Tips for Shopping for a Piano
On a piano the longer the strings the stronger the __________ will be.
I am Derek Love from the Piano Workshop in Reigate in the UK. I am here for About.com and I am going to give you tips about shopping for a piano.When a customer arrives at the showroom looking for a piano , they will normally not have a great knowledge of what they want. They will consider several things. They will consider the look of the piano, the sound of the piano, the size of the piano and generally, the price they are willing to pay.The customer will need to decide their budget, whether they would like a new or a period piano. The price will depend on the quality of the piano. For somebody who is starting to play the piano it is good to buy the best quality piano that you can afford. There is a wide range, in the older days there were many, many thousands of companies. That has narrowed down to a very few companies that are making pianos worldwide today. You have a choice. You can buy a grand piano, a new piano, or a period restored second hand piano.Should I buy a grand or an upright piano? Most customers will come in and their heart will naturally go towards buying a grand piano. But it will depend on size, because the grand piano is larger than the upright piano. The upright piano was designed to fit into smaller houses and if you had a lot more space you bought a grand. On a piano, the longer the strings, the stronger the base will be. And on a grand piano you are able to get the strings longer, so the tone will be more powerful.Before you purchase a piano I am sure you will do research on the internet, and what you are looking for is a shop that has technicians that do restoration of the piano, that know about pianos and that can give you good advice on a piano.This is Derek Love from the Piano Workshop in Reigate for About.com.