Whether you only need a piano for a short time, you aren’t certain about how long your kid will stick with piano lessons and want to avoid the expense of a piano purchase or simply can’t afford one right now, renting a piano is an option worthy of consideration.
Let’s start with the obvious – pianos aren’t cheap. At least not good ones. And great ones, well you might want to start buying those lottery tickets. I’m not sure how many of us can afford to spend as much on a piano as our parents did buying their first house.
So where do you start? If you have read How to Buy a Piano – the First Question or Selling Your Piano – Start Here, you know we advise that before moving forward with buying, selling or renting a piano it’s good to know just why you are considering it. In the case of renting, is the primary motivation financial? Then you will want to do the usual numbers crunching and due diligence, etc. but don’t limit your efforts to just the obvious.
Consider the level of experience of those who will be playing this instrument. The less experienced, the more important it will be for the player to have time to develop not only their playing skills but their ability to discern the nuances of the instrument’s touch and tone. You don’t want to be locked into any particular instrument before knowing the player will be happy with it and able to grow with it over the coming years. So renting rather than buying can make sense.
One advantage of renting a piano is that you can limit your investment, both financially and emotionally. It affords you the opportunity to try different instruments before making that more permanent piano buying decision.