Buy a Piano

Allegrezza Piano Company can assist you in finding the perfect piano for you.  John and Sandra have many years of experience in helping our clients find just what they are looking for.  We offer many name brand pianos.  New piano lines that we carry are Kawai, Kohler & Campbell, Samick, PianoDisc.  We also keep a large stock of used pianos from Steinway, Boston, Yamaha, Baldwin, Kimball, and others.  We have many different styles to choose from such as spinet, console, upright, verticals, & grand pianos.  We also are the authorized dealer for PianoDisc pianos which is a player piano system that can be attached to the piano for automation...a really cool feature to behold!
We have a huge selection of good quality used pianos to choose from.  Why pay full retail on a new piano when you can own a name-brand, excellent quality used piano and save yourself a fortune.  Just think of the piano lessons that you can take with the thousands of dollars you will save!  Come see our large selection of quality, brand name used pianos. You will also get the best warranty available anywhere in the country.  We sell, install, and ship player systems by PianoDisc for Grand pianos all ofer the USA. You will also receive the best service before and after the sale.  We are one of the few dealers around who will allow you full trade in value for any piano that you have previously purchased from us, allowing you to trade up to a nicer piano or just something different.  We offer free local delivery, free bench, one free in-home tuning, warranty on all parts and labor.

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Buying a New Piano
Buying a new piano can be an overwhelming experience. With so many brands, styles and features, where do you start? Well, at the beginning:INITIAL CONSIDERATIONS
In general, it's a good idea to buy a piano of slightly higher quality than you think you deserve, and then grow into it. If there are several pianists in the family, aim your purchase toward the most advanced. A higher quality piano is an excellent investment, and will hold its value well. So, if piano lessons don't work out in the family, at least you can re-sell it at a price fairly close to what you paid for it.
- Upright pianos need about a 5 feet wide x 5 feet deep area (including space for the pianist and bench)
- Grand pianos need a space about 5 to 7 feet wide. The length required will range from
4 1/2 to 9 1/2 feet, depending on the model, plus another 2 feet for the pianist and bench.

Make sure the piano can be placed away from sources of heat and cold like radiators, heating vents, air conditioners, direct sunlight and fireplaces.
Buy the tallest upright or the longest grand that you can afford. The longer the strings and the bigger the soundboard, the better the tone.

Space, money and proficiency will be the deciding factors here. Grand pianos are generally superior instruments to uprights. The action of a grand piano allows for faster repetition of notes, and for better, more subtle control of expression and tone than upright pianos. The exception to this rule is the "Baby grand". Any grand piano under 5 feet long should be avoided as a serious instrument. A full sized upright will sound better, at a cheaper cost.
Today's piano market is flooded with thousands of pianos coming from countries like the U.S., Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, China and Russia. With so many models and price points offering different features for different segments of the public, it is impossible to generalize the quality of one brand over another. An excellent wealth of information can be found in Larry Fine's The Piano Book(see below). Links to the major manufacturers can be found by . As always, before you purchase, have the piano inspected by a piano technician, who can give you inside information on the make and model you are considering.
Although it is important for you to be happy with a beautiful-looking instrument, don't let it be the deciding factor in purchasing a fine quality musical instrument. Let the quality of construction, the tone and the feel of the keyboard be the final judge.Take Your Time
Plan to spend plenty of time browsing on several trips, and promise yourself you won't make a decision before you see as many pianos as possible. Visit as many reputable piano retailers as are available to you. Play as many pianos as possible, from the best to the worst, just to get an idea of the differences in touch and tone. You can learn a lot about what you like by playing pianos that either you can't afford, or that are too poor in quality for you.Narrow Your Choice and Negotiate a Price
After you have narrowed your choice down to about 2 or 3 pianos whose tone, touch and appearance appeal to you, negotiate a price with the salesperson. Every piano should come with a bench and at least one free tuning. You can usually knock 10 to 20 percent off the price tag if you are willing to walk away and think about it, or go to another dealer.Make sure the warranty is for both parts and labor.  Ask if the warranty can be transferred to a different owner if you decide to sell the piano. This could increase its resale value. Take a copy of the warranty home and note what servicing is required by you in order to comply with the terms. Mail in your warranty registration card.

