Find a Piano
Some parents are hesitant to make the investment of purchasing an acoustic piano because of the cost, not having enough space or the fear that their child may lose interest in music. These obstacles are common among parents and sadly many children miss the opportunity to learn music for such reasons. The good news is that you have options that are available for you to succeed!
Electric / Digital
In today’s age, technology is everywhere including music. There are many types of digital keyboards but it is important to understand your goals before making a decision. Do you plan to just play music in a band or would you like to perform classical music at concerts? If you are leaning towards difficult performances then I would advise you to stay away from anything digital. The keys on most keyboards are not weighted and feel completely different than a real piano. This hinders proper development in finger strength, tone and technique. For young children, all of the many buttons are easy distractions that take away precious practice time and withhold them from a proper education. There are many more reasons to avoid digital keyboards but if you insist on one because of the price then make sure it has 88 Weighted Keys. Prices usually run between $500-$2000 depending on the brand but you should be able to find a good electric keyboard on Amazon or at any local music store like Guitar Center or Sam Ash.
Learning on a real acoustic piano ensures the best musical education. Are you looking to invest in a piano but not sure what to look for? There are three main types of Pianos; Concert Grand Piano (11 feet), Baby Grand (5 feet), Upright Piano (2 feet). Different models will vary in size but a few good brands are Baldwin, Bechstein, Fazioli, Kawai, Steinway, and Yamaha. You may be able to find one of these from a neighbor selling their piano online through Facebook or other apps. There is a risk that the instrument may be damaged so a safer alternative would be to visit your local piano store. Some piano dealers even offer “renting” a piano for around $50 a month! There are many piano stores in South Florida that offer great quality pianos and to facilitate the process of purchasing a piano I have put together the following list of Piano Retail Stores in the areas of Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Delray, and Jupiter. Make sure to mention JM PIANO for special offers!
Steinway Piano Gallery
7940 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33487
The unique tone and feel of a Steinway make these pianos a favorite among musicians. At the Boca Raton gallery, you will find new and used Essex, Boston and Steinway Pianos. Many people think you need to spend a fortune to afford a Steinway but the prices here can be just as competitive as other dealers so make sure you swing by and you might find a great deal. If you are looking for the best piano around, Steinway is the best in town.
Bobb’s Pianos & Organs
1583 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Bobb’s Pianos & Organs is known as the largest piano dealer in South Florida. This family-owned piano gallery has been around for over 3 generations and provides pianos for many schools and concerts. It is the largest store you will find with over 100 new and used pianos to choose from. They also offer a monthly rental program for those who would like to try it before you buy it. Swing by and find the piano that feels right for you!
Chafin Music Center
608 N Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth, FL 33460
Chafin is one of the smallest local music stores but it has been around for over 60 years! It offers a decent selection of pre-owned pianos at negotiable prices. They even have a program where you can rent an acoustic piano before making an investment. I recommend this store for any parent who wants to “test” and see if their child is ready for music lessons.
Hamilton Piano Co.
2525 Old Okeechobee Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
The Hamilton Piano Company is not your typical piano store but more of a piano factory. They have a warehouse full of used and refurbished pianos and they even make custom pianos. You can find many great deals and they even offer piano moving services as well as piano tuning. Learn how theinstrument is made and leave with an instrument to learn.