Many prospective students' parents ask us for information on what kind of instruments to buy and where to buy or rent them. Listed below is each instrument, where to buy or rent them and how much the approximate cost would be. This is by no means a complete list - rather it is a guideline for what to expect when you go to purchase them to take the guesswork out of your decision. If you need additional help after reading this, please feel free to call or email us and we'll be happy to assist you.
If you don't have a piano at home you don't need to run out and buy one once you start lessons. A simple, full size keyboard can be purchased fairly cheaply and is a great substitute for a piano when practicing at home. If you do want to purchase a piano keep the following in mind:
- Pianos need to be tuned by a professional tuner at least once a year, but ideally every 6 months. Tunings usually run anywhere from $80-100
- When moving a piano you will need to hire a professional moving company to get it to your house. The cost for this is generally between $100-150
- Older pianos contain many moving parts and like older cars, need maintainance or else they start to break down. When buying a used piano, try to stay away from instruments that are more than 30 years old unless they have been maintained extremely well.
- When buying a used piano make sure you have it checked out thoroughly by a piano technician to make sure it is in good condition and will not need any major repairs down the road. Pianos can be EXTREMELY expensive to fix if something goes wrong so you want to make sure you're getting an instrument that's in good shape right from the start.
- There are several different types of pianos:
- Spinet Pianos are the smallest type and are good if you don't have much space in your house, but they also are quietest.
- Console Upright Pianos are bigger than Spinets, but are still relatively small and can fit in the corner of a decent sized room.
- Studio Upright Pianos are mostly seen in music schools and are very durable and loud.