All About Choosing and Buying Pianos

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All About Choosing and Buying Pianos

Postby heyhoe » Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:39 am

Hi,

My colleague is asking if I'm interested to take over a piano that is about 15-20 years of age. He also mentioned that it needs tuning.

Just wondering if it is worth taking over or it is better to purchase a new one.

Appreciate any advise/feedback on this matter.

Thanks and regards,

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Postby caroline3sg » Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:46 am

Hi
It's free right? Tuning about $60 - $80. Let your child try first, if interested then buy new or 2nd hand from cristofori.

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Postby heyhoe » Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:19 pm

Actually, I already have a keyboard. Thus not sure if it is worth the trouble. I've to get mover and tuner.

Don't think it is free cause he mentioned someone interested to buy from him.

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Postby caroline3sg » Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:47 pm

The touch of keyboard & piano is different. Strength is needed to play piano and you need varying strengths throughout the music piece. Even amongst different make of piano, the touch (& of course sound/pitch depending on its height) is different.

So in my opinion, if your friend has intention to sell, you might as well buy 2nd hand from cristofori. You can go there to choose, I don't think is as old as 15 yrs. It could be 2 - 3 yrs. I heard that you can resell back to them if originally bought new one from them (after your child decides not to continue learning piano).

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Postby schellen » Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:01 pm

So does this mean that even if my child isn't a student at Cristofori, I can still buy a 2nd-hand piano from them?

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Postby caroline3sg » Thu Dec 18, 2008 4:13 pm

I think can, you can call them & ask.

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Postby schellen » Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:02 pm

Thank you. ^_^

Do you know if there are specific branches that sell the 2nd hand pianos or can I just call any one? I know that there is a branch at Bt. Gombak but that one is really small.

I presume that they will give us a chance to look close-up, play and feel the piano before we decide, right?
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Postby schellen » Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:08 pm

caroline3sg wrote:The touch of keyboard & piano is different. Strength is needed to play piano and you need varying strengths throughout the music piece. Even amongst different make of piano, the touch (& of course sound/pitch depending on its height) is different.


Also, a piano has pedals which a keyboard doesn't. Even if you can get pedals to attach to your keyboard, it will still feel different. Ultimately, the child has to experience and be able to judge how much pressure to use and how long to press down on the pedals, location of the pedals, etc.

Personally, I prefer the piano because the weight and texture of the keys make the playing "feel" better. Kind of hard to explain it in words but if you have played on both piano and keyboard before, it'll be easier to understand what I mean. My nails hitting the plastic keys on my keyboard also annoys me from time to time, even when I have short nails.

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Postby caroline3sg » Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:23 pm

I forgot about the pedal. But I was thinking for a start, children won't need to use pedals. Only at Grade 4. If the child wants to move on from Grade 1, then justifiable to get a new piano.

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Postby heyhoe » Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:39 pm

Thanks for the feedback. Oh yes, I've a slight idea on the weightage and the spacing of the keys.

Just wondering if it is worth the trouble bringing back to my place and then being told that I've to spend more than tuning. Afterall, it is rather old piano. :oops: don't know how to ask and what to ask.

As for purchasing of new piano, would only invest if my kid is really interested and willing to practise; preferably on his own. Although, I've been advised to purchase...I'm still holding back. Worried it will become another white elephant.

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