Budget Pianos Starting at $799

Want to Learn Piano? On a Budget?

Don’t put up with all the hassle of getting an old “free piano”. Get a cheap Budget Buy piano from us that doesn’t play like its price tag.

Refurbished Acoustics

Lowest Prices Possible

90 Day Warranty

100% Trade-Up Policy*

Free Piano Listed on Craigslist. Title: Piano (free, not haunted, pickup only)

Free Pianos: Not Worth It

You deserve more than an old beat up piano — even if you don’t play yet!

“Free pianos” will cost money to move and fix. Plus they might be lemons or even scams!

Budget Buy Pianos: Better Than Free

Our pianos will be cleaned, fixed up and tuned a few times before it goes to your home.

We only do the most important work from our full refurbishing checklist so you get best bang for your buck.

Piano Technician Tuning

Budget Buy Pianos FAQ

What does my purchase include?

Every budget piano will include:

  • 90-day warranty,
  • 100% trade-up policy for 3 years,
  • Full-day of refurbishing work to meet our standards,
  • $10 discounts on future tunings from Family Piano,
  • And a matching bench.

Your piano is tuned and guaranteed ready-to-play as soon as it arrives in your home!

Are there any hidden costs?

Absolutely not! Family Piano never adds vague selling fees or any other additional costs that weren’t discussed from the beginning.

In 90% of deals, the invoice is made of:

  1. Piano’s sticker price which we visibly post and keep low year-round.
  2. Professional delivery which is $349-$499 based on a standard local move within the Chicagoland area.
  3. Sales tax which is one of the only certain things in life.

We keep our costs low and honest year-round. In fact, we even offer an additional 3% check discount on all piano purchases — we figure we can either pay a card’s processing fee or pass the savings onto you. 

What's the difference between your budget pianos and your fully-refurbished pianos?

Refurbishing a piano requires careful attention paid to the 20,000+ moving parts inside its action. And that’s just regulation work — then you have to do the cleaning, casework and several tunings!

Family Piano has a tried-and-true 30-point checklist for fully refurbishing acoustic pianos. But it’s a pretty lengthy process that takes our tech team at least a few days to complete.

We instead put our budget pianos through a shorter checklist that’s made of the most essential work. It takes a piano from “used and just arrived” to “refurbished and showroom-ready” in just a day. And the savings we have in labor, we then pass on to you.

All our acoustic pianos do have the same guarantee that they’ll play well. And if you ever decide you want your piano to get our full refurbishing job, you can always schedule an appointment to have our piano spa done.

Why shouldn't I just get a free piano on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace?

You will find dozens of “free pianos” available on online marketplaces. But just like there’s no such thing as a free lunch, there’s no such thing as a free piano.

1) The piano isn’t guaranteed to work. If the seller hasn’t done so already, you’ll have to pay for a technician to go evaluate the piano. Ideally, they’ll even go through a full tuning which can cost around $200.

2) You have to arrange the move. We do not recommend trying to move a piano by yourself. It’s always best to just hire a professional mover. It will cost you upwards of $500,  and it’ll likely be a hassle to coordinate around everyone’s schedule, but it’s the safe route and the costs of an injury (to you or the piano) are much more expensive.

3) No customer service in private sales. Just because the seller plays the piano doesn’t mean they know how it works or its service history. You should have questions about the instrument, and you should get good answers. Otherwise, you can’t be sure the piano will be the right one for you or your family.

4) No guarantees in private sales. A money exchange can be a test of faith. Going to a stranger’s house can be awkward and even unsafe. And of course, private sellers usually have a “no taksies backsies” policy, meaning if you get a lemon, you’re stuck with a lemon.

We will admit: there can be decent pianos available in private marketplaces. But after 15+ years of taking trade-ins, we can comfortably say it’s the exception rather than the rule.

Overall, you’re risking a lot to save yourself a couple hundred bucks. You can get scammed, get stuck with a bad piano and potentially even put yourself in a dangerous situation. Buying a piano from a private seller is a gamble, and we think it’s best to play it safe.

More of our thoughts on free pianos: Don’t Get a Free Piano: Why They’re Usually the Most Expensive.


Why Buy a Used Piano at Family Piano?

Family Piano Co management in front of piano showroom

Founder and head tech Alice Alviani (upper left) with vice president Linda Charboneau (right) and president Brendan Alviani (at piano).

Pianos You Can Trust

Every piano in our showroom is in the best condition it can be and backed by a warranty. Our piano technicians tune and service each piano when it arrives, while it’s here, and before it’s delivered to your home.

Stress-Free Shopping

Buying a piano should be fun! So we never get pushy or use sales tactics to “close deals.” Instead, we focus on education. Even if only curious about piano, we’d love to give you a tour and let you play as much as you want!

Worry-Free Ownership

Taking care of your piano can be daunting. That’s why we include a warranty with every purchase, and have a digital technician on-staff. And if you ever have any piano-related questions, advice is just a call away.

Lowest Prices Guaranteed

Every piano in our showroom is clearly labeled with the lowest prices you’ll find in the Chicago area. And if you do find a better price, we’ll match it – and still give you our unbeatable service and guarantees.

Experts You Can Rely On

Since opening in 2006, we’ve become the best-reviewed piano stores in the area. Our staff is full of piano lovers, and we have the largest team of techs in the Midwest. 

Satisfied Families

Pianos for Sale

Years of Tech Experience

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