Looking for a budget-conscience upright piano?
1. Just because a piano store can sell old, worn-out pianos, doesn’t mean they should.
2. Most times it’s in the store’s financial best interest to sell a worn-out old upright but not in your best musical interest.
Here at Steinway Piano Gallery, we care about your musical success. Many pianos other stores sell pianos that should be “retired” and not placed in a learning environment. Just because the keys work, make a sound or even look nice, does not make them a good instrument or a good purchase.
Consider the following from our FAQ page:
“Is acoustic always better than digital?”
Yes! • A HIGH QUALITY acoustic piano provides an experience that even a quality digital piano has difficulty reproducing. These are rarely found used on the market. They are purchase by those that play or are committed to playing the piano for a long time. If found, they are generally quite old and may not be the best value/option or if newer will not fall in the lower-end price range.
No! • An ENTRY LEVEL acoustic piano may have limited sound quality and limited action play-ability and at the very most be equal to buying a quality digital piano.
No! • A POOR QUALITY acoustic piano can be more of a detriment than a help and in most cases a worse choice than a quality digital piano.
1.) The feel and sound of a quality digital piano is above that of older, poor quality pianos and many times equal to or above new entry level pianos.
2.) If budget/investment is a concern, poor quality pianos and lower entry level pianos usually require more tuning and upkeep. This is a cost that many first time buyers may not understand nor desire to commit to. Without this CONSTANT ATTENTION, a quality digital piano is a much better choice because it requires little to no maintenance.
3.) Quality digital pianos also provide the added benefit of using headphones.
4.) A quality digital piano is much different than a keyboard. Just because it has weighted keys does not mean it is quality. Quality digital pianos are not sold at big box stores and are reserved to be sold at piano stores by the manufacturer.
If you are looking for a piano under $1500-2,000, most times a digital piano is a better option.
Here are a couple options we have in that price range:
SIMPLE RECORDING, MORE SOUNDS & LARGER SPEAKER SYSTEM
The pure feel of the piano. You will forget that you are playing a digital instrument, with its AiR sound production, authentic timbre and richly detailed string resonance reproduction. The lesson function “Concert Play” allows to play the piano part with orchestra accompaniment. This pleasure with the piano for purists culminates with the option of opening the AP-460’s piano lid and just as with a grand piano enjoying a completely spatial sound experience.
SIMPLE RECORDING, SEVERAL SOUNDS
The AP-260 marks the entry point into multidimensional AiR-sound synthesis and at the same time into the authentic expressiveness and the natural sound quality of the CELVIANO digital piano. With 18 new tones and the new “Concert Play” function, music making becomes a real experience on this first-class cabinet pianoforte. The elegant design is emphasized by the “Ivory Touch” keyboard with its ebony and ivory finish. A must-have for the ambitious beginner.