Have the Piano Inspected By a Technician:

It is well worth the money to have the piano inspected by a certified piano technician. Your technician can do the final check of details that you are unaware of, such as the tightness of tuning pins, action regulation, cabinetry defects and other items that you can request the dealer to tweak before you have the instrument delivered to you.

Buying a Used Piano

If there is only one piece of advice we can give you, it is this: Have a technician inspect a used piano before you decide to purchase it!!
You wouldn't buy a used car without having a mechanic look under the hood, would you?

Pianos age the way houses or people do. When they are 80, 90 or 100 years old they always need a great deal of work, the cost of which will exceed the price of many new or newer entry level pianos: if a piano is going to be enjoyed inexpensively, then a newer instrument is a better candidate.

Most people buying old pianos focus primarily on the sound, forgetting all about the complex mechanical system controlled by the eighty-eight keys. This mechanism wears out and replacement components are expensive. The older the piano, the more probable it is that the machine is very worn, resulting in "touch" that is noisy and very inconsistent.

Any piano buying decision is a blend of three components: a good long-term musical instrument, a piece of furniture you like or can accept, and an amount of money you are comfortable with spending. You may give up some of one component to get more of another, but remember a piano is something you must live with for a long time; it is important to be comfortable with it musically, financially, and cosmetically.

Most people pay too much for old pianos; the as-is value of old pianos is actually quite low. Unfortunately however, a naive buyer may see new pianos for $4,000 and think an old piano for $800 is a bargain. In reality they will probably pay $600 too much, particularly if it requires thousands of dollars worth of work.

Do not think that pianos age like violins and guitars. Unlike violins and guitars, the strings in a piano create literally tons of stress which takes its toll on soundboards, bridges, and pin-blocks, aging a piano far more quickly than other strung instruments. Moreover, there is nothing between your fingers and the strings of a violin or guitar, but when you play a piano, you express yourself through a very complicated machine which like any machine wears out as it is used.

Many parents think any old piano will do for their children starting out. If these parents knew as much about pianos as they do bicycles they would realize that their children were about to go on a bike with flat tires, a bent frame, and twisted wheels.

If you find an older piano, which is in fact in good condition for its age, bear in mind that even if you have been very lucky and found an instrument in excellent condition, it would cost at least $400-$700 to put it in a similar condition to one you'll find at a reputable dealer or a piano technician's collection. Unfortunately most older pianos require far more expensive repair.

If a piano passes a common sense test - i.e: the price is right and it does not seem to have been abused - then you might leave a deposit subject to approval by a technician.

Many advertisements in the paper which appear to be private people selling pianos are really dealers, and they are usually selling dubious pianos with inadequate work performed. Remember they've already deceived you once with a misleading ad. Some ads are from technicians who independently rebuild or refurbish pianos at their own private workshop. Since they don't have the pressures of operating costs and overhead like a retail store does, their prices can be very competitive compared to dealers. The amount of actual "rebuilding" and replacement with new parts, however, can vary considerably from one technician to another, or one piano to another. Once again, if you like the piano's look, sound and feel, bring a technician to inspect its structural and mechanical condition before you decide to buy it.

If you fall in love with the cabinet charm and craftsmanship of an older piano, then it is something like falling in love with a beautiful turn-of-the-century home. The cost of restoration is certainly worthwhile, but it will make the home (piano) far more expensive then most new or newer homes (pianos). It is true that many old pianos were wonderfully made, and happily their technology has not evolved in a hundred years, so components are still readily available, and in the hands of a rebuilder an old piano can be made new again.  This excerpt provided by: Robert Lowrey's Piano Experts.