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#2146882 - 09/09/13 11:28 AM what piano can I buy??
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Hello!! I was wondering what is the best piano I can buy with 2000 dollars? Thanks in advance!

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#2146885 - 09/09/13 11:33 AM Re: what piano can I buy?? [Re: alacy329]
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You'll be looking at an upright piano. $2000 will buy a beginner range used upright that's not too old, which is probably where you should go. Which one is best really depends on what's available in your price range locally. Start looking, play a lot of pianos to get a feel for what that price range feels like. When you find a piano or two you like, get a good tech to come out and evaluate the piano before purchasing.

It's really difficult to talk manufacturers or models, because there is no "best" piano in any price range. You will find more differences in pianos at any given price range than just about any other product you will buy. It's much more about finding the sound and touch that are right for you, and at that price range, also finding a piano that is in good enough condition to be serviceable and usable so you won't have to throw more money into it.
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#2146917 - 09/09/13 12:17 PM Re: what piano can I buy?? [Re: alacy329]
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So should I go to a piano dealer or keep looking online? Thanks again!

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#2146927 - 09/09/13 12:26 PM Re: what piano can I buy?? [Re: alacy329]
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You cannot buy a piano online. You need to play it and listen to it, get the feel of it. Only in this way will you succeed in finding the sound you want.
By all means go online to check what instruments are available out there, but you will need to visit a dealer before you decide what to buy.
Hope this helps, and best wishes.

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#2147058 - 09/09/13 04:17 PM Re: what piano can I buy?? [Re: alacy329]
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You can also look locally through Craigslist. I would definitely not buy a piano over the internet, as you need a tech to assess it. I agree with Derek though, start by going to some dealers to get a feel for what's out there. This will give you a frame of reference if you want to look at private sellers.
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#2147082 - 09/09/13 04:54 PM Re: what piano can I buy?? [Re: alacy329]
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You should be able to find a decent used Yamaha or Kawai console at about $2000-$2500.
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#2147083 - 09/09/13 04:54 PM Re: what piano can I buy?? [Re: alacy329]
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Originally Posted By: alacy329
Hello!! I was wondering what is the best piano I can buy with 2000 dollars? Thanks in advance!


If you want to buy a new piano, then there is nothing below $2K. However, you can buy a new vertical piano in $2-3K range from many brands such as Suzuki, Hardman, Henry Miller, Pearl River, and Young Chang. Just go the dealers, try them out, and pick the one with the most pleasing sound to you. You are covered with new piano warranty.

If you want to buy a used piano, then you definitely need the help of a good piano technician who charges $50-$150 per visit. It is a significant percent of your $2K budget. Therefore I do not think buying used is a viable option in your budget range.


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#2147088 - 09/09/13 05:06 PM Re: what piano can I buy?? [Re: jc201306]
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Originally Posted By: jc201306

If you want to buy a new piano, then there is nothing below $2K. However, you can buy a new vertical piano in $2-3K range from many brands such as Suzuki, Hardman, Henry Miller, Pearl River, and Young Chang. Just go the dealers, try them out, and pick the one with the most pleasing sound to you. You are covered with new piano warranty.

If you want to buy a used piano, then you definitely need the help of a good piano technician who charges $50-$150 per visit. It is a significant percent of your $2K budget. Therefore I do not think buying used is a viable option in your budget range.


If the OP narrowed down a choice to a favorite used piano vs a new one, then it would still be a viable and financially responsible option to get a tech inspection within their budget. The biggest factor in favor of the used piano would be the possibility of a better action, larger size, or better quality instrument. The $2-3k new pianos are 42" consoles only, while used could have some better 45-48" choices (if you had enough time to look around).

At the $2k price point it's probably a good idea to look at some digital pianos, too-- particularly if the OP doesn't have an ongoing maintenance budget.
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#2147089 - 09/09/13 05:06 PM Re: what piano can I buy?? [Re: alacy329]
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Depending on your specific needs, a mid-range digital piano might be for consideration in this price range as well.

Be sure to read the Piano Buyer guide free online: http://www.pianobuyer.com/fall13/
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