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How Much Money Should You Spend On A Piano?

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Are you thinking about purchasing a new piano?

If you are, you have great taste in musical instruments! Being able to play the piano is a skill that can bring much joy, inspiration, and relaxation for a whole lifetime.

That being said, deciding how much money you should spend on a piano can feel anything but relaxing! How can you make a good choice?

First Off: How Long Have You Been Playing?

This factor will determine, to a large extent how much you should spend.

If you are just about to embark on your piano playing musical journey or have only been playing for a very short period of time, you may not want to invest in an expensive piano. Why do we say so?

Even though you may have all the best intentions in the world of the piano becoming your ‘new best friend’ you really won’t know how the relationship is going to go until it gets well underway.

So if you are in the beginner category you should be looking at pianos towards the lower end of the price spectrum. In fact, you should be able to find a great beginner for well under the $1,000 mark.

On the other hand, if you are already reaching an advanced level in your piano playing, you may wish to save a little more and invest in a more refined instrument. At this point, you will already know what makes a great piano and what you like as an individual in your instrument.

If you feel unsure, it’s a good idea to visit a few great musical instrument stores and play on their pianos to your heart’s content. Take note of brands and model which you particularly enjoy playing. Since you may now be thinking about buying your ‘forever’ piano, you may need to stretch up to several thousand dollars.

Remember, many musical instrument stores know that purchasing a good instrument is a significant investment and often they have a finance plan which will allow you to pay for your piano over a period of time. This may make a better instrument a more realistic option for you.

man playing a digital pianoThink About The Piano Use

Where will you be learning?

If you plan to learn piano online, then consider a digital piano you can hook up to your computer. This way you can use some piano learning software and track your progress online.

Of course, until this point, we have presumed that your potential piano purchase is for your use. However, you may be thinking about buying a piano for a restaurant or hotel lobby or to act more as a piece of furniture in your home as opposed to an instrument to be played on a regular basis. In this case you may want to choose something which is more aesthetically pleasing, even if the actual quality is nothing to write home about.

Indeed, purchasing a piano is a big step in life. If you want to buy a piano which is in the right price bracket for you, you should consider the use of the piano and the level of playing that the piano will be used for. In that way, you will be in a much better position to decide whether a $500 piano, a $5,000 piano, or something in between, is the right choice for you.