Pianos are manufactured in two ways. The important difference between pianos is the amount of time spent in assembling the various parts into the case and bringing individual instruments up to their final tone quality. Pianos manufactured in this traditional manner may take from nine months to a year to put on the finishing touches. Workers throughout the generations of piano builders were taught the ways and techniques of their trade by the elder craftsmen - it was the only way - because until just recently there existed no blueprints showing how the best pianos were built. Each craftsman uses only his own un powered hand tools on "his" piano - beginning its life and seeing it to finished construction. Each piano reflects the ability and tonal ideas of its maker. This is why pianos of the same model and make all sound so different from each other.

This advice and data for buying a piano comes from the, "Buyer’s Guide to Quality Pianos," prepared by the Bluebook of Pianos for The National Piano Institute. The booklet also provides technical information such as structural details, tuning and how to judge tone. Diagrams and a glossary of terms are included. The more pianos you sample, the more familiar you’ll grow with your own ideal. Somewhere you have a vision of what only you and only you want in a piano. There's more to a piano than just the brand, type and size. This guide is directed to the interests and guidance of the prospective piano buyer, it is an objective, non-slanted, and a third party approach which can serve to reinforce a consumer’s interest in a piano. This is no bull and is not biased in any way. It is based on all fact, not opinion. The public, by its purchases, decides which pianos are the most desirable. According to figures released by the Bureau of the Census of the Department of Commerce the brand names along with the most popular types and sizes are listed by market share are shown in this consumer information report.


Suppose that you plan to buy a piano primarily so that the children can learn to play. You may even have an idea you’d like to learn yourself. You want a reasonably good piano, of course, but you doubt that the purchase of the very finest piano would be justified in your case. Can you safely buy a piano of lower cost? A second school of thought in the piano business says Yes. Below the really standout instruments is a great middle group of fine pianos capable of pleasing all but the most advanced musical tastes. Below these is another group of pianos, perhaps less durable and less perfect musically and mechanically, but still capable of giving satisfactory service. - As a general rule, the most important difference between pianos is the amount of time spent in assembling the various parts into the case and bringing the individual instruments up to their final tone quality. From nine months to a year may be spent on finishing touches for the best pianos. Others may be shipped to dealers the minute they come off the assembly line. Lower-cost pianos are also likely to be made of lower-cost materials and may be more difficult to keep in tune.


The first thing to know, in order to make a wise choice of an instrument, is what you want the piano for. This decision will have a direct bearing on the price and quality of the piano you will finally buy. One school of thought insists that no one should buy anything but the finest piano built. A piano, in this view, - is a lifetime investment, and nothing less than an instrument of complete artistic capabilities is worth purchasing. Obviously, if you are a professional musician or a serious amateur, this is, indeed, the kind of piano for you. The extra cost will not amount to much when spread over the years, and you will have, besides, the dividend of being able to play on something of superior merit.


When shopping for a piano you'll find that dealers don't want to give you price information over the phone. They expect  you to come into the store and hear a sales presentation before prices are given.  If you know what  pianos cost this can make it very difficult when you want to buy. Most buyers want a general idea of the marketplace before they go out shopping because it helps them to make the larger scale decisions like:  "How much money do I want to spend?"  and "What will I get for what I pay?".  If you buy a tip sheet, a piano book will give you a good understanding of what is available for sale and how much it might cost on the high and low side. Based on someone else's opinion. But don't expect anyone to tell you the truth that doesn't have their hand out.