Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer replaces both The Piano Book and the Annual Supplement to The Piano Book.
For those not familiar with it, The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano, by Larry Fine, first published in 1987, was, for many years, the principal consumer guide to buying an acoustic piano in the United States and Canada. The most recent, fourth, edition was published in 2001 and is still in print. An Annual Supplement was published each year from 1996 to 2008 to keep the information on brands, models, and prices of new pianos up to date.
Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer replaces both volumes and differs from them in the following ways:
• Piano Buyer is published twice a year, in spring and fall.
• Piano Buyer includes information on digital pianos, and on used and restored acoustic pianos, in addition to new acoustic pianos.
• Piano Buyer is partially supported by advertising.
• Piano Buyer is available free in digital form on this website. It can also be purchased in print through the website or from any bookstore.
Piano Buyer is a hybrid book/magazine. The "book" part consists of a collection of how-to articles on the many aspects of buying a piano. Because piano buyers need this information all at once, not over a long period of time, most of these articles will remain relatively unchanged from issue to issue. Our aim is to provide you with only the most useful and important information, succinctly stated, and to address the topics of broadest interest, so that you can be on your way to enjoying your piano as quickly as possible. For those readers desiring more, there is plenty of interesting material of a more technical or specialized nature in The Piano Book and, from time to time, on this website.
The "magazine" part of the publication consists of articles of more temporary interest, model and price data for new acoustic and digital pianos, and advertisements, all of which will be updated as necessary with each issue. The model and price data for acoustic pianos is also available in a free, searchable database accessible from the "Model & Pricing Guide" section of the online edition, as well as from this website.