The Acoustic Piano Database is a listing of virtually every brand, model, style, and finish of new piano distributed nationwide in the United States and, for the most part, Canada — more than 3,000 of them. It's the same listing contained in both the online and print editions of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer. But whereas the book is updated only twice a year, the database is updated continuously. You can search and sort the database on brand name, price range, size, furniture style, finish, and more. So if you're looking for a piano to fit a certain budget, size, or furniture style, you can both narrow your search and expand your knowledge of available options quickly and easily. You can also "dial in" a discount to estimate a "street price."
• Click on the "Vertical" or "Grand" button to enter the search page.
• On the search page, enter your selections and click "Submit" to find all piano models that match your desired criteria. In each choice category, you may make multiple selections (e.g., multiple price ranges, multiple styles, etc.).
• Checking specific size ranges, price ranges, furniture styles, or finishes will override the "All" checkbox (All Sizes, All Prices, All Styles, All Finishes) in each of those categories. Entering a "custom" size or price will override all checkboxes in that category.
• Use the "Keyword Search" to find a specific brand. You may combine the Keyword Search with other criteria to further limit your search. When searching on a German piano name, enter vowels without umlauts (e.g., "o", not "ö"). If you're not sure how to spell a name, enter the part you know and the search function will find any name containing that sequence of letters.
• The results of your search are displayed on the results page. Initially they're shown in alphabetical order by brand, but you can click on the highlighted column headings to sort by brand, size, or price. As a reminder, the criteria you used to obtain these results are shown above the column headings. Clicking on any highlighted brand name will take you to that manufacturer's website.
• Click on "Refine This Search" to return to the search page to further edit your search criteria, or click on "Search Verticals" or "Search Grands" to be presented with a clean search page and default settings.
• The first two price columns represent two different kinds of "list price." To estimate the "street price" you will actually pay, use the discount calculator: Enter a percentage discount in the box near the upper right corner of the page and click "Reload this search with Discount %." The discounted Suggested Maximum Price will be shown in the third price column. Be sure you have read about Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, Suggested Maximum Price, and "street price" discounts so you know what percentage discounts you can realistically apply.
• Where a symbol appears in the "Comments" field, mousing over the symbol or clicking on it will display the comment. For ease of programming, we have collected in one place all comments that pertain to each brand. The comment that displays may apply to all models of that brand, or just to particular models, but not necessarily to the model shown on the line where the symbol appears. If not applicable, just ignore it.
Click on the Help icon from any search or results page to return to these instructions.
For more information on Size, Quality Level, Furniture Style, Finish, and Sheen, please read "Piano Buying Basics" in Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer.
For more information on prices, including the meaning and significance of Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price and Suggested Maximum Price, please click here, or read the introduction to the Model & Pricing Guide in Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer.
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On the search page, as a convenience, we offer three choices regarding the purchase of an electronic player-piano add-on (retrofit) system installed in the piano: No Player-Piano System; Player-Piano System with Playback and Accompaniment; and Player-Piano System with Playback, Accompaniment, and Record. These systems vary widely in price depending on the particular system and options purchased, how the dealer acquired and installed the system, and other considerations, which are detailed in the article "Buying an Electronic Player-Piano System" in Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer. Here, however, for simplicity, we add $7,500 for a system with playback and accompaniment, and $9,300 for a system with playback, accompaniment, and record. These represent approximate "MSRP" or "Suggested Maximum Prices" for basic PianoDisc or QRS systems as frequently configured by dealers. These prices are subject to discount in the same manner, and to about the same extent, as the piano prices. System configurations and prices do vary, however, so all prices should just be considered convenient estimates.
Please note that Yamaha Disklavier pianos will not appear on the results page when the "No Player-Piano System" option is chosen. When one of the other two options is chosen, Disklaviers will appear (if they match the other search criteria), but the $7,500 or $9,300 will not be added to the price because these instruments' prices as listed already include the player-piano system.
Using your browser's "bookmarking" or "favorites" feature to bookmark the results page, you can save the criteria you used for searching. Then, when you call up the bookmarked page, the results will appear. If the database has been updated since you originally bookmarked the page, the new data will be used in place of the old.
To save your actual results (not just the criteria), use your browser's "Save As" function to save the results page as a web page. To print your results, use your browser's "Print" function.
Although Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer is updated twice a year, this database is updated whenever new information comes to our attention or errors are reported. Therefore, the information in this database may differ slightly from that in the publication, and should be considered the more accurate of the two.
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