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Making the decision to buy a new piano can be difficult at the best of times. We want to give you all of the information that you need to make the right decision. Below you will find information to help you decide whether you should buy a restored piano or a new piano.
Should I buy a restored piano?
Typically, a reputably named restored piano will have a superior tone compared to most modern pianos (click here to found out why.) Good name brand pianos are: Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Knabe, Chickering, Baldwin, Sohmer and a few select others
Restored pianos have more elegant cabinets, and beautiful veneers, often times with intricate engraving. These pianos hold their value better and are not made with chipboard, nor do they have plastic components.
Many of these older makes have real ivory-covered keyboards, and were built by craftsmen who knew the importance of good, solid wood. Because of their high standards of craftsmanship, these pianos have a life-expectancy of 80-100 years before needing restoration.
Be forewarned that not all traditional pianos meet these high standards. Many lesser-known makes and models are not sturdy, or lack the musical craftsmanship necessary to give them a good sound. Selection of the proper piano is of the utmost importance.
Should I buy a new piano?
Sadly, many of today's piano manufacturers do not have the dedication that made their ancestors' pianos such beautiful and durable instruments. Many of today's pianos are mass-produced in the Far East, or sometimes in China, USA, or Russia. There are, however, a number of smaller manufacturers in Western Europe still build pianos.
Mass-production of pianos often takes place on an assembly-line, and parts of lesser quality are sometimes used to keep manufacturing costs down. Kilns can be used to arficially "season" wood, and multi-laminated wood has been used for soundboards, which dulls the quality of sound.
Additionally, new pianos lose their value more quickly. They tend to
lack much of the character of their older counterparts. The cabinets are
often less intricate, and there is a certain aesthetic that is lacking
from a mass-produced piano.
I am ready to purchase my piano
At Westend Piano, we offer our customers the option of making a payment via
the internet, through our website, using the safer way to pay and get paid online : PayPal.
After you've agreed and confirmed the terms of buying a piano with the owner Mr. Doug Yeats, you can use this pay now button, and just follow the instructions to complete your payment.
Please enter the make, the model and the serial number of your piano in the description area otherwise the transaction will be rejected.