New Pianos vs Used Pianos

Like cars, pianos have a used market (with significant price breaks) as well as a new market (includes warranties, deliveries, and tuning).

Take a look at these comparisons to determine if you’re getting the best value for your new or used piano.

  • Price

    • New pianos can be a hefty investment, often ranging anywhere from $3,000 to $100,000. Buying a new piano will give you superior quality in the instrument, but is likely going to be your most expensive option.

    • Used pianos are cheaper. However, you must also factor in the cost of moving, tuning and maintenance for your used piano.Buying a used piano from a private seller can also be risky, as there is no warranty or insurance involved.

  • Maintenance & Warranty

    • New pianos will likely not require any maintenance for several years. If by chance your new piano has any problems, it should be covered by a full manufacturer’s warranty and will be repaired at little or no cost to you. A new piano may also require tuning after it arrives at your home. If you buy from a dealer, they may include tuning with the price of delivery. If not, you may elect to hire a piano tech to tune your piano for you.

    • Used pianos are much more likely to require maintenance. Used pianos are similar in value to used cars. How much maintenance it requires depends upon how well it was treated by its previous owners. Typically a used piano bought from a dealer will be in decent shape aesthetically and covered by a dealer’s warranty. A used piano bought from a private owner may require maintenance on the casework, tuning, and other small repairs.

  • Moving Costs

    • New pianos will have moving costs included in the price or warranty. Dealers will often deliver your new piano for little to no extra charge.

    • Used pianos may require you to hire someone to move your piano if you’re buying from a private seller.. If you’re buying from a dealership, ask if they include free delivery services. It is advisable not to move a piano on your own. Use professional piano moving services if you don’t want to damage your used piano.

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