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Purchasing Your Own Piano

Are you interested in piano lessons but not sure where to start because you don’t own a piano yet and are wondering how worthwhile it is to purchase one?


If so, we completely understand.  It can be difficult to know how to choose a quality instrument that fits your space, practice needs, and budget.  If you’re considering buying an instrument and would like some help, read on to check out the guidance here and feel free to contact us if you have any further questions!


Why Do I Need My Own Piano?


If you are considering signing up for piano lessons, you will need to practice during the time between lessons in order to make progress, so having your own piano is essential.  If you have your own piano and are practicing on your instrument regularly at home, you will benefit far more from lessons and enjoy learning much more as well.  Having your own piano enables you to see the results of your hard work.


What Types of Pianos Are There?


Pianos can be either acoustic or digital.  Broadly speaking, acoustic pianos are the ideal choice, as they sound and feel most authentic.  Acoustic pianos can be uprights or grands, and either design can be found in a variety of sizes depending on the manufacturer.  Our two preferred acoustic piano manufacturers are:



There are also many excellent digital options available that closely replicate an acoustic piano’s sound and touch.  Digital pianos can be used with headphones, so you can practice at any time without disrupting others.  Our two favorite manufacturers of digital pianos are:



What Should I Consider When Buying a Piano?


  • Size and Touch: Any piano you purchase should have 88 weighted keys, as that is the standard length of the keyboard, and the keys should not feel too light when depressed.


  • New or Used: Buying an instrument new from a reputable dealer is often your safest bet, as you can be sure the piano is in its best condition. However, it is absolutely possible to find used instruments in good condition as well.  Many dealers carry used instruments that they have inspected and restored.  If you are considering purchasing a used instrument from a private seller, exercise caution when making your decision, as you want to be sure you understand the instrument’s history.


  • Budget: There are suitable instruments available at many different price points. If you’re looking to keep the cost of your piano as affordable as possible, it would most likely be best to consider digital options, as quality acoustic pianos generally start at a higher price range.


  • Space and Noise: If you have room in your home for an acoustic piano, it would certainly be worth considering one.  However, for smaller spaces or environments where noise is a concern, it may be better to look into digital models.


  • Practice and Longevity: You want to be sure that the first instrument you purchase will serve you well for a substantial length of time as you make progress by practicing and taking lessons. If an instrument will end up not being suitable for regular use within only a few months of purchasing it, then it is not worth buying at all.


If you would like to discuss in more detail with us for advice specific to your situation, we are happy to consult with you.  Feel free to reach out via phone on 07516148393, or email at mfrankpianostudio@gmail.com and we’ll be glad to help get you started with a piano of your own!



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