What is the first step in purchasing a piano for my family?

The first step in purchasing a piano is to evaluate whether it’s likely be a long-term or a short-term purchase. For example, if there are several potential players in the family, especially if one is a parent who played piano as a child, chances are that at least one family member will play for many years. With only one potential player, on the other hand, particularly a young child, there is more risk that the instrument will be abandoned after a short while. If the risk of abandonment is high, you may want to start with a less expensive piano or a digital piano, or even to rent one, and then upgrade to a better instrument when you feel confident that the risk of abandonment has passed. If you are already confident that the piano will be played for a long time, it makes more sense to invest in a better instrument right away. For more information, see the article “Piano-Buying Basics.”

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