Did you know that the internet is a graveyard for pianos that have lost their warm welcome to many homes? If you've got the space, a little time to investigate and a sincere love for a gorgeous instrument that may need a little TLC, then you may just be in the market for an incredibly reasonably priced piece of sonic art. Let's explore second hand pianos.
Before we all get too excited, you must first be honest with yourself about the most crucial element in bringing an acoustic piano into your home. This element is the one that most of us struggle with, especially if you’re living in an incredibly expensive city. With those pricey rents, often comes the opposite that you would expect - a square footage that leaves much to be desired. This is the first and often largest obstacle in deciding whether or not it is possible to scour the scene for a piano.
Now, on the flipside, one may not realize that a special surprise in searching for a second hand piano is pricing. You may assume that this will drain your bank account but a pleasant surprise is that it may be just the opposite. If you do your research, oftentimes the most expensive piece in taking this project on is the cost of tuning and moving the piano. There are many companies and independent individuals who are willing to arrange or complete both tasks at a very reasonable rate, often below the price of $400. What is $400 when you now can sharpen your Beethoven chops at any hour of the day?
Why are second hand pianos so cheap anyway? Nevermind just being low cost, some may even be completely free. In the past, it was very common to have a household piano in the living and entertaining rooms.
So, if you’ve got the space, now you need to decide if the temperature and lighting is within proper condition for your new piano. “Ideally, your acoustic piano should be kept in an environment of relative humidity ranging between 45% and 70% and a constant temperature of approximately 20˚C or room temperature” Says Liberty Park Music. We must take this into account, yet also realize that this is not a deal breaker. Too much sun can be handled with proper curtains and even humidity can be altered with a humidifier or dehumidifier. If you plan to maintain and house your piano for decades to come, the assessment of its conditions are crucial.
Once you’ve got all of this covered, now is the fun part. You can be choosy if you’re willing to spend a little extra time and effort. Don’t forget that you can look in neighboring cities and towns and find exactly what you’re looking for. Be honest with yourself about the style and tone that you’re really going to be inspired by. Don’t rush and just decide on the first one you see. You may be surprised that there are a lot of options out there, but where does one even begin? You will be able to find a plethora of options on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. The pricing will typically be quite low, if not completely free. An additional wonderful option is exploring schools that are upgrading their instruments and looking to get rid of an aging piano that needs a bit of love!
Once you’re able to investigate and test out a few different pianos, you’ll have a better idea of what is out there in your proximity. Be sure to let the seller know that you’ll need some time to play the piano before deciding. Be on the lookout for damaged keys with varying degrees of dynamics. If you have the means to invest in fixing the piano, be sure to get a good opinion as to whether or not it is even fixable.
All pianos are their own individual creative spirits and you should take your time in choosing, as this isn’t the easy task to handle. Whatever you decide on, if you choose to go for it, you’ll be so incredibly inspired and thankful that this, albeit massive, instrument has now claimed its space in your home. This collection of keys will surely bring life for decades to come to your songwriting, your piano chops and the wonderful air of inspiration that will now fill your home and your loved one’s little lives.