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

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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 272-page, full-color print edition, The Best of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer, containing the most useful articles we've published in the past nine years.

Editorially independent of any manufacturer or dealer.

Featured Articles

Review: Dexibell Vivo H3 Digital Piano

Review: Dexibell Vivo H3 Digital Piano

In recent years, great strides have been made in the realism of digital piano sound, and the Vivo models from Italian manufacturer Dexibell are stellar examples.


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The Private and Public Sides of Celebrity Pianos

The Private and Public Sides of Celebrity Pianos

A piano can acquire a history, through association with a celebrity, that will give it extra value—even (though rarely) into the millions of dollars—above and beyond what it might be worth solely as a musical instrument. Some of these “celebrity pianos” are known to the public through famous people who design and market their celebrity status for a charity or business. But in my experience, it’s more common for a celebrity or a celebrity’s heirs to part with a piano in a private transaction than to direct public attention toward their personal property.


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The Vertical Piano Is <em>Not</em> Dead:

The Vertical Piano Is Not Dead: Seiler Brings Premium Action Technology to the Mid-priced ED Series

Piano geeks, digital-piano zealots, and members of the piano industry in general often speak of the imminent demise of the acoustic vertical, aka upright, piano. Allow me to offer an opposing viewpoint: Seiler’s SMR-equipped instruments can provide a means of enhancing the action performance of a vertical piano in a way that requires less of a compromise when compared to a grand.


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Review: A First Look at Kawai's Novus NV10 Hybrid

Review: A First Look at Kawai's Novus NV10 Hybrid

The Kawai Novus is different in a way that may not show up in the numbers but that strongly matters to pianists, and brings to the digital-piano industry an important first: The Novus’s touch weight varies based on whether or not the damper pedal is depressed. The Novus is the first production digital piano from a major manufacturer to re-create this feeling—a subtle and important enhancement of the player’s sense of musical control.


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Piano Buyer Interview:

Piano Buyer Interview: Joe Ross, Owner of PianoMart.com

“My biggest challenge has been trying to stay one step ahead of the scammers who relentlessly assault the site almost daily. Fortunately, the e-mails that piano sellers receive from scammers are relatively easy to identify. The safest way to buy or sell a piano on the Internet is to use the PianoMart.com free escrow service.”

 


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Cleaning and Polishing a Piano's Finish

Cleaning and Polishing a Piano's Finish

The purpose of this article is to explain the proper care of the three most common piano finishes today: satin, high gloss, and open pore. To best care for your piano’s finish, you need to know what kind of finish it is, and what its special requirements are.


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