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The Definitive Piano Buying Guide for New, Used, and Restored Pianos and Digital Pianos

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Fall 2017 Issue > Read Online Free

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A piano is one of the most expensive purchases a household will ever make, and buying a piano can be difficult, confusing, and time consuming.

Piano Buyer is a semiannual piano buying guide that will help you make a fast informed decision concerning the purchase of a piano or digital piano. Read free online, or purchase the 264-page, full-color print edition.

Editorially independent of any manufacturer or dealer.

Fall 2017 Featured Articles

Dealer Preparation of New Pianos:

Dealer Preparation of New Pianos: Should I Buy a Piano “Out of the Crate”?

Some shoppers request a new piano fresh out of the crate instead of a “floor sample,” based on the misconception that a crated piano must be in perfect condition, whereas a piano that has been handled by the dealer and other shoppers is somehow compromised. In reality, the opposite is true: The extra tunings, the small amount of breaking-in of the action by prospective buyers, the optimizing of regulation and voicing by the dealer’s technician, a little attention to cosmetics—all provide value to the wise shopper, who thus will always prefer a floor model to an unseen instrument still in its crate or box.


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Review: Fazioli

Review: Fazioli

Few piano makers generate more buzz among pianists and piano enthusiasts than the Italian company Fazioli. In a profession dominated by established composers, teachers, performers, styles, and instrument makers, many now consider Fazioli to be firmly established as a premium piano maker, in the same echelon as Steinway and Bösendorfer — a remarkable achievement, given that Fazioli was founded only as recently as 1978.


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Six Software Pianos under $150:

Six Software Pianos under $150: A Sampling

Software pianos are a means of breathing new life into older gear for an affordable price, and they sound better and more realistic than almost every hardware-based digital piano I’ve played. However, the installation process for each is tedious, with many steps, and once you’ve got your software piano running, you’re going to spend time tweaking your computer’s settings to find an acceptable balance of stability and performance.


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