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Recommend me an upright piano please?

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GuyMartinsSideburns · 17/02/2016 09:41

Hello I'm looking for some advice/recommendations please!

Last night I had my first piano lesson and I loved it. Came home absolutely buzzing with excitement and I would've loved to have been able to sit and have a practise but I don't have a piano yet.

I'd like a full length/size piano but I don't know where to start! I have plenty of room in the dining room for an upright so no problem there. It's more that I don't know the different makes and models and what would be good for a beginner but also be something I wouldn't need to upgrade. I think I would like an actual piano rather than a digital one but I imagine there is more upkeep involved re tuning etc.

I've seen loads of wonderful looking pianos on eBay but of course I know it is about what's inside and I don't know what I'm looking for - what makes a good piano etc, also if work needed doing to one I don't know what I'd be looking at price-wise to afford the refurbishments.

I will of course be going to my local music shop and talking there but any pointers would be most appreciated. Sorry for the rambling and no knowledge of correct terminology!

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DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen · 28/04/2016 16:24

I have a weighted Yamaha digital piano, full keyboard and I love it. If you have neighbours they will love it too Wink

unlucky83 · 19/05/2016 09:44

I was advised to get a digital piano - 88 weighted keys - I got a Korg that cost about £400 ish. Someone told me you are better with a digital piano than an out of tune or badly made/cheap 'real' piano and they are good enough to get you up to a reasonable grade. And it has all the advantages of headphones etc so noise isn't an issue and they don't need specialist movers etc. I know you aren't but If you are pushed for space you can get a folding stand and keep it under a bed (although I think you need to keep it out as then DCs see it and will use it! I have a wooden stand and it is permanently out...
I didn't get a more expensive digital one in case DCs lost interest -so far they haven't but I haven't managed to get them lessons yet - piano teachers around here are like gold dust Sad. DD1 has an ear for music and can work out how to play things (like the Harry potter music) and will sit at it just playing around.
If I ever need to I'll upgrade. I was also advised against second hand digital pianos unless they are the type that gigging musicians can't use - apparently they can get damaged inside being moved around and it isn't always immediately apparent.

Jenijena · 19/05/2016 09:49

I would definitely talk to a piano tuner. They'll want your business for years to come so aren't going to get you a dud...

user1467221109 · 29/06/2016 18:58

Hi there! You could try looking for pianos for sale online. I’m sure you’ll find one there that suits your skill level and are also very affordable. Good luck in looking for one. And also, enjoy learning how to play the piano! Smile

user1467221184 · 29/06/2016 19:21

For me, looking for pianos for sale is the best way to look for a piano to buy. Maybe try searching for a good upright piano, that’s always a good piano to start on. Good luck! Smile

Ferguson · 29/06/2016 20:26

I came across this US company recently, and they do a huge range of electronics, and interfacing with computers via MIDI is a whole new world!:

uk.m-audio.com/products/browse/category/keyboards-and-controllers

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