Here are some tips on how to confidently buy a used piano:

Do your research.

Before you start shopping, learn as much as you can about different types of pianos, brands, and prices. This will help you narrow down your choices and make an informed decision. There are quite a few websites dedicated to learning about pianos in general.  I find using the companies’ websites most helpful because you will find the most recent information and specifications there. They may even have some insight on how to confidently buy a used piano.

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Investigate how to confidently buy a used piano

Set a budget.

It’s important to set a budget before you start shopping so that you don’t overspend or so that you at least have a target price in mind. When dealing with a reputable dealer such as R. Kassman they will factor in the cost of tuning, moving, and maintenance. However, if you are buying from an individual you should factor in those costs when setting your budget. You can also find information at – Remember that you are reading one person’s opinion and not necessarily statements of fact.

Find a reputable dealer like R. Kassman Piano in Berkeley.

When buying a used piano, it’s essential to find a reputable dealer or seller who can provide you with a warranty and service. This will help protect you in case there are any problems with the piano after you buy it. R. Kassman will handle your first tuning, set up delivery

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A Reputable Piano Dealer Since 1979

and trade-ins, etc.  We will also go out of our way to be sure you are happy with your piano.

Inspect the piano carefully

When you’re inspecting a used piano, look for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Pay attention to the keys, the action, the soundboard, and the finish. If you see anything that concerns you, ask the dealer or seller about it. R. Kassman does their best to be fully transparent with this information and often people have questions that they don’t even realize they should be asking.  We try to cover those “unasked” questions in the sales process.

Get a professional opinion

If you’re not sure whether a used piano is in good condition, it’s a good idea to get a professional opinion from a trained piano technician. A piano technician can inspect the piano and give you their opinion on its condition and value. You can also find a trained and qualified technician at PTG.ORG

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How to confidently buy a used piano

Here are some additional tips to keep in mind when confidently buying a used piano:

  • Look for a piano that has been well-maintained. A well-maintained piano will last longer and be in better condition than a piano that has been neglected.
    Well Maintained Used Steinway

    Well Maintained Piano

  • Consider the size of the piano. Make sure the piano is the right size for your space.
  • Ask about the history of the piano. Find out how old the piano is and how it has been used. Dealers like R. Kassman should have this information at hand when asking those questions.
  • Be prepared to negotiate. The asking price is not always the final price. Be prepared to negotiate with the dealer or seller to get the best possible deal. R. Kassman will work with you to find the perfect piano that fits your budget, lifestyle, and decor.
    Negotiating Piano Prices

    Prepare To Negotiate

Accordingly, be upfront about your expectations so the dealer or salesperson can have a general idea of exactly what you are looking for.  How to buy a used piano along with anything that is used can come with some angst. However, the good news is, if you know how to buy a used piano it will help in the process. Avoid the “if you buy it today” sales jargon that often leads people into a disappointing “after-sale” experience.

Buying a piano whether it is new or used should be an exciting and fun experience.


Often salespeople can turn this experience sour because of pressure tactics and unfair practices. My sincere theory of buying a piano is that it is very similar to finding a spouse, if your initial experience is not pleasant and somewhat fun, walk away and don’t go on a second date “just because” …… Cherish the memories and enjoy the journey.

Enjoy the Memories

Enjoy The Memories And The Journey

Since 1979, R. Kassman Piano has represented the finest European Pianos on the planet.

Today the philosophy of selling pianos has remained the same: Find the right piano for the customer and offer the lowest price possible for the best instrument possible.  So, if you are looking for a local piano store in the Bay Area we are your choice. We sell new, used, and rebuilt acoustic pianos. Our specialty is making our customers happy that they chose us among the many piano dealers in the area.