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I'm not in the market today (no space in the house, the only time I can play is 4-5am in the morning) but that doesn't stop me from dreaming, hence the long term ask.

Since I'm a bit impulsive, I know that when the opportunity finally arises, I'll probably jump at the first thing I see (yes, I am a savvy consumer).

So I thought I'd ask the experts here, are there any things you'd do starting now, if your long term plans were to buy a piano (I'm thinking a grand around/between 6-7ft, cause why not)?


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My suggestion would be to start with a free or low-price studio upright off Craigslist or some similar ad site, find yourself a good technician to put it into top condition, save your money, and then find your dream piano after you have developed your taste and found your tech.


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Quite simply, try a bunch of pianos in that size range from all different price points/countries of origin/brands, educate yourself as much as you can about new and recently-made used prices for the market segment, and squirrel away some money…

When your travels allow, consider visiting a couple larger dealers of good reputation that stock mini brands or of any pianos of the desired size. And I do agree with the above poster about making sure you found a technician you can too good regulation and voicing work, to keep the instrument feeling is having its best.

The last three acoustic grand pianos I’ve owned were probably influenced by positive experiences I previously had with that make and model, years before the actual purchase was made.


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Thank you both. BDB--I missed the point your were making entirely until terminaldegree mentioned it--finding good, trustworthy tech is a great tip, thanks. I'll definitely be considering the used market, as the potential bang for the buck there is too great to ignore. I'm noticing there aren't a whole lot of premium EU grands on the market in the US, whereas every other piano for sale seems to be a Steinway.


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