An upright or grand piano is a secure investment, and a musical partner on which we can focus our emotions in a fast-moving world. A particularly versatile instrument, a piano can adapt to any taste: on your upright or grand, you can play jazz or classical music, rock or pop tunes.
This Piano Guide is intended to help you choose the instrument that best meets your requirements.
The many advantages of playing piano
Playing piano is not only fun – it’s healthy for both the body and mind. It boosts your creativity and helps you to relax. Children and teens who play the piano are more disciplined and learn more easily than those who don’t. According to scientific studies, training the fingers on the keyboard has a positive impact on the brain, even in the elderly. Last but not least, playing the piano can make you a big hit among your friends!
A good investment for the future
You want a piano that is a source of enjoyment for years or even decades thanks to its powerful and colored sound, as well as its pleasant and dynamic touch. One that is solid, made by a reliable manufacturer and provided with a case that meets your expectations. A good piano dealer will be able to recommend an instrument that fulfills all these criteria.
Should I buy a new or second-hand piano?
If you buy a new piano of good quality, you’ll enjoy a precise action that enables a perfectly controlled attack. Moreover, the tensions are optimized in the acoustic assembly of a new piano, which delivers good sound quality and dynamics. All C. Bechstein uprights and grands come with a five-year warranty. “
Second-hand instruments: what to watch out for
There are countless second-hand pianos available on the market, and some will have suffered more wear and tear than others. It’s not easy to determine the precision of the action, the quality of the sound, nor whether it will be possible to regulate and tune the instrument. Moreover, there may be hidden damage due to storage under inappropriate climatic conditions or inexpert repairs. Especially in the case of vintage pianos, the refurbishing costs may well exceed the purchase price.
Make sure the second-hand piano is covered by warranty
You should buy a second-hand piano only from a dealer who provides the instrument with a warranty. And be sure to choose a piano of impeccable quality.
Compared to an upright, a grand piano boasts a superior action, a more comfortable touch, a considerably larger sound volume and better sound modulation possibilities.
How large should my piano be?
Both the touch and the sound volume vary according to the piano’s size. The larger the soundboard, the larger the resonance surface. As a consequence, a larger piano boasts a more profound, more vivid, more voluminous and more powerful voice.
Likewise, the size of the action assembly varies according to the height or length of the piano, so that larger instruments boast a better and more precise touch thanks to more advantageous lever ratios. With regard to the footprint, we suggest that you check the dimensions of the various C. Bechstein models on this website or in the downloadable catalogs to determine whether a grand piano would fit in your living room or music room.
A small but high-quality piano might very well provide a better sound than a larger instrument that is less well made. The quality of the materials and their processing, as well as the excellence of the acoustic assembly make all the difference.
In conclusion, we recommend that you make up your mind whether to purchase a grand or an upright piano only after testing the touch and sound of several instruments and consulting with a qualified reseller.