Our Guide to Purchasing a Piano
What type of piano is right for me?
What is the difference between a piano and keyboard?
When and why should I upgrade my piano/keyboard?
Why Free Pianos are not actually Free
Acoustic Piano: Number 1 choice of teachers & professionals for touch, sound and musicality.
Please Note: Acoustic pianos require yearly tuning/maintenance for proper performance.
Disklavier Player Piano: Acoustic player piano with a complete entertainment center.
Record, video, electronics, headphone/silent play, moving keys, iPad/Smartphone.
Piano with Technology: Acoustic piano with digital options.
The future of pianos. The quality of acoustics plus the fun of electronics
Hybrid Piano: Acoustic piano action in a digital piano. (Kawai CS, Yamaha AVANT)
Excellent option for institutions or locations with sound, space limitations.
Digital Piano: Electric 88 key to simulate an acoustic with multiple features.
Limited touch and tone versus acoustic piano. Weighted, 88-key Digitals may not replace an acoustic piano for lessons! Useful for a 2nd instrument when portability or recording is required. Acceptable for a limited time for beginning lessons but not recommended by piano instructors.
Portable Keyboard: 61 plastic unweighted keys or less. Super fun but not acceptable for lessons.
Aspiring Student/Hobbiest 43”-45” upright:
Nice upgrade from any digital keyboard or piano over 25 years old.
Quality workmanship and materials for all levels of students
New: Kawai: K15, K200, 506N, ST-1, or Yamaha: B1, B2, P22
Professional/Series Studio 48”–52” upright: $5,000 -$12,000
Excellent Investment, quality workmanship & materials
Piano of choice for schools, studios and instructors
Suitable for any level player: student-professional
New: Kawai K300, 400, 500 or Yamaha U1, U3, YUS3, YUS5
Intermediate Baby Grands 5’: $5,000-$10,000
Nice upgrade from upright for beauty, better action, tone, and tuning stability.
New: Kawai GL10, Yamaha GBK1
Professional Series Grand 5’2”–5’11”: $10,000-$30,000
Excellent investment, quality workmanship and materials
New: Yamaha GC or Kawai GL Series
Concert/Professional– Grand Piano 6’–9’: $30,000 +
Life long investment. Highest quality workmanship and materials
New: Yamaha CX, Kawai GX Series or Select American/European Models