I receive calls and inquires constantly about pianos for sale. I would be happy to help you avoid costly mistakes and find the piano that's right for you, whether it's from a store or a private source. Be sure to read up and become an informed consumer first: I can recommend many sources of information, but a great online resource is www.pianobuyer.com. I have a series of articles I'm happy to email to you, but here's an edited version of one that was published on Angie's List:
In most cases, a qualified independent Registered Piano Technician ("RPT", www.ptg.org) can provide the best and most complete information about a piano you are considering purchasing by means of a pre-purchase inspection. A sales person or technician employed by a store has an obligation to promote sales, and possibly a financial stake in your purchase. Both are bound to influence the information they provide you. Though a teacher has their student's best interest at heart, only a qualified independent technician will be able to inspect the structural and mechanical condition of an instrument thoroughly, notice any problems, and steer a buyer towards the best piano for their money.
Feel free to call or email me with your questions - preferably before you have paid to have the piano moved to your home, and especially if it was free, very cheap, rather old, or a spinet (the short ones)!
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