First, you’ve got the strings. You’ve got strings in the body, in the head, the tremolo, everything, and the cost also depends on quality. The good ones cost between 35,000 and 50,000 bucks, with the mid-priced ones, 50,000 to 60,000 dollars. This isn’t as much as it sounds, but you can be assured that it’s well worth the money, in case you’re looking to have a little more control of the sound.
I have played with instruments costing a hundred thousand that I still don’t like in the least. The quality has taken a hit because everything was made by hand, as though the factory was putting all their eggs in one basket. It all worked out fine during the years before machine technology came along, but if you’re a beginner with no piano experience and a budget around $200, you should start with a guitar or banjo on the cheap–and play a good little jazz album to keep your money alive.
The only piano I personally love is the one I play. However, just like a guitar, I’ve found it’s no use to spend too much on it. It’s much more important to have a good sound out of it, and one shouldn’t spend too much on any single piano unless they are spending a fortune on one in the first place–which is not nearly as common and is far more common with low-cost instruments, like the piano. I love my new instrument over my old, but it doesn’t sound the same at all. There is no reason to buy it at a loss–it’s much better to spend the money on the quality.
What is a good piano sound anyway? One must first look around to find if there are any acoustic instruments that are really good at what they do–and if so, what kind. When a good acoustic piano player starts to make a few dollars a week playing in bars and clubs, he or she is going to notice that there are a lot of things that he is going to hate as far as sound quality is concerned. At some point during the process of learning to play, something in the process that should have made a difference will get forgotten and the instruments start to sound the same with little to no improvement. The best approach to take when purchasing any piece of equipment is to first look at the quality first.
It’s hard to describe the sound of any single acoustic instrument at every step in its development. There are a number of