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5 Quick Tips For Buying & Owning a Piano

pianoMiss Trinity finally begun to play songs on the piano that I can recognize. She still needs the music sheets to play songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Love Somebody, Westminster Chimes, and my favorite: Sing Tu. I didn't realize what an enormous gift it is for all of us when we decided to sign-up Trinity for piano lessons. Since then we have also started learning along with Trinity for fun. As she learns, she teaches us, so SO and I take turns to practice too.
There is no measure to how much this music experience has touched our lives, and more so mine. The sweet moments that has melted my heart and made me proud of her are times when she surprised me by playing and singing on her own. She counts the music notes the way her teacher does and it is a real kick to hear her little voice so firm. She cares that she gets the stars- that means he passed, and gets to play on her teacher's Hollywood Piano every weekend.


 5 Quick Tips For Buying & Owning a Piano
1) Every Key Works. Make sure every key on the piano works by taking time to test out every single piano key. All the keys are important at some point, so if you don't know, have someone that do know come a long with you on this purchase. Also make sure you test the foot pedals on different octaves.
2) Age Doesn't Matter. Pianos have an average life span of 30 – 60 years, so don’t be intimidated by a piano’s age. Our church has a piano that has been around for 30 years and still works beautifully. Just because the piano is 30 years old, it doesn't mean it can't be tuned and play as well.
3) Don’t Be Fool By the Exterior. Sometimes the seller tries to diverse your focus on recent upgrades to the piano exterior. Dressing up a low-quality piano with a shiny finish is just one of the sneaky sales tactics of the piano trade used by pros and private sellers alike. Just make sure you did some research on the model and brand before you go for the key test.
4) Moving the Piano. Moving and tuning the piano can cost at least $100, depending on who you ask and where you live, the cost could vary significantly. You might want to get a quote on the exact pricing based on location, distances traveled, and the piano style and health.
 5) Insurance. It might be a good idea to purchase insurance for the piano. There is no telling what could happen. It is a wise idea to protect big investments like a piano and, or an asset that might cost a lot of money to repair.
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  1. I've always wanted to play the piano, I always think a piano in the home is such a lovely item. Thanks for the tips.

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    1. The piano is a nice addition during the holidays and family gatherings. I also like the look of a piano in the formal living room.

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  2. We have a piano in our family room that no one uses until my son comes home from college.

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    1. Isn't it great to have music in the house all the time?

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  3. I have taught piano for over 20 years. I love your first tips - make sure the keys work! I have seen amazingly talented students who are forced to practice on a piano that doesn't work. Love hearing young students who learn to make beautiful music!

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    1. I too love hearing children learn. It is amazing that they soak up so fast and so well.

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  4. Great tips. We bought a used piano for just a couple hundred dollars to get the kids started with. If they stick with it, we will buy a better one. And definitely get insurance for it!

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    1. Thanks for the tips. I think insurance is a wonderful idea.

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  5. Thanks for the good advice about piano-buying! I'd like to get back to playing it again soon.

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    1. I didn't know you play the piano. How wonderful is that?

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  6. I used to play the piano when I was younger. Recently a friend bought a new piano and graciously donated her old one to us. We had to put it in the "basement" due to space issues and I rarely get to use it there, but am thankful to have it, and need to practice!

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    1. It looks like you will have to find a plug down in the basement so you can blog and play the piano. Smiles.

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  7. This is very good information.
    I don't think I'll have the money to purchase one, but if I find a deal, I'd like to know these things.
    Thank you.

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    1. Sometimes you can get one very cheap if you have the patient to shop and wait.

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  8. I bought a baby grand back in the 90's and I performed these checks before I bought it. I still use it to this day. Great tips, I think that this will help out anyone considering buying a piano.

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  9. I bought a baby grand back in the 90's and I followed most of the steps in this guide. She's still working fine today! I'd recommend any person considering a piano to read this!

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