Quality, What's in It?
Factors that affect the quality of the piano are usually reflected in the price.
Below is a general list of factors that
contribute to a piano's quality. Just like anything else, these factors are
subject to personal preference. Invisible qualities such as
brand recognition may also be included in the quality of the piano.
However, we will address only tangible factors here.
- Sound & Playability. This is the most
important quality of any piano. Because the piano is most often
used to play classical music which can require very fast
repetition and sensitive musical expressions, the ultimate test
of any piano is by the sound and playability. Often times it is
not easy for an amateur player to assess the sound and
playability, but when serious piano players buy a piano, this is
what they are looking for, and is how they fall in love with a
- Longevity and Durability. Quality pianos
last longer because they were made with higher quality raw
materials and more time and care were put into the building process.
However this criteria is not as important as sound and
playability because pianos in general can last a very long time
(at least 30 years) if used moderately and are well taken care
- Look and Style. One special feature of a
piano compared to other musical instrument is that it can
serve as a piece of decorative furniture. A beautiful piano enhances the look of
your living room. However, you should not choose a piano based
on looks and styles only.
All new pianos come with warranties from the manufacturer. A
piano bench may not be included when you purchase the piano, so be
sure to ask about it. Ask about the fee for the delivery of the
piano and if a tuning is included after it's delivered. However,
a good warrantee does not automatically translate into a good piano.