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There are many common misconceptions about buying pianos for young students, and one of them is that a suitable piano can be had for only a few hundred dollars.The truth is that, to progress, young students need Parents may not want to invest a lot of money in a piano — after all, the child may lose interest — so an older, cheaper piano may seem the logical place to start.However, a bad purchasing decision at this point in a student’s learning tends to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.In many cases a piano that is too old, too small, or simply not good enough will soon become useless to the student.Students don’t have enough experience to distinguish between a bad piano and their own lack of ability.When a piano’s action can’t be regulated to the correct touch, or its strings tuned to a harmonious sound, the student, unable to duplicate what was taught in a lesson, will become frustrated and discouraged, and will lose interest.Spinets, which are 36" to 40" high, have a recessed, or “drop,” action that is connected to the keys with long “stickers” of wood or metal.
For these reasons, I would encourage the financially able family to look at good-quality new pianos, or better used pianos no more than 15 years old.
And with a young talented student, moving up to a quality grand is never a mistake.
If an older piano is chosen, it should be one that was of good quality to begin with, and has been restored to like-new condition.
Most pianos that are a century old and have not been discarded will need extensive restoration before they can be useful to the student, but few are worth enough to have such work performed on them.
Many have difficulty holding a tuning, and/or desperately need new strings, hammers, dampers, or pedal repairs — or all of the above.