Trying and buying a new piano directly off the off the piano store floor is a wonderful buying option.
You get hands-on experience with that instrument and a great feel for how it is going to perform in your home.
However, you must take into consideration that a new piano fresh from the box will change its tonal characteristics over time because of the break-in period every new piano experiences.
This process goes on for months as it settles into its permanent environment.
Pianos will " brighten up" or get more treble sounding as they mature, and the hammers are compressed with use.
If a piano is voiced too bright when it is new, there is a strong chance it will become glassy and produce overtones as it is played in the future. This too-bright sound will require a voicing down if it gets too bad.
Buying a piano that is voiced a little mellower when new will grow into its designed sound which will be more resonate and natural to that piano.
Some dealers and some manufacturers purposely have their pianos brighter out of the box because they seem to have more presence in the sound on the sales floor. Rest assured that it is probably not the same sound that you will hear in your home a year from purchase so be careful with this as you shop for your new piano.
If it's very bright when new it could be too bright and brassy and have that "tinny sound" down the road.
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When you begin looking for a new or pre-owned piano, the number of options can be intimidating. Owning a piano is an investment, and you want to make sure you pick the right model.
Before entering a piano store, knowing what size of piano your home can accommodate is important. Walking in with measurements and constraints is an important first step. If you’re low on space, consider looking at upright pianos.
The piano is a stringed keyboard instrument in which the strings are struck by wooden hammers that are coated with a softer material. It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings. It was invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700.
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They were looking for a grand piano for their daughter to begin piano lessons with, we had the perfect piano for her! This certified Kawai Grand Piano felt just right.