How much does a piano cost? Pianos are beautiful instruments that produce wonderful music – when put into the hands of an accomplished musician, of course! If you're into Elton John, wanting to take up a musical instrument, or have a curiosity about the 88s, you might be wondering how much is costs to have your very own piano.
There are a few factors to consider when getting a piano:
- Who is the piano for? Yourself, your husband or wife, son, daughter, entire family, relative?
- Why you are getting the piano? To take lessons, as a household ornament, family heirloom, upcoming wedding?
- The amount of space in your house, condo, or apartment for the piano.
- Who is going to take care of the piano? It must be regularly tuned and polished.
Half-sized keyboards with training software, which are good for learning piano on, can cost you anywhere from $200 to $250. Digital keyboards with all 88 keys can cost you anywhere from $500 to $2,000, depending upon the manufacturer. Yamaha is a particularly good brand, as is Casio.
Upright pianos often sell for $1,000 to $1,900, depending upon the manufacturer. Console and studio models, however, often sell for $2,000 or more.
Grand pianos are the handsome style used to decorate living rooms, though they are not cheap. They come in three sizes: baby grand (less than six feet long), grand (six feet to nine feet in length) and concert grand (over nine feet in lengths). Baby grand pianos start at $4,000 to $5,000 or so. Grand pianos range in price from $10,000 to $50,000. Concert grand pianos range in price from $30,000 on up – sometimes up to, and over, $100,000!
These prices, of course, reflect current (2010) retail values. That said, there are other avenues that allow you to have pianos at much-reduced prices.
First, consider getting a piano by doing a search on Craigslist, where great bargains are at hand twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You can also search through the ads of your local newspaper, or through the Thrifty Nickel, a chain of free advertising newspapers distributed throughout the U.S.
Second, keep your eyes out like a vulture for music stores that are going out of business or are about to go out of business. Due to the downturn in the economy, many people are not purchasing musical instruments, especially higher-priced ones like pianos. If a piano store, for instance, is about to go out of business, the store owner might be offering his remaining inventory at greatly reduced prices That baby grand piano, after which you might have been lusting, might not cost you the original $4,000 that it was tagged, but perhaps $1,000 or less! This is a buyer's market, especially for someone in the market for a musical instrument.
Happy music to you!