Did you know...
- A good piano has an average life-span of 60 years (100 years for the prestigious makes). A cheap piano will be derelict after a few years... and will inevitably need costly repairs. A good-quality instrument may therefore be considered as a sound investment.
- Unlike some other instruments, pianos do not gain in value with age. Value guides are not available, and age alone is not enough to estimate an instrument.
- Repairs will not transform a piano into a new instrument. However, regular maintenance and a stable home environment will help you get the best of your instrument for a long time. A well-kept instrument will also fetch a better price on the second-hand market.
- As usual, buying the cheapest does not mean cutting costs. A high discount will usually mean that you will get poor service or no service at all on an instrument which may not be as new as it looks.
- Fortunately, there are many good makes on the market. Trust an established name, a name that will still be around in a few years' time! This is especially important if you decide to sell the instrument.
- Some dealers will tell you that the piano they are offering has a metal frame. All pianos are built with a metal frame to ensure optimal tuning stability. But this is not a guarantee of quality. Also, the quality of the cabinet's wood has no influence whatsoever on the sound. Only the soundboard wood quality is important.
- Belgian pianos no longer exist. A few dealers assemble parts purchased in Asia and offer a "Made in Belgium" label which should read "Made in Corea".
- On the long term, it is advisable to go for a good piano and avoid the expense of changing instruments on the way.