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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 particular piano.
  • 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 of.
  • 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.