is to look at both new and used pianos at a Houston area piano company and choose the one that best meets your needs, wants and budget.

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