I’m confused about what to buy as a beginner’s piano for my daughter to start her lessons on – I don’t want to spend too much in case she doesn’t take to the piano.
There is very rarely a good instrument to be had for two or three hundred pounds which is the sum most people have in mind when thinking of a ‘beginner’s piano’. Such instruments will most probably be straight strung, overdampers from the 1920’s or 30’s – the budget pianos of their day. They were often bought as ‘furniture’ to show to the world how cultured the family was and will be found lacking in tone and touch. After the novelty of having a piano has passed, your daughter may be put off piano playing for life! A good piano must not be seen as something which can be acquired for next to nothing, rather as an investment in your child’s future musical career, even if she barely progresses from ‘Chopsticks’. It would be a far better idea to spend a little more on a really good instrument which, if bought wisely, will maintain its value if or when your daughter decides to switch to the clarinet. Why not make friends with a trusted piano tuner before you make your purchase and get some valuable advice? He will be able to look over prospective purchases and may even know of a good piano available for sale within your budget. However, his best advice will probably be to spend as much as you can afford.