Read the below articles to get a full idea of
- Read my Comprehensive piano buyer’s guide which focuses mainly on Yamaha pianos including comparisons between new and used models.
- Read my Yamaha piano price guide for advice about how to get the best piano for your budget.
Some general comments about new vs used pianos
- If you have a fixed budget of £3000-£5000 for example you will get a higher quality model if you buy reconditioned instead of new.
- A new piano costing £3000-£4000 will likely have been made in a “cheap labour” factory. For the same price you can buy a reconditioned professional quality piano that was made in a factory with highly-skilled, well-paid workers.
- New pianos drop in value very quickly. Reconditioned pianos (especially famous brands like Yamaha or Steinway for example) hold their value extremely well.
- New pianos rely on the mining of raw materials and chopping down of trees. Reconditioned pianos have much less impact on our planet.
- A reconditioned professional piano (such as the Yamaha U3) is built with a stronger frame than many new pianos. The reconditioned piano is therefore likely to outlive many new pianos and stay in tune for longer.