New Piano Database Instructions
The New Piano Database is a listing of virtually every brand, model, style, and finish of new acoustic and digital 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 the Piano Buyer Model & Price Supplement. But whereas the Supplement 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. For acoustic grands and verticals, you can also “dial in” a discount to estimate a “street price.”
- Click on the Grand, Vertical, or Digital button to bring up the desired search filter.
- Enter your selections and click Submit to find all models that match your desired criteria. In each choice category, you may make multiple selections (e.g., multiple sizes, multiple styles, etc.).
- Use the Keyword field to find a specific brand. You may combine a Keyword with other criteria to further limit your search. When searching on a foreign brand name, enter vowels without marks such as umlauts or accents (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. Important: Use the Keyword field for brand name only—do not include model number or letter.
- The results of your search are displayed below the search criteria. Initially they’re shown in alphabetical order by brand, but you can click on the column headings to sort, for example, by size, price range, or furniture style.
- Clicking on any highlighted acoustic-piano brand name will take you to that manufacturer’s profile page, where you can find more information about the manufacturer or brand. Clicking on any highlighted digital-piano model name will bring up an expanded list of specifications for that model.
- In the search results for acoustic pianos, 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 Discount box in the search area and click Submit. 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.
- In the search results for digital pianos, Estimated Prices in blue italics represent the Minimum Advertised Price (MAP), a de facto street price for certain classes of digital piano. Estimated Prices in regular type represent our estimate of the price you will pay. For more information on digital piano pricing and specifications, see Digital Pianos: Key to Specifications & Prices.
- The model and price information for each brand is also available on that brand’s profile page, accessed through the Brand Index. Those listings also contain comments and options that pertain to specific brands or models.
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Electronic Player-Piano Systems
Electronic player-piano 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 our article “Buying an Electronic Player-Piano System.” As an estimate, we suggest adding $8,000 for a system with playback and accompaniment, and $11,000 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 only convenient estimates.
Please note that for models that are available from the manufacturer only with a player-piano system installed, such as Yamaha Disklaviers and certain Steinway Spirio models (as described in the listings for these models), the prices shown already include the cost of the player-piano system, so nothing should be added.
Saving and Printing
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.
Updating and Reporting Errors
Although the Piano Buyer Model & Price Supplement 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.
Please report suspected errors or problems to [email protected]. For problems, be sure to report your operating system and browser type.