"Have you decided on the brand that you want to buy for your piano?"
" Probably Yamaha?"
"Wow, isn't that brand super expensive?"
"Well I can get a second-hand one. Plus there are many piano types and models with different prices."
Even if you have set your mind on getting a Yamaha piano, it's always good to take some time to explore various piano types and compare their price range.
What Are Some Yamaha Piano Types That You Can Get in Malaysia?
Yamaha pianos have a long lasting legacy across the globe and the brand is famous for its skillful craftmanship and its innovation across different piano types. Do you know that they even have a hybrid piano series?
But for now, we'll be looking at the key characteristics of the most common piano types first.
- Known as the electronic piano
- Can be played in a small or big space (Portable)
- The volume adjustment is flexible (silent/full blast MIDI)
- Does not to be manually tuned
- Some piano models do not have pedals, but they normally have three pedals
- Least expensive among these three piano types
- Known as the vertical piano
- Strings in the piano are arranged vertically to create a compact effect
- Best played in a smaller space
- Produce a smaller sound than the grand piano
- Needs to be manually tuned
- Has 3 pedals (soft pedal to reduce the sound volume , practice pedal, damper pedal)
- Second most expensive among these three piano types
- Known as the horizontal piano
- Strings in the piano are arranged horizontally, holding on to the original shape of the piano forte
- Best played in a bigger space , which allows for greater sound expression
- Produce the larger sound than the upright piano
- Needs to be manually tuned
- Has 3 pedals (shift pedal pedal to reduce the sound volume and make slight changes to the tone, sostenuto pedal to sustain only certain notes and damper pedal)
- Most expensive among these three piano types
You can read further to know the price range of Yamaha pianos in the market.
What Type of Grand Pianos Is Worth Buying?
If you are considering purchasing a grand piano, here's what you should start doing first.
a) Research the types, brands and models
Most people are unaware that there are 6 key grand piano types instead of a one size fits all grand piano type.
The piano types are arranged in ascending order according to their size as shown in the list below.
- Petite grand piano
- Baby grand piano [Most bought grand piano for home use]
- Medium grand piano
- Professional grand piano
- Semi-concert grand piano
- Concert grand piano [Largest size and volume production]
Note that different grand piano types have different price ranges, sizes (The norm is that the bigger the piano, the pricier it is) and even shapes. So be sure to check them out.
b) Figure out the WHY behind your intention of buying a grand piano
Are you an aspiring professional pianist who plans to get a grand piano for your personal studio?
Or are you a music director who is looking for the right grand piano for the students and teachers of your music institution to be placed at a concert hall?
Or are you simply just mesmerized by the majestic sound of the grand piano?
Regardless of the reasons you may have, rest assured that there is always a right pick.
c) Make your final choice according to your budget, sound and size preference
Another element that you should take into account is the difference in sound that is produced by the grand piano. This is related to the size of the piano and also the brand of the piano manufacturer.
Remember to have several rounds of sound testing on different grand pianos and ask for a second opinion if you're still unsure.
Once you are satisfied with an acceptable price range, sound quality and grand piano size, you can pretty much order your desired grand piano.
You can review the price of different grand piano models in Malaysia here.
What To Pay Attention to When Buying Second-Hand Pianos?
You don't have to be overwhelmed by the price list of grand pianos and brand new piano types. You can still play well with a good quality second-hand piano.
In fact, many second-hand pianos in the local market look and sound as good as new after a thorough refurbishing and repairing process.
All you need to do is take note of these 3 important points when you're reviewing a second-hand piano.
a) Current condition
Whether it is a used acoustic piano (upright piano, grand piano) or a digital piano, be sure to check if there are any scratches, loose parts inside the piano, damaged strings, hammers, defects on the piano keys, or cracks on the soundboard.
For acoustic pianos, you can also need to check if all the three pedals (left- the soft pedal, middle- the sostenuto pedal, right-the the damper pedal) are working well. When you're talking to the seller, you can also ask about the history of the piano (when was it manufactured ) and understand the previous maintenance work done.
Also, do check if all the piano keys are well maintained by looking at their colour and see if there are any moulds in between them.
b) Sound quality
No matter how nice a piano look, it means nothing if it does not produce a good, clear sound. As you press the black and white keys, notice if the keys are well-tuned and not off-key. As a potential buyer, you have the right to ask if the piano has been tuned thoroughly.
If you are not sure if you're listening correctly due to lack of experience, you can bring along someone who is well trained in playing the piano for sound judgement during the test playing session.
c) Fitting price plus after-sales care
This is perhaps the final reason that determines the deciding factor if there's a wide selection of second-hand pianos for you to choose from.
Let's take a look at this secondhand pianos price range table and after-sales benefits on BuyPianoMalaysia.com, as an example.
|Secondhand Piano Model||Price Range|
|Yamaha LU90PM Upright Piano||RM4800|
|Kawai BL11 Upright Piano||RM8600|
|Yamaha G2 Baby Grand Piano||RM18,990|
|Kawai KG2C Grand Piano||RM26,000|
The benefits that you can enjoy as you finalised your purchase include:
- Free shipping within Klang Valley (super convenient!!)
- Free piano cover
- Keyboard cover
- Pedal cover
- Free tuning (super important!!)
It's pretty worth it if you ask us.
Get your hands on this list of budget-friendly secondhand pianos.
Where To Get High Quality Digital Piano Near You?
Don't worry if you are only looking for a simple digital piano instead of an acoustic piano. It's actually way easier to find one that is cost-effective.
a) Music instrument stores
You can find a brand new and cheap digital piano at any music store near you.
Here is an example of list of price list when it comes to digital pianos of various brands. Do remember that different piano models of the same brand may have different price due to different features.
|Digital Piano Model||Price|
b) Local piano manufacturer branches
Another way to purchase a good digital piano is through direct music manufacturer outlets like Yamaha and Kawai.
You can refer to the list below for all the Kawai digital piano series, as a reference.
|Kawai Digital Piano Series||Price Range|
c) Online platforms (pre-loved/brand new options)
If budget is your main priority, you can explore many online platforms through social media, e-commerce sites and even Carousell to search for good quality second-hand digital pianos.
You'll be shocked to find many pre-loved digital pianos that are below RM5000 or even RM2000 depending on their models and years of manufacturing.
In the meantime, don't forget to check out the price of other digital pianos here.
Where To Get A Budget-Friendly Piano Tutor Near You?
After securing a good piano buying deal, you might want to continue this streak as you look for someone who can provide you with personalised guidance.
Maybe you're preparing for an important concert performance, maybe you want to surprise someone special with their favourite song, maybe you just want to pick up the piano again after several years.
Not sure where to find a reliable and affordable piano tutor?
Follow our lead and head to Superprof, a platform that connects learners and tutors of various subjects around the globe.
Through Superprof, you can discover 9820 piano tutors across Malaysia.
You can also set the maximum budget of your hourly rate and preferred location when you're browsing the tutors' profiles. Let's say you prefer to have a lesson that is RM60 per hour near Seremban.
By indicating this information, you will be directed to all the tutors near you that offer lessons around this price range.
Don't forget that your piano lessons are also customized according to your personal requests, current learning level and learning pace.
For example, if you only want to focus on learning classical and complex pieces from Beethoven and Chopin and improve your sight-reading, you can discuss this with your tutor beforehand so that he or she can prepare the relevant learning materials for you. Likewise, if you are only aiming for short term lessons to master a pop song, it's also workable.
We hope you found this article to have a better understanding of the price range of various piano types in Malaysia and inspire you to play the piano with great joy.
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