Grand Pianos vs Upright Pianos
Grand pianos tend to be more expensive than upright pianos. If you are considering buying a grand piano, take into consideration whether or not you want to invest a large amount of money for a high quality instrument.
Upright pianos are less expensive, but also somewhat lesser quality than grand pianos. It is better to buy a good quality upright piano than buying a cheap grand piano that is not in good condition.
Grand pianos have longer strings, which give the player a better key feel and keys that are more sensitive to the amount of pressure used by a piano player. This gives grand pianos a superior sound quality as far as dynamics are concerned.
Upright pianos have shorter strings, which limits sensitivity to the pianist’s dynamic range. An upright piano emits sound from the back end, which is usually placed against a wall. An upright piano may have lesser sound quality than a grand piano.
Grand pianos are much bigger than upright pianos and require a large area of space in your home. Since the positioning of the grand piano is more flexible, a large grand piano may still comfortable fit in a smaller room.
Upright pianos are very space efficient. Usually they are placed right up against a wall, so you must make sure you have set aside wall space for your upright piano.
Since grand pianos are larger, they will require more money to move. Upright pianos are smaller and cheaper to move. If your dealership includes the cost of moving in the price or offers a free move with a purchase, the size of the piano may be irrelevant.
Upright vs. Baby Grand
If you’re not able to afford a large, quality grand piano, you may be tempted to buy a baby grand piano. It is often recommended you choose a quality upright piano over a baby grand. Upright pianos typically have a better sound quality than baby grand pianos.
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.
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.
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.
Acoustic Pianos vs Digital Pianos
One advantage of digital pianos is that they are very affordable. In addition to a lower purchase price, digital pianos do not require any maintenance costs (tuning, voicing, acoustic repair, etc.)
If you are still at a beginner level, it may be a wise decision to start out with an inexpensive digital piano or keyboard. However, if your budget allows, invest in an acoustic piano. It will help build your experience playing on an actual piano with dynamic contrast and pedals.
Higher end digital pianos have features that allow you to mimic the sound and key feel of an acoustic piano. Digital pianos can also include pedals that mimic those of an acoustic piano.