Piano (the short for the Italian word „pianoforte”) is a widespread musical instrument, where the sound is produced by metal strings attached to a wooden soundboard, hit by little hammers covered with felt, through ivories. Modern pianos have the strings fitted in a metal frame, usually molten from casting and polished with varnish and bronze powder (which is why it is also called, improperly, ” bronze plate”). It is designed to withstand the high pressure exerted by the strings, which could, otherwise, distort the piano’s wooden structure.
Low cost – for a half-size electronic keyboard you will pay an average of $200 – $250 and for a full-size electronic keyboard, you will pay around $550 – $2,000.
Medium cost – upright pianos cost from $900 to $1800 while console models cost from $2,000 up to $8,000.
High cost- the price for grand pianos starts from $4,000 up to $24,000 and much more.
The piano must stay in optimal conditions, at a constant temperature and humidity, so you should know how to take care of such an instrument, before buying it. Pianos react. The period from November to April is the most sensitive for them. Strings dilatation can happen, depending on the temperature. You must protect them: put them in an area where cold and heat come in the same way. If you place it near a heater, you risk having surprises. You also have to check the humidity of the room where you plan to place your piano. It’s very important to take care of it, especially in winter, if you have underfloor heating.
A half-size electronic keyboard costs around $200-$250. If you want a full digital piano keyboard (88 keys) with a damper pedal and touch-sensitive keys you will pay from $550 to $2000, or more. The digital piano’s features are: it doesn’t need tuning, can be played silently, is easy to move and can make non-piano sounds.
It is very common to find old traditional pianos for $250-$500, but be aware that they may have a lot of problems like cracked pin blocks or rusty strings. You can also use it as a „starter” instrument if it is in reasonable playing shape.
The upright pianos, at about, 36 inches tall cost from $900 up to $1,800 or more. The console and studio models are taller, at about 40-60 inches, and cost from $2,000 to $8,000 or more.
Grand pianos have a horizontal sounding board and you can distinguish them by their size: • A baby grand is less than 6 feet long and you can buy them from a not so known manufacturer for about $4,000 – $8,000. If you want to buy a high-end brand, like Steinway, you will have to pay around $10,000 – $24,000 or more. • A grand piano at about 6-9 feet costs $10,000 – $40,000 or more. • A concert grand piano at about 9 feet or longer starts at $30,000 and can go up to $80,000 and much more.
Either rebuilt or restored, the age of a used instrument is very important, so find the manufacturer’s name and the piano’s serial number inside the piano before you buy, to make sure you get a quality instrument.
Should the average working Joe get a piano?
It’s always a nice hobby to learn to play the piano and it’s a great activity for kids also, especially if they’re inclined to music and singing. But before you spend $80,000 on an instrument that will just gather dust, be sure that you want to play it at a professional level. If you just want to have fun or learn a new skill, get a cheaper piano, one that won’t hit your budget too much.