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Used Pianos at Gist Piano Center

Used Pianos

While buying a used piano can be a good decision, choosing one can be risky. Buy a good, pre-owned instrument and you can enjoy years of trouble-free music making. Buying a piano simply because it's "cheap" and you might be purchasing years of frustration and costly repairs. Take some time to learn about pianos and check our our Piano FAQ.

Buying Used Pianos from Gist Piano Center

Gist Piano Center regularly stocks a diverse selection of used pianos. Each of our pre-owned pianos is inspected by our technicians and certified to be in excellent working condition. We then include a bench, a free tuning and a warranty with each of our pre-owned pianos. We believe that you should receive the same professional service, courtesy and support whether you're buying your very first upright piano or your heirloom Steinway grand.

For a partial online list of our used piano inventory, click here.

Buying Used Pianos from Private Owners

The vast majority of used pianos are very old and have not had the necessary maintenance and tuning. These pianos are often sold "as is" or even given away by private owners via classified ads or internet sites. Before considering one of these instruments, you should contact us and let us send a piano technician to evaluate the instrument you are about to purchase. The small fee we will charge you will save you from a lifetime of frustration and expense. As a rule, if the instrument you are considering requires more than just a tuning and minor adjustments, you should keep looking.

Keep in mind, we get phone calls every day from people who want to sell their pianos. In almost every case, these would-be sellers say their pianos are in "good condition," but rarely is this actually true. Knowing that selecting a poor practice instrument will not only be a costly mistake, but it will also discourage your student and slow his or her progress, it's critical to have a trained expert evaluate any used piano you consider.

Used Pianos to Avoid

The Spinet Piano
The Spinet Piano
(Shorter than 40" tall)
If the piano is less than 40” tall, it is called a “spinet” piano - and you should avoid it. Spinet pianos have a unique “drop action” that makes them slow and sluggish to play. They have little resale value and are not appropriate for beginners.
Upright Grand Piano
The "Upright Grand"
(Taller than 52")
Any piano over 52” tall is likely to be free for anyone daring enough to try and move it. Avoid these pianos! They are over 50 years old, clunky, and impossible to tune or repair. Any replacement parts will have to be made by hand and they have absolutely no resale value.