It’s $1,099, and it’s only 5.2 pounds, less than the $2,300 price tag for a grand piano. The instrument is housed in an 18-foot-tall bass cabinet that is actually two 16-foot-tall pianos. The one on the right is on the left, the one in the center is on the right. Credit: Photo courtesy of PIANO HARDWARE
Cheri Averill, 31
Cheri Averill, 31, used to be a computer programmer before getting married, and working as a freelance graphic designer for a year. She now works as a musician at an arts and crafts centre. She plans to keep playing even after she moves away, and thinks that’s a testament to the quality of the instrument she plays. Credit: Courtesy of PIANO HARDWARE
The pianos, for the most part, are quite affordable: $1,099 per bow, for example, and not much more than that for the larger pianos. Some are made from a combination of wood and steel or other materials, and it’s difficult to tell where exactly the instrument begins and ends. But for the most part, the pianos are not quite a luxury product. “I like playing on a little violin because it’s very different from most of the instruments out there,” Averill said. “The beauty and elegance of the instrument outweighs the cost of purchasing [one] new. The instruments I like playing on are all the same ones that the piano makers made. Some of the piano makers are making them for the piano players.”
One note, though: a few of the pianos on sale have no strings. That said, many others carry little more than strings. Credit: Photo by Mark L. Smith/The Washington Post
So, at the end of the day, they’re all affordable. And the main draw is the value.
This article originally appeared on NPR.
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