ACQUIRING A PIANO
Students are required to have an acoustic piano within the first six months of study.
A digital piano is a workable solution for beginners, but wholly inadequate for developing quality
technique and true musicality. If you do purchase a keyboard for the initial study period, it needs
to be full-size, with weighted keys.
I recommend the Steinway rent-to-own program. Their Essex and Boston lines are affordable
student-level instruments (c.$80/month), which can later be traded in for full credit.
Betsy Hirsch: 212-332-0131 BHirsch@steinway.com
Steinway also have factory sales several times a year, where you may a good used instrument they previously received as a
Everyone needs an adjustable, comfortable bench, and a footstool until the child is tall enough to reach the floor.
An unbalanced sitting position at an incorrect height makes proper technique impossible.
Beethoven Pianos (NYC) also have a rental program. B Natural Pianos in Rockaway, NJ are worth the trip- excellent prices and a 10 year warranty. You can also find some nice things on pianomart.com
When purchasing a used instrument, check out the brand/model descriptions and standard price range in Larry Fine’s ‘The Piano Book”. This is the equivalent of “The Blue Book” for cars: http://www.pianobuyer.com/pianobook.html
It is always worth getting the objective opinion of an independent, registered piano technician. This should cost c.$75-100.
They may also know of suitable instruments currently available.
Recommended: Scot Lockhart. 212-489-6171 http://www.happypianotuner.com
Recommended brands: Baldwin, Boston, Cable & Hobart, Chickering, Essex, Everett, Kawai, Steinway, Story & Clark,
Mason & Hamlin, Yamaha.
Brands to avoid: Young Chang, Pearl River, and anything with a fancy Italian name that was not in fact made in Italy.