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5 Places to Buy a Piano on Long Island

By: Sara Chatalbash

Owner | Teacher

Every year, I meet with a large number of families and potential students looking for piano lessons on Long Island.

And, because my website has made so many people aware of my opinions and feelings on all things “Piano,” they frequently ask me if I know where they can get a piano.

I want to make sure potential students and parents are well informed 

How to Buy a Used Piano – Tips, Questions to Ask, and What to Look For

The Ultimate Guide to Piano Stores on Long Island 

So, here’s a rundown of Long Island’s best piano stores.

Frank & Camille’s Piano Superstore
Address: 214 Glen Cove Rd, Carle Place, NY 11514
Phone: (516) 671-6515
Website: https://www.frankandcamilles.com/

The Piano Exchange
Address: 150 School St, Glen Cove, NY 11542
Phone: (516) 671-6515
Website: http://www.thepianoexchange.com/

Steinway Piano Gallery
Address: 505 Walt Whitman Rd, Melville, NY 11747
Phone: (631) 424-0525
Website: http://www.steinwaylongisland.com/

Costa Piano Shoppes
Address: 4747 Nesconset Hwy, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Phone: (631) 351-9000
Website: http://www.costapianoshoppes.com/

FranFaust Harrison Pianos
Address: 214 Glen Cove Rd, Carle Place, NY 11514
Phone: (516) 671-6515
Website: www.faustharrisonpianos.com

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a piano?

If you’re talking about an acoustic piano, then there really is no “good price” because you can find amazing acoustic pianos for sale that are used in great condition for as little as $300 if you look in the right places.

If you’re buying new, it also depends on the brand. So buying a piano is really less about the price and more about what you’re looking for and the sound you’d like because there’s a very broad range in pricing.

If you’re talking about a digital piano, a good baseline price for a quality digital piano is at least $500.

Anything less than that, unless someone is selling their used one, will give you a digital piano that sounds more and more like a toy than an instrument so do yourself the favor and save up to get the proper instrument.

You will only be doing yourself a disservice by going cheap and you’ll eventually have to replace it to upgrade.

Can I get a piano for free?

Yes! There are used acoustic pianos that are in great condition on places like Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp being given away all the time by people who are moving or just want the piano out of their home fast.

You have to just cover the cost of hiring a piano mover.

How much should a beginner spend on a piano?

A beginner should spend about $500-700 on a digital piano/keyboard to have the proper instrument to start on. Yes, this is an investment if you want to learn right! I know most people don’t know if they’ll stick with it or not, but you can always sell it if you change your mind and some places have return policies.

Don’t go into learning something new with the mindset of you already quitting. Invest in yourself and believe that you’ll persevere and stick with it. Keyboards/digital pianos that are less than $500 are more toys than instruments and will not have 88, fully weighted keys. You’ll be confused with the missing keys or not be able to develop proper finger strength or even play with dynamics, which is key to playing beautifully.

Save up and buy the right instrument from the beginning. It’s like wanting to learn ballet, but you get the cheap ballet shoes because you don’t know if you’ll like it, but the cheap shoes cause you pain and don’t fit properly, which makes you hate ballet lessons.

What brand of pianos are the best?

A grand piano for piano lessons.

Personally, I love Yamahas and Steinways. I went to Crane music school they strictly had Steinways and was a bit spoiled for those years of my life. I just can’t go back.

Yamahas are second for me and they’re what I have in my studio for digitals because they make some of the best. I’ve played on many, many brands of pianos like Sohmers, Kawais, etc. and they’re great as well! The best piano to me might not be the best piano to you.

It has everything to do with the feel and sound of each piano, which is a very personal thing. Every pianist is different and Steinways and Yamahas are just 2 of a very long list of amazing pianos, they’re just the 2 most well known. I’d advise going to a piano shop like Frank and Camille’s and trying out every single piano. Which one resonates with you? Which one feels the best when you play the keys? Which has the sound you crave? Which has the sound that best matches the music genre you’re most likely to play? Which one looks the best to you as well?

Which piano/keyboard should I buy for a beginner?

Acoustic pianos are a personal taste kind of thing. I personally love Yamahas and Steinways, but they are some of the most expensive. I’ve played on dozens of brands of pianos and have loved many of them, but it’s a personal choice. Play on as many as you can and choose the one that feels and sounds the best to you and what you plan on playing. 

As far as keyboards/digital pianos, I’d recommend any of the Yamaha P series (P45/P71, P115/125). They have 88, fully weighted keys and are great for beginners especially, and are portable. If you’re looking for a digital piano v. a keyboard, one recommendation I’d give is the Yamaha Arius YDP-164. It’s not meant to be portable and is meant more for serious players. The Yamaha Clavinova is also very good. Do NOT buy Williams Legatos, Williams Allegros, or Alesis. Please just don’t. Like I said, anything below $500 is a toy basically.

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