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Why Are Pianos Very Expensive

12 Jun 2023

Pianos can add joy to any happy life with their music. However, most homes do not have them because of their expensive cost. If you’re in the market for a new piano, you know the high price of high-quality pianos. A low-end upright can cost as little as $3,000, and some high-end uprights can cost as much as $25,000. Grand pianos can cost up to $190,000, making them among the priciest keys available. Pianos are more expensive than many other instruments available on the market. This is because the piano’s construction can take up to nine months and uses many high-quality materials. Here are some of the causes of some pianos’ higher prices.

Brand of The Piano

A piano’s price may vary depending on the brand. Some manufacturers have become well-known for producing high-quality pianos that please customers and are used in live performances. Bechstein, Bluthner, Steinway & Sons, Stuart & Sons, Bösendorfer, and Baldwin are a few of the priciest brands. Although Yamaha and Kawai may not be considered luxury piano brands, they can still create durable and high-quality pianos. For many pianists, investing in a piano from a reputable manufacturer is preferred over opting for a cheaper alternative.

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The type of materials used to build a piano can greatly affect its sound quality. This contains the keyboard, strings, and action elements. The construction of some piano brands, like Steinway, Yamaha Piano, Kawai piano, and Brodmann, to mention a few, uses exceptionally delicate woods. For instance, Steinway builds from Alaskan spruce and Canadian maple wood. The wood is taken from very particular places, and the original planting site is frequently replanted. For most pianos, the trees must be a certain age and level of readiness. The piano’s exterior shell contains the vast majority of wood. Depending on how thick the case is, this alone may increase costs. The thicker shells are typically seen on pianos with rich, well-balanced sounds, such as Steinways, Bosendorfers, and Yamahas. Therefore, the price is higher.


Action Part

Regarding pianos, every part matters – from the cast iron frames to the finest wool felts, veneers, hard rock maple, and inner action components. Since these instruments are considered high-end investments, customers expect nothing but the best quality materials to be used. There are more than 12,000 different parts in a piano! The majority of those are found during the action part Keyboard, hammers, rail pins, pistons, dampers, and other devices are all part of the action. Wood, felt, brass, and copper metal are used to make many components. Depending on the type of metal used, a whole set of piano strings can cost anywhere from $300 to $500. Steel strings are on the more expensive end of the range, whereas copper metal is typically the less expensive option. 


Pianos are built by skilled craftspeople who have been in business for a while. More expensive instruments are made with considerable care, with the materials chosen and handled to match the caliber of the instrument. Therefore, this excellent workmanship comes at a cost, which is terrible for our cash, but it also comes with bragging rights. 

The Piano Is Made to Last

The piano is made to last. Once you buy one, it’s likely to be your final purchase of that kind. An excellent grand piano can serve its owner for more than 50 years. The piano will require rebuilding once it does begin to suffer from significant wear and tear. Rebuilds are expensive, but they are nothing compared to the initial outlay. The soundboard and outside shell should not require repairs if adequately cared for. The only thing that has to be done is to change the action, keys, and other portions that require redoing. A piano is a piece of equipment that can be bought by one generation and then passed down. 

Status Symbol

Everyone agrees that pianos are sophisticated. No matter whether the homeowners can play the piano or not, we’ll be shocked if you can discover a luxury property that doesn’t also have a piano inside. Therefore, the piano has your back for just a few thousand buckaroos if you’re searching for something to raise your social class or standing.

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