Should I Buy a Piano from a Dealer or Private Party?

Weber Piano in Red Music RoomPurchasing even small Yamaha or Weber pianos requires a sizable investment. So what can you do, if anything, to reduce costs? Aside from saving up, paring down your budget and determining whether you’re serious about your practice, you can opt for used or pre-owned pianos. But if you do go this route, should you purchase from a dealer or a private party?

Consider the following:

Price. Shop around, and you can probably find competitive prices. For instance, a family that urgently needs to move away from the Bay Area (for a job opportunity, e.g.) might be willing to part with a precious piano just to simplify logistics. However, consider longer term implications. If you buy a cheap instrument directly but then need to spend thousands to move it, tune it or fix subtle problems that you didn’t know existed, is the piano really “cheap” anymore? To maximize your dollar, your best bet is (usually) to find a qualified dealer.

Guarantees. It’s (relatively) easy to buy from a private dealer you find on Craigslist. But how do you know what you’re really getting? When you shop with a respected, established authorized Yamaha piano dealer, you can enjoy protection from warranties and/or certifications. Used pianos sold by dealers also tend to be professionally reconditioned, so you can be sure you are getting a high-quality product.

Choice. Going the private-dealer route is really grab-bag shopping. Unless you’re persistent and patient, you may have to wait a while to get the precise instrument model that you crave. Official Yamaha or Weber piano stores, by contrast, generally carry a diverse variety of products, so you can find an instrument that meets your requirements and specifications.

Finding a Bay Area Piano Dealer You Can Trust

Whether you’re looking for an instrument for a budding musician in your family about to embark on a course of rigorous piano lessons or searching for a piano to compose soundtracks for your popular YouTube channel, trust the team at Pianos Plus to deliver exceptional value.  Call us today at (510) 581-1660.