An acoustic piano can bring great joy to a household — filling it with music and antiquity. It can also be a cumbersome object that gets in the way and an added household expense. Anyone thinking about investing in a piano has a number of considerations to work through before making a purchase.
Aside from being an attractive show piece, playing acoustic piano can be a relaxing almost transcendent experience.
Music therapy has shown an elevated level of endorphins in musicians while playing their instruments. Practicing can be a meditative exercise and will increase dexterity, focus, and problem solving skills.
The piano is a great instrument for kids as well. Since it is one of the most visual instruments, learning piano at an early age will help a child with cognitive abilities. Children who learn the piano may also have improved discipline, mood stability and social skills.
Pianos are a distinctive choice in multi-functional décor, they make gorgeous back drops for photos, and excellent display spaces. They can also be a sophisticated touch for parties. Having the elegance of live piano music in your home is in its own way a lifestyle.
Although there are many advantages to be had by making this sort of investment, one should also keep in mind that these instruments need care and maintenance, which can unfortunately mean more money.
First, look into the cost and practicality of having a piano in your home; obviously you’re going to need a decent sized space to put the thing. Think seriously about logistics, how much space you can spare and what will actually fit into the
Piano moving can be tricky with corners and small doorways even for professional piano movers. An upfront hassle may not be a make or break factor but it may determine which kind of piano you can get. For most homes as Spinet, Console or Studio are the most practical options. But it will need space that does not get much sun and is free of humidity, as both can do damage to the instrument.
Pianos will need a lot of care and maintenance to remain in optimal condition. Most people will need to have their pianos tuned a minimum of twice a year. This may vary depending on the region you’re living in. For example, people who live in areas where there are extremes in humidity might have to get their pianos tuned more frequently, whereas those who live in more stable climates will not. The average cost of having a piano tuned is around $80, as long as the instrument has been well enough maintained. But a piano tuner or technician will be able to spot problems during a routine tuning. If you’ve bought a piano used, chances are it will need at least a tuning at the time of purchase, and possibly an action adjustment as well.
Experienced players can easily tell the difference in “feel” between pianos. Sometimes pianos will need some work to get the feel back up to par. Here are some symptoms of a poorly kept piano that might need some adjustment:
- Sticky keys (a feeling of having to strike a key harder to get the same tone as the other keys)
- Uneven height in the keys
- Hearing a “double strike” or a blubbering noise after hitting a key once
- Not being able to repeat a note quickly
- Squeaks, clicks or other noises that are heard in the pedals or keys.
Once you’ve managed the cost and assessed the practicality of owning a piano, there are many benefits to be enjoyed Buying a piano is indeed an important decision as they don’t run cheap, and are high maintenance household items. But for many musicians at heart, the beauty and artistic appeal of the instrument is truly invaluable.
Jade is frequent writer for uShip the transport marketplace featuring piano movers around the country. Jade has been writing and blogging for a number of years on home décor, practical living and many other topics.