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#282869 - 03/03/07 12:39 AM Question about rental pianos
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Registered: 07/30/05
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I'm a college student renting a room in a house for a year, and I'd like to have a piano handy. I contacted a local piano dealer, and their rental rates for uprights are "49-129" dollars per month (without being specific as to what pianos fall into which spots in that range). Ideally, I'd like to have a very good upright with a very soft middle pedal for late-night practice. I don't intend on purchasing a new instrument, as I already have one at my permanent home and am only looking for sometihng to last me a year.

What kind of price should I consider reasonable for the piano I described above? Also, when I'm "shopping" for a specific instrument, is there anything I should watch out for in rental pianos (for example, would I be able to tell if the instrument gets out of tune easily)?

Thanks a lot in advance - I appreciate any advice you can give me.

- Silence

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#282870 - 03/03/07 12:58 AM Re: Question about rental pianos
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Play all the pianos that are available to you for rental. Try to find one that you enjoy playing. Decide what you can afford to pay for the rent and let the piano dealer know that you are a student, without a lot of extra money. That will no doubt be the best you can do.

You will have to see what the dealer is willing to provide in the way of tunings; you are likely to find that you will need to pay for a couple of them yourself.

Without knowing the particular pianos available to you, there is no general advice which can direct you to the best one.

The piano rental market price will reflect the economics of your local area. There is no general rule. Lots of splendid pianos may be available for rental in NYC, or other major urban centers, at splendid prices and so on down the scale of quality and price.

My guess is that pianos rented to students at low rental fees are not likely to be high quality instruments, but you might find one that works for you.
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#282871 - 03/03/07 02:26 PM Re: Question about rental pianos
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Registered: 08/10/05
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Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Silent Omen, have you considered purchasing a digital piano? It strikes me that for about $400 you could get the Casio PX110, with weighted keys, and have it to keep forever rather than throwing the money away in rental fees. Since you are renting a room in the house, the ability to play completely silently through headphones would be a big benefit.

As a college student, you might be able to get access to the practice rooms at your college for those times you really want to play an acoustic.
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