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Whether or not children have some say in selecting a piano should IMO depend on their age, maturity, and level of skill. If very young or lacking maturity or skill they may choose a particular piano for the wrong reasons. Children who have just begun piano lessons are not generally good judges of tone or touch.

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Children can ‘feel’ like they are involved—- irrespective of whether the parents have already made the decision. In retrospect, I think my parents did it all the time. It just takes a little thought— but huge gain.


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A new piano is not necessarily any better than used. If a piano is well made and kept 20 years is nothing. Some new pianos are really bad...and more expensive. Unfortunately It is very hard to choose a piano as a beginner. All I can say is that I bought a new U1 as a beginner based on recommendations and reputation and it was not a good choice for me. Now I would surely choose a grand, even if a baby grand.

One option is to start with a high quality digital and buy an acoustic after a little bit of experience.

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[quote=outo]A new piano is not necessarily any better than used. If a piano is well made and kept 20 years is nothing.

I have found that most pianos if played at least moderately over 20yrs or more have loose action centers including loose felts on the front and balance rails (not to mention other normal action wear problems). This results in a sloppy action with a lot of wasted motion ie. a restricted range of response. Hammers on pianos that old can sometimes be reshaped and needled to an acceptable level of performance, but it's rare to find one that has. Most pianos that old (unless they are of the performance level few) just aren't worth enough to warrant the cost.

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Originally Posted by Sanfrancisco
[quote=outo]A new piano is not necessarily any better than used. If a piano is well made and kept 20 years is nothing.

I have found that most pianos if played at least moderately over 20yrs or more have loose action centers including loose felts on the front and balance rails (not to mention other normal action wear problems). This results in a sloppy action with a lot of wasted motion ie. a restricted range of response. Hammers on pianos that old can sometimes be reshaped and needled to an acceptable level of performance, but it's rare to find one that has. Most pianos that old (unless they are of the performance level few) just aren't worth enough to warrant the cost.


Not my experience. A new piano may need a lot of work too.

Pianos from schools are a different matter...

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