Because of the extraordinary prices these instruments command, novice buyers sometimes question whether the prices are justified — or are just the result of the clever marketing of well-known brand names. In this article, I explain what sets high-end pianos apart from less costly ones.
Many shopping for a piano all but ignore higher-end models, considering them beyond their needs or means. But for more than a few of these buyers, a better-quality piano may prove the better fit and value.
The selection of a concert grand usually falls to piano faculty at a university, the music director at a church, or pianists hired to choose an instrument for an orchestra. Occasionally these pianos are selected for homes. This article attempts to define and shorten the selection process.
As an aid to those buying a used Steinway, I have listed all models of Steinway piano made in New York City since the firm’s inception in 1853, serial numbers and corresponding years of manufacture, and a discussion of two issues that frequently arise in connection with used Steinways.
Regardless of whether you’re purchasing a piano for a church, school, performance space, or another institutional location, you need to start with some basic questions that will help identify the piano (or pianos) that are appropriate for your situation.
How Institutions Can Avoid Donations of Inappropriate Instruments
This article helps institutions develop a plan for fulfilling their piano-related needs, including valuable guidelines for the donation of used pianos, so they will not be sitting ducks for well-intended but inappropriate donations.