Piano on a Budget
September 19, 2008 8:02 AM Subscribe
Our children are taking piano lessons. They need a piano. We don't know what we're doing.
posted by Fairchild to Shopping (25 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Our kids, ages 5 and 8, started piano lessons this week. We need to buy them an acoustic piano for practice at home.
My partner and I have no idea what we're doing. We don't know how to shop for a piano. We have never played a musical instrument. We would like to buy something used, with a price tag of $500 dollars or less. Is this reasonable or realistic?
I know to avoid stuck and chipped keys, but what else?
I saw an ad today for "BALDWIN PIANO Acrosonic. Excellent condition. $500" Another ad stated, "Kimball upright piano, good condition, $150" I have no idea what this means. I know nothing about brands. If I went into a home to see these pianos I wouldn't have a clue as what to look for.
We aren't considering electronic keyboards because the instructor is against them. We aren't against upgrading to a nicer piano in the future, but for now, we need something adequate for them to practice on.
Also, what are your views on children learning and loving music if their parents don't know diddly? We listen to a wide variety of music and we sing (poorly), but that's where it ends. We have never played an instrument and do not know how to read music. We (I) have some anxiety about our kids being able to practice and learn effectively when we don't know the first thing about music. We did sit in on the first lesson ,and we'll probably sit in on a few more (the instructor prefers it this way), so we do feel somewhat comfortable helping them with posture, finger placement, etc., for practice at home.
Any advice appreciated. We need a piano and we're clueless!