Don't Accept a "Free" Piano

Very few people give away pianos that are worth even a small amount of money.  Instead, most want to avoid paying the disposal cost (~$200) for a musically useless piano, or one that needs extensive repair.  In truth, some may think they’re doing you a favor, but they’re not.  

Bottom line: the vast majority of these pianos belong in a junkyard, not your living room. 

And due to the cost of pickup and delivery alone, they’re never free

If the piano is salvageable, it may need a pitch raise, action regulation, hammer voicing/shaping, and minor repairs.  The combined cost of all the above can be $1,000 or more.  If it’s quite old, which is typical for a giveaway piano, the sound quality after the work is completed is likely to be very poor.

If the piano is a complete wreck internally, fixing it will cost more than a new budget piano of the same size and type.

The absolute worst thing you can do is saddle a musically enthusiastic child with a bad piano with one or more of the following problems:

  • an unpleasant tone
  • a key action that plays unevenly or malfunctions
  • notes that unintentionally overlap due to faulty string dampers
  • will not hold a tune, making everything the child plays sound horrible

Instead, buy them a digital piano with 88 velocity-sensitive full-size keys and a damper pedal.

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