Should I buy an entry-level piano for a student who is just starting to play, and plan to get a better instrument as the student progresses?

This is a reasonable approach if the risk is high that the student’s interest in playing will disappear after awhile. If the risk is very low, you should buy the best piano you can reasonably afford, as the benefits of better performance will be realized for years to come. Also, even if there is a loss of interest, the better-quality piano will likely retain a greater proportion of its value upon resale than will the lower-quality one. For more information, see the article “Piano-Buying Basics.”

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