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Many people attempt to save money by buying a used piano instead of a new one—often a very good idea. But buyers who obtain a piano from a private party for free or very little money often find that, after dealing with all the unexpected headaches and expenses, the instrument they thought was a bargain was no bargain at all!

Buying a used piano from a private party may initially seem less expensive than buying from a dealer, but have you considered the following issues and expenses:

  • How much will it cost to move the piano to your home? Moving can be expensive, especially where stairs are involved, and attempting to move the piano yourself is dangerous. Dealers can arrange for moving safely and usually at lower cost than you can due to their established relationships with piano movers.
  • Will the piano hold its tune? Unless you pay to have the piano professionally inspected before buying, you won’t know if it will hold its tune until you get it home and hire a tuner. A bad pinblock will render a piano utterly useless, and replacing the pinblock can easily cost $5,000 or more.
  • In addition to tuning, how much will it cost to get the action (moving parts) repaired, regulated, and in playing condition? This cost can run into the hundreds of dollars. Just because a piano looks good doesn’t mean that it’s a good buy!
  • Do the soundboard and bridges have sufficient crown and downbearing to ensure good tonal quality for years to come? As with the pinblock, replacing a worn out soundboard can cost thousands of dollars, and is completely out of the question for an upright piano, and for most grands as well.
  • Does the piano’s case need refinishing? The cost to refinish a used piano can be over a thousand dollars. And don’t think that this is a do-it-yourself project—many try and end up never completing the job, leaving a living room floor littered with cabinet parts, or end up sealing the piano shut.
  • What about a warranty? Once you buy the piano, it’s yours—there’s no warranty from a private party.

Why a 10 Point Certified Used Piano from Jasons Music Center makes sense

Before offering a Certified Used Piano for sale, we will:

  • Inspect the pinblock and test the tuning pins for tightness to ensure that the piano is structurally capable of holding a tuning and maintaining concert pitch.
  • Check the structural integrity of the piano, including the cast-iron plate.
  • Make sure the soundboard has sufficient crown and the bridges sufficient downbearing to produce good tonal quality for years to come.
  • Inspect the soundboard ribs for separations and the bridges for cracks that would impair the tone.
  • Inspect the piano keys and action parts, and repair as needed.
  • Ensure all pedals operate properly, including the sostenuto pedal (where applicable).
  • Inspect the piano case and hardware, and refinish or repair blemishes as needed.
  • Before delivery, tune the piano to concert pitch and regulate the piano action.
  • After delivery, tune the piano to concert pitch and regulate the piano action, if needed.
  • Provide a 5 to 10 year warranty covering all parts AND labor.
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