Here at Amro Music, one of the questions we hear most often is, "How much does a baby grand cost?" Most music stores don't post prices for new pianos on their sites for a couple reasons:
- The manufacturer may place restrictions on the retailer for what they're allowed to post visibly.
- Price is not the ultimate measure of a piano's quality, whether you're looking at a new or a used piano.
- Some people don't realize that some pianos can cost what a car costs. Most people don't pay cash for a new car, yet in their Internet shopping, they're only thinking about what they could write a check for today. Unfortunately, that may not be an amount that is reasonable for a quality instrument.
- There are many ownership options customers aren't always aware of that can make a piano more affordable than the price may at first suggest. Rental, Lease, and Financing options can help defray the expense, plus add flexibility to ensure you can acquire the piano that fits your needs.
So the answer to the question is, there's no "one-size-fits-all" answer. Some baby grands are as low as a few thousand dollars and others are well over $100,000. With so much information readily available on the Internet, it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start your search or what questions to ask.
5 Tips for Choosing a Baby Grand Piano
You should know that all pianos are not created equally, even if they look similar. So, how can you tell when it is worth spending more, and what you will get from the added cost? Here are a few factors that can affect the price:
Know Baby Grand Piano Sizes
For grand pianos, we're talking about the length. For uprights, we're talking about the height. Better pianos tend to be slightly larger, which gives them a more desirable touch and tone.
But there are also materials and construction differences that can make a piano cost more. Even if you don't notice the difference as a beginning player or listener, as your ears and playing skills develop, you'll generally appreciate the sound of larger pianos more.
Check New vs. Used Baby Grands
Sure, this one is obvious. However, most people don't realize there may be new pianos which offer a better playing experience, at a better price, than some used pianos. It is worth exploring both new and used options to find the piano that suits you best, and is within your budget.
Explore the Brands
This isn't a Hatfields vs. McCoys discussion on which brand is better. The top three manufacturers (Steinway, Yamaha, Kawai) all build quality instruments in a variety of price points.
However, you might notice different pricing strategies at different stores. Some brands adhere to a standardized price, while others set an artificially high MSRP and then reflect a false "discount" to make it look like a major discount to the consumer.
What's important to investigate is which line within the brand you're looking at and compare its quality to other manufacturers' pianos in similar tiers. Once you have truthful information, it's easier to compare two pianos by different manufacturers.
See Different Colors
The different wood veneers used for the exterior of the piano can greatly affect the price of new pianos, in particular.
Walnut, mahogany, and exotic finishes like Bubinga tend to be more expensive than satin ebony (flat black) or polished ebony.
Consider Buying from a Store vs. an Individual
You'll probably pay a bit more from a retail store, but you'll also have peace of mind with fully-insured movers and a warranty. Plus, the store can provide tuning and service, both right after the sale and for years to come, often at a better price than if you weren't a customer.
Get Educated and Choose a Trustworthy Partner
There can be many other factors that affect the price of the piano. Your best bet to getting the best deal is to move slowly and learn about what you're buying.
Most people only buy one piano in their lifetime, so it's an investment purchase that warrants your attention and the service of a trustworthy sales person. At Amro Music, we pride ourselves on putting the customer first; that means we are honest, straight-forward, and helpful as you make your shopping decision. To talk to a piano expert, either contact us or come into the store today!