Both instrument and furniture: a guide to buying new and used pianos

Perhaps more than any other instrument, an acoustic piano is also a fine piece of furniture that can dominate a room.

To this end, buying a piano is not purely about the quality of the sound and mechanics, but also of its aesthetics.

Stacy Downs at has written a useful article giving advice on purchasing a new or used piano.

Important factors are:

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  • Budget
  • Musical quality
  • Source (private / dealer)
  • Appearance
  • Entertainment additions (not for the purist!)

It also gives advice on hiring a piano.

The article then gives maintenance tips once you have your new piano, including.

  • Ideal placement
  • Acoustics
  • Climate
  • Tuning

Read the full article: Both instrument and furniture, a piano can add beauty to a home