Should I buy a new piano or a used piano?

Pianos can have a life expectancy of 60 years or more if well maintained, and they generally perform well for their first 30 to 40 years. However, due to depreciation, a used piano only a few years old may be much less expensive than a comparable new one. Therefore, under the right circumstances, a used piano can be a better value than a new one. There are, however, concerns related to buying used, such as risk, lack of warranty, and the difficulties of shopping for one. See a discussion of the relative advantages and disadvantages of buying new and used. Also see the article “Buying a Used or Restored Piano.”

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