Before getting into the nuts and bolts of how to buy a piano, such as brands, prices, technical questions and so on we should step back and ask a most basic question, one which many people may not stop to genuinely think about.
Now that may sound silly or even a bit antagonistic but when you pause to consider this you should see how fundamental it is. And really every other component of your piano buying decision is influenced, or should be influenced, by the answer to this question.
For instance, who is the piano for? Is it for yourself, your spouse, your child (or children)? The “why” of the purchase will depend on not only the recipient of the instrument but your motivation for buying it.
If you are buying a piano for your kids is it because you have decided as a parent that this is an important and necessary discipline they should pursue? Or is it because they have been bugging you for the past six months to buy a piano and will gladly (at least for the moment) spend time with it every day, not because they must but because they want to?
Think about how the difference in scenarios above might affect not only what piano you buy but when you buy it or whether or not you buy one at all. That’s just one example. If you spend a little time considering why you want to buy a piano, within the parameters of your own particular situation, your experience should be more successful and enjoyable.
Once you have a good idea of why you are thinking about buying a piano, you can then start looking at other considerations such as the importance of budget, appearance, performance and other factors. But first a continuation of the Why Buy a Piano question, which is Who is it For?