Studio Pianos

Written by Josh Dodes
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Studio pianos are considered by many to be among the trickiest purchases to make in this marketplace. They must meet a particular set of demands rarely placed on the shoulders of less expensive instruments, and they must weather such regular abuse with a consistent soaring tone that lasts for decades. When it comes to investments of this size, studio pianos pose more problems than analogous instruments in other sections of the orchestra.

Because they are purchased more for their hardy constitution and flawless sound than their cosmetic appearance per se, these valuable pieces can be difficult to shop for. Most piano shops won't even carry them, feeling most customers would rather by a shiny new upright than make an investment based on acoustic concerns only. When they do carry these instruments, many salespeople make a habit of inflating their construction rather than giving you the facts straight.

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Thankfully there is an easier way to undertake this taxing process of evaluation and negotiation. Piano services such as those that bring artisans, technicians and musicians under one roof can lend an air of authority to your process as you search for the perfect piece. Many such teams only take a percentage of the money you save, not the money you spend, as commission for their invaluable work.

Investing in a studio piano takes an expert eye and a flawless ear, and though many of us flatter ourselves into thinking we possess such attributes, the fact is they take years of concerted study to master. Do yourself a favor and invest in studio pianos that sound every bit as clean, sweet and full over close-mic'ed digital audio as they does in the store. Your recording artists, and their audiences, will thank you.


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