Tips for Purchasing a Used Piano

How to Find the Best Used Piano in the Bay Area

As proud retailers of Weber pianos, Yamaha pianos, and Kurzweil instruments, we at Pianos Plus want our clients to discover customized solutions. Just because you don’t have space (or the budget) to get a gorgeous, brand new high-end grand does not mean you should forego your kids’ music education or give up on your dreams of recording the next great break-out pop single (or modern symphony).


The following people might consider buying used:

  • You’re a music director at a conservatory who’s bound by a budget, and you need practice instruments for your students.
  • You’re unlikely to stay in the Bay Area for more than two years. You want a piano, but you also don’t want to invest in an expensive new instrument, only to abandon it.
  • Your young son or daughter has expressed interest in playing the piano, but you want to get a starter instrument before investing thousands of dollars in a new piano.

When it comes to selecting your piano, consider these tips:

  • Inspect the piano for missing casters, damaged finish, loose hardware pieces and lack of structural integrity. If the strings are rusty (especially near the coils), the instrument may not be worth your time and money.
  • Hear the piano in person. Pianos left unused naturally go out of tune. Very old pianos may need significant (and expensive) retuning. The structure of the instrument itself can crack or warp due to changes in humidity and temperature.
  • Selecting the right instrument for your needs can be a challenge. Fortunately, you don’t have to do this by yourself.

Need Help Selecting a Used Piano?

Connect with the team at Pianos Plus for assistance with your used piano buying questions. For over four decades, we’ve helped musicians like you make great, economical choices. Give us a call today at 510-581-1660!