Do you know what a guitar player has to spend to get a good quality acoustic instrument? Anywhere from $500 to $2000 depending on make and model. Do you know what a piano player looking for a grand piano has to spend to get a similar quality instrument? Anywhere from $5000 to $100,000 and up!
Who has this kind of money? Not the average Joe on the street. No. Grand pianos are beautiful and great sounding but are way out of the price range of the average family. What to do? Well there's the baby grand. Here we have a nice instrument that can be bought used for as little as $2000.
While the sound won't be as full and resonant as the grand piano sound, still, it's worth looking into. Many baby grand pianos have the look and feel of a grand without the high price tag AND they actually fit in your living room. Grand pianos on the other hand are 6 feet in length or more and require substantial space to house them.
If a baby grand piano is too expensive for you, there's the upright piano. This is the choice most take. Why? Because they are relatively inexpensive and take up very little space. Some sound as good as baby grand's depending on make and model. And they have their charm as well. Look to spend anywhere from $1000 to $3000 for a decent piano of this type.
Or you can go digital. Now, digital pianos these days sound as good as the grand pianos they are sampled from but. . . they will never give you the sound you can get from an acoustic instrument. There's just no way a digital piano can capture the many overtones and harmonics that “real" pianos give but, they are quite a deal if that doesn't bother you!
Edward Weiss is a pianist/composer and webmaster of Quiescence Music's online piano lessons . He has been helping students learn how to play piano in the New Age style for over 14 years and works with students in private, in groups, and now over the internet. Stop by now at http://www.quiescencemusic.com/piano_lessons.html for a FREE piano lesson!