Guide to Buying a Piano in NYC
When your child begins taking piano lessons, if you don’t have a keyboard or piano, you’ll probably look into buying one. While we don’t endorse any particular seller, we’d like to share a few ideas on where to buy your piano! Of course, if you’d like to learn more about our piano lessons in NYC, please get in touch at your earliest convenience.
Should You Buy a Piano Online?
We do not recommend buying an acoustic piano online, unless you have the opportunity to go in person to try out the instrument. A used piano should be thoroughly inspected prior to purchase, and a new piano should be played prior to purchase.
When it comes to acoustic pianos, each one sounds and feels different! If possible, ask if your piano teacher would be willing to accompany you to look at pianos!
Digital pianos on the other hand, should be uniform in sound and feel within a given model. So, if you tried out a digital piano at a friend’s house, and you like how it sounds and feels, feel free to order it online.
Should You Buy a Piano From Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist?
If you’re interested in buying a used instrument, there is no reason not to have a look at Craigslist or Facebook. Just make sure that you try out any piano you consider buying, do some research to make sure you’re getting a fair price, and have the piano inspected prior to making a purchase!
It’s not a problem if the piano is out of tune – that can be easily remedied. But make sure you check the soundboard, the state of the pedals, the action of the keys, and other technical elements of the instrument. It would not be hard to purchase a piano that costs more to fix than the instrument is worth.
Some Piano Stores in NYC to Visit
When buying a piano in NYC, it’s a good idea to visit a dealer. You can learn about the different types of piano available, differences between grand pianos and uprights, and different size options. Perhaps most importantly, buying a piano from a dealer ensures that you are able to try out the piano you are considering purchasing! That cannot be emphasized enough!
Additionally, piano dealers will probably have financing options that might make it easier for you to purchase a piano. Music schools often enjoy discounts from authorized piano dealers as well.
1133 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036
This iconic destination for piano buying is always worth a visit, even if you can’t necessarily afford a brand new Steinway piano. However, keep in mind that Steinways will hold their value (and often increase in value).
Faust Harrison Pianos
207 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019
This highly esteemed Manhattan destination for pianos will give you the opportunity to play on a variety of pianos, including new and used Yamahas. You can even take a digital hybrid for a spin if you’d like something more contemporary.
790 11th Ave, New York, NY 10019
If you are a performing artist or someone interested in customization (or a high budget), set up and appointment at Klavierhaus near Central Park. They specialize in refurbishing pianos, and they will help you find the perfect instrument for your tastes, voice the instrument, and make sure you have a priceless, generational instrument.
Additionally, if you’re looking for a grand piano and you are concerned about whether or not the instrument fits in your home, sometimes dealers offer a paper with outlines of various sizes of piano. You can place this paper on the floor in your home or office, and see whether or not an instrument of a particular size fits in your desired space.