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#3017498 08/24/20 07:43 PM
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Hi: I'm new here and have enjoyed reading many of the posts. I began piano lessons a a year ago and have been enjoying it so far. I am going to be away from my home during the weekdays for a year. I currently use a digital piano, but am going to purchase an acoustic when I return permanently next year. I'd appreciate some opinions on my renting an acoustic piano for a year vs buying a digital piano to use while I'm away from home. My teacher really wants me to get an acoustic piano as she believes it will help further my skills and I agree. So, I guess my question: Is renting an acoustic piano reasonable vs buying a pricier digital with a decent action? I'm in W Palm Beach, FL.

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Michael 8, I would buy a digital, then you have it and its yours. While pay rent, when you can own your own. In the future you may use it if you go out to play someplace. Once you get back to your permeant place then purchase the acoustic. Look at Sweetwater music store, it has a large inventory and you can find something in your price range. If your traveling I would get a digital with the built in speakers this way you do not need an amp. Just my thoughts, why give you money away, get your own.

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Renting always seems counter productive.


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I rented a Yamaha U! silent piano for a year and was glad I did. I was also glad that I did not buy it, as I decided that I wanted a larger, newer piano. Renting can be a good way of dipping your toe into the water without committing to a piano. I don't see a problem with renting a year when you're in a temporary house. The fact that my new piano was going to show up motivated me to buy a house and not rent a house, lol, because I don't want to move it.

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Michael 8, I would buy a digital, then you have it and its yours. g I would get a digital with the built in speakers this way you do not need an amp. Just my thoughts, why give you money away, get your own.

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Thanks for the feedback, deb. Can you recommend a digital under $1500 USD that has as top priority, a good action? I don't care for s lot of the gadgets many of them have.

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I rented a digital piano (a Roland V-Piano) while living abroad and it was worth the expense. Nothing to transport or move when I moved home, and convenience of practicing when away from my home, where I have my acoustic grand.

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I would consider renting for a short term even if it seems that it may cost you more. The problem is that as a beginner you are not in a position to accurately evaluate what you like or do not like about any given acoustic piano. Renting is a great "try before you buy" approach where you can get familiar with an acoustic and understand it warts and all.

I bought my first acoustic outright a year ago as a beginner upgrading from a digital and while it has turned out okay I am now in a much better position now to understand what to look for if I was buying another one. But for me it is too late - I am stuck with what I've got unless I go to a lot of trouble and expense. Renting would have given me an extra option.


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If you look on Sweetwater there is a Yamaha p 515 for 1499. Like you I just want a piano, do not need all the bells and whistles. It has wood keys and built in speakers. I started with a low end keyboard that was about $600. Then I moved up within 7 months to a Yamaha Clavinova, and then a Yamaha YUS5. I knew after a year I was going to keep up with piano, so I got my lifetime piano. I have been taking lessons for 6 years, July started my 7th year.

After the Clavinova, I bought a new Yamaha u1, I really did not like it, sounded tinny (that's what I call it). This dealer let me trade up within so many months and gave me the full price back as long as the piano was in excellent condition. I traded it in 30 days. I wanted a new piano and knew the YUS 5 I would be happy with. I am an intermediate player. It was expensive for a low end player, however people spend a lot more on hobbies over their life and I play it every day and never get tired of it. There is nothing like a nice instrument. This piano will outlive me.

I spent a lot of time researching pianos. You could get a baby grand grand for what I paid for the YUS 5. However, as the owner of the store told me, some baby grands are furniture.

I finished my PhD at 54 and then started taking lessons. I regretted quitting when when I was a child. I have heard so many people say I regret I did not............... I did not want that to be me.

When you decide to get an acoustic, get what you will be happy with for years to come. I am not suggesting you need to get a new piano, it is just what I wanted so I went for it. Sometimes you just do something for yourself, and a piano is truly a gift to you. My piano is now 5 years old and I never regret this purchase. I play it more then i drive my car.

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THanks everyone for the input. Scirocco and DFSRN. After contemplating your recommendations, I decided to rent an acoustic. There is a large shop near my home and they have several pianos available to rent. I was able to play different ones and pick the one I liked. Since I will be renting for only 11 months, the cost was a fraction of what I'd have to pay for even an inferior digital piano. And the dealer allows all of the rental money paid to go toward a new piano should I purchase one there. In another year I'll decide what to get for the long term and in the meantime I'll get some experience with an acoustic.

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I’m so glad you found a piano that works for you😊. It’s always great to hear that good plans work out well. Enjoy!


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What a benefit to have all your rental money go toward a purchase, that was a good way to go. Hope you enjoy it, I think learning piano keeps me mentally sharp.


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