Piano quality is often closely linked to the value of your investment. The reputation and good name of the maker are also important criteria to consider.
The price of an upright or grand piano varies enormously depending on whether you choose a prestigious brand that produces a small number of instruments each year or a mass-produced brand. The difference in price between two pianos generally comes down to its country of origin, quality of workmanship, price of labour, quality of components, and the care with which each is assembled and finished.
At Pianos Bolduc, all our pianos are meticulously prepared by André Bolduc.
Here are a few recommendations if you plan to purchase a new or pre-owned piano.
When shopping for a piano, verify the credibility of the retailer. Get information on the number of years the salesperson has been selling pianos. Check the seriousness of the team, the existence of a repair department, the after-sale service personnel, the reputation of the store with local music schools. Visit their web site.
Be vigilant if the salesperson sets private visits on appointment. This causes the buyer to be in a vulnerable position and the sales person in a controlling position. It is always better to shop in a regular piano store with normal opening hours. Protect yourself.
Pay attention to the prices displayed on the pianos. If there are no price labels, you should be very careful. The Quebec Consumers Protection Law Office de la protection du consommateur mentions that prices have to be displayed on all articles for sale in a public store. If not, this practice is illegal.
Do not trust certain magazines which do not always evaluate pianos at their fair value. If the magazine sells ad inserts, there is a possibility that certain manufacturers may have practiced certain pressures to see their piano in a better valuation. Be alert.
Be careful if you consider buying an European piano. Many European manufacturers have their pianos made in Asia and then assembled in their factory to keep the costs low. Assembling their piano in their own factory allows them to affix their name. So, you are buying an Asian piano at the price of an European piano. This instrument might be of fair quality. Only you are probably paying the wrong price. These pianos generally have very beautiful cabinets – the cosmetic is immaculate. Nevertheless, the structure and the elements used to build the piano are of poor quality. The general quality, the durability and the market value are not what you expect.
The majority of European pianos are influenced by our difficult north-American climate. Sadly, many new pianos 3 or 4 years old already show cracked soundboards. Many of these pianos are equipped with pressed wood panels and assembled with the biscuit method. This does not correspond to high quality level and these cabinets are often fragile when moved. They do not represent a safe investment.
The pin block (which holds the tension of the 240 strings) is often a low priced ‘’delignit’’ style which sells for about one tenth of the price of a quality pin block. These low priced pin blocks do not last long. If a piano does not hold its tune, it is of no interest to the pianist.