Find the Piano You'll Love Forever!



Finding a piano that you'll love for a lifetime
can be quite difficult, especially when
you don't know what you're looking for.
Akron Music Stow's Piano Matchmaker
service matches you with the piano that fits
your needs and budget.

Music Tip
Below is a list of different situations. Choose the one that best describes what you are looking for. After each situation is a list of pianos that we would suggest for you. Clicking on one of the names will jump you to a description of that type of piano at the bottom of this page. Once you read the description, you'll be given a link which will jump you back up to the situations again.

Each situation also offers you a solution or a phone number to call. Feel free to call us collect. We'll be happy to except you call as long as you say the word "Net" after your name when prompted by the operator. Our phone number is (330) 688-0006.

No matter which one you choose, please be aware that if a piano cannot hold tune, then it is useless. Pianos should be tuned on a regular basis -- at least once per year. If you're looking to buy a used piano, be sure to ask for a tuning record.



CHOOSE THE SITUATION WHICH BEST DESCRIBES YOUR NEEDS

-- I need a piano for a beginning child ages 4 to 16 --
Check your local dealer for a rental piano in one of the following styles:
|
Spinet | Console | Studio |


-- I need a piano for a beginning adult --
Check you local dealer for a rental piano in one of the following styles:
| Spinet | Console | Studio |


-- I need a piano for both a beginning child and an adult --
Call (330) 945-6200 collect for prices on the following styles:
| Console | Studio |


-- I need a piano for an experienced child or adult --
Call (330) 688-0006 collect for the prices on the following styles:
| Studio | Professional Studio | Baby Grand |


-- I need a piano for a gifted child (scolarship potential) --
Call (330) 688-0006 collect for the prices on the following styles:
| Baby Grand | Grand |


THE FOUR PRIMARY TYPES OF PIANOS





Spinets - A spinet piano is 35 - 40 inches tall. There are very, very few companies who make new spinet pianos these days. The reason for that is because spinet pianos use what is called "indirect blow action." To make the spinet shorter, the key goes through more steps before it strikes the string. For that reason, you get less power and acuracy -- what is called "lost motion." We compare spinets to four cylinder cars -- if you're serious about getting somewhere, a spinet will be too slow. You can expect to pay between $500 and $1,200 for a used spinet piano.

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Consoles - A console piano is 41 - 44-1/2 inches tall. The console piano is America's number one piano size -- and for good reasons. Unlike a spinet piano, the console uses "direct blow action," making it faster, more responsive, and easier to play. We would compare this to an eight cylinder car -- you'll have to power you need. Console pianos are also quite affordable, and are widely available in both used and new models. You can expect to pay $900 - $1,800 for a use console piano, and $1,800 - $4,000 for a new console piano.

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Studios - Studio pianos are 45 - 47-1/2 inches tall. They are for those of you who are serious about playing piano. Studios similar to console pianos becuase they have "direct blow actions," but some may be accelerated, adding springs that increase the speed of the keys. This is like adding "turbo" to your eight cylinder car. Studios also add supports to the bottom of the piano called "toe-blocks." Toe-blocks stablize the sound board (which holds the strings), and makes studio pianos easier to move. Used studio pianos are priced between $1,400 and $3,500, while new studios are from $2,800 to $5,800.

Professional Studio Pianos are taller versions of the regular studio. They have longer stings, giving them a bigger, grand-like sound.

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Grands - The baby grand piano can be anywhere from 4'8" to 7' deep. Most people prefer the 4'8" to 5'6" babby grands -- they fit best in today's homes, and still have that great "grand look." The grand piano is based on the original piano invented by Christofori in Italy. The piano action of a grand is powered by the natural form of gravity and is the most accurate hammer strike, in most cases. New baby grands sell for $6,000 to $20,000. Beware of most used baby grands. In most cases, they are destroyed by the time the original owner wants to get rid of them. In the rare instance that you are able to find a used baby grand in decent shape, you can expect to pay between $3,000 and $5,000.

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