Buying a piano was a very important purchase for our family. My husband and I both play piano. I teach piano and our young daughter had also started learning piano. It was for her that we decided we needed to upgrade to a better piano. (I had been teaching her on one of my keyboards that I had used for years on tour.)
We wanted a very good piano for her, as you do, and first started looking around online to see what kind of prices we would be encountering. Wanting this to be affordable as well, we started with digital pianos which we discovered retailed between €2,000 – €6,000 for a good one. We then played some of the digital pianos I had my eye on in two local music stores. Sadly, the sound and touch was not as inspiring to us as we had hoped. Then, my daughter started playing one of the acoustic pianos on display and she told me to try it… We never looked back after that, especially because the price for an acoustic piano and a digital piano were comparable.
The music stores near to us that we first stared shopping in had acoustic pianos but honestly, shopping in these places wasn’t a pleasant experience. First, the pianos were out of tune and dusty and when you’re thinking of spending a couple of thousand euros on something, you don’t expect the item to be dirty and unkept. We also had to wait a long time in-store for someone to answer our questions – to which they often had to call their dealer, to which we waited some more. We had heard about Royal Pianos near Malaga, but it was a long drive for us from Sotogrande. Still, we felt we were left with no other options in our area – so we made an appointment and took the drive. We are so glad we did!
At first entrance into Royal Pianos, you feel like you are going to get your money’s worth (again, very important to us). The pianos were gleaming and they were all in-tune! Two people helped us – first the piano tuner: He told us stories about every piano, new and used, as well as the owner who also came to help us about 30-minutes into our appointment.
We were received detailed answers to all of our questions and played about 15 of their pianos. They gave targeted recommendations and payment plans specific to our needs on each piano we liked and could afford. (They have an amazing selection of pianos, new and used, and in every price range imaginable.) After searching high and low for a piano for over 6-months, we left their shop floor knowing that Royal Pianos was the only place we would buy a piano.
We have now had our Feurich 161 (white baby grand piano) for two years and have loved every minute of it – from their ease of arranging the purchase, to delivery, to customer after-care. Even the piano tuner is the best I’ve ever encountered!
But that’s not all. The best thing about Royal Pianos is that it is run by good-hearted people. They have even collaborated with the school and Sotogrande community each time it was needed by donating to local charities and helping me set up a piano lab for my students this past year. We give Royal Pianos our very highest recommendation!