They all sound good to me, so how do I tell if a piano has good tone?

Piano tone is a matter of personal preference, which is influenced by how well and what kind of music you play, and by what you’ve been used to playing or listening to in the past. Your taste in piano tone may also change with time. One way to begin to recognize what is generally considered good tone is to play or listen to some of the most expensive pianos, including ones you can’t afford to buy, and then compare them to less-expensive instruments. A warning, however: As your taste in piano tone becomes more sophisticated, this can be end up being a very expensive exercise. Alternatively, ask a piano teacher, technician, or dealer for assistance in evaluating the tone of pianos in your price range. See the article on touch and tone in “Piano-Buying Basics” for more information.

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