In 2022 Maricopa School District set out to replace its 100-year-old Chickering & Sons 7-foot piano, with a new concert grand. The Chickering & Sons piano had some issues with its action and sound making it difficult to play.
Driven by school staff and parents, the group fundraised to replace the piano with one that would be a wonderful addition to the school’s music program.
Through the many years I have been in the piano industry I have been approached by many people asking about a free piano they had seen on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, been offered by a friend of family member, or even found in a giveaway ad.
This always makes me apprehensive because for the most part they end up being anything but free in the long run.
Occasionally, a piano offered by a relative or a good friend might be a decent one, but more often than not you are getting a liability, especially if you know nothing about pianos.
In the 55 plus years I have been involved in the piano industry one of the most asked questions is" when do I know it's time for a different piano"
My answer is always the same. You will feel it in your musical senses. As you progress through the improving stages of playing you will almost instinctively know when it's time to move ahead.
There seems to be quite a few used Steinway pianos available both in store and online these days.
Many people are asking if these used Steinway products are a good value, the answer is both yes, and no. With many variables in play.
Some people think that learning a new skill or instrument as an adult is difficult. This belief often prevents people from diving into a hobby that would bring them joy and even improve their lives.
Many people ask, should I rent a piano before I buy one? or even, should I rent a piano instead of buying one altogether?
If you already own an acoustic grand or upright piano, but you have your eye on a shiny new one, there may be opportunities for you to use your existing piano to purchase the piano of your dreams.