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Heid Music - #AskHeid - Used Pianos on Craigslist - What You Should Know

March 7, 2016 10:40 AM


I’m shopping for a used piano on Craigslist…. How do I know if it’s good?  Is there anything to watch for?

- Question submitted by Kristy via #AskHeid at
- Question answered by Debbie Olson, Heid Music Piano Sales Consultant


"We recommend having a qualified piano technician go out and evaluate the piano before purchase. Many used pianos have hidden common problems that aren’t always seen by the eye. Here are a few items that you should be aware of:

  • Cracks in soundboards may create buzzing or change tone of the piano.
  • Loose piano ribs might cause a rattling noise or distorting of sound.
  • Excessive wear or hardened dampers can cause ringing in piano.
  • Wear, compacting and settling of felt can cause regulation issues.

Here at Heid Music, our pianos go through a 16 point inspection prior to purchase. Stop by to see our selection of good quality used pianos, all pianos have been evaluated and have been approved for mechanical performance and will carry a 1 year parts and labor warranty."




Debbie Olson
Heid Music Piano Sales Consultant - Heid Music Appleton

920-831-4990 ext 109 | Contact Debbie Olson

For the last 28 years, Heid Music’s Debbie Olson has the honor of building strong community partnerships through the common bond of music. She considers herself fortunate to been able to help individuals, families, K-12 school programs, universities/colleges, churches and performing art venues fulfill their piano needs.  Debbie is a graduate of numerous piano institutions including William Steinway University, Yamaha Institutional Training & has been honored with Yamaha’s Touchtone Award for Outstanding Sales Leadership.