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Looking for advice on where to rent a piano (Zurich area)

Does anyone have a tip on where to rent (or buy) a piano at a reasonable price? Or tips on models? I'd like one of those electric ones, but am not sure if it is as enjoyable to learn on as a normal one. Musik Hug in Zurich is pretty expensive, but maybe there's some smaller, less well-known store somewhere else that offers good service and prices?
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Re: Looking for advice on where to rent a piano (Zurich area)

You could try Piano Schue www.schuepiano.ch

or Dietschi Piano www.dietschipianos.ch

I have done business with both of them and they are great, they do rent, buy or rent to buy options
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Does anyone have a tip on where to rent (or buy) a piano at a reasonable price? Or tips on models? I'd like one of those electric ones, but am not sure if it is as enjoyable to learn on as a normal one. Musik Hug in Zurich is pretty expensive, but maybe there's some smaller, less well-known store somewhere else that offers good service and prices?
Thanks!
Chris
Chris, are you referring to digital pianos?

As a teacher, I really wouldnt encourage you to stay too long on the digitals. As digital sampling technology improves, the gap between the acoustic and digital sound may diminish, but digital sound will never equal or be superior to those of an acoustic.

Digital pianos are also unable to produce various colours to tones. On an upright, if you use various playing techniques, you can produce almost infinite kinds of colour but digital pianos can only produce sounds that were originally sampled (recorded), and thus very limited in terms of variety in the sound produced.

I have beginner students who have admitted to me that it feels and sound different playing during lessons versus practicing at home and they tend to have to bridge the gap really fast to adapt to the sound on my piano versus theirs.

There are pianos to be rented for less than 150CHF per month. The basic Yamahas - which MusikHug and Jecklin does have from time to time. I used to rent from Musikhug but find Jecklin more flexible and accomodating in terms of reaching a financial plan. All you need is a min. rental period of 1 year. You can always return them, no questions asked when the time is up if you think music isnt for you. I am not sure if they rent out digital ones - but a student of mine bought it online for much cheaper than they cost in the shops here.

Check out this thread: I made a post about it sometime back about various brands:

Digital Piano Advice

With regards to acoustic brands recommendation, how long is a piece of string? But for starters, my first piano was a 85-key China brand one till my parents upgraded me to a Kawai 3 years later and a C. Bechstein after. You dont need an expensive one to start out.
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Re: Looking for advice on where to rent a piano (Zurich area)

We've bought ours at http://www.musik-ebert.de/ in Konstanz. Free delivery to Zurich net of taxes.
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Chris, are you referring to digital pianos?

As a teacher, I really wouldnt encourage you to stay too long on the digitals. As digital sampling technology improves, the gap between the acoustic and digital sound may diminish, but digital sound will never equal or be superior to those of an acoustic.

Digital pianos are also unable to produce various colours to tones. On an upright, if you use various playing techniques, you can produce almost infinite kinds of colour but digital pianos can only produce sounds that were originally sampled (recorded), and thus very limited in terms of variety in the sound produced.

I have beginner students who have admitted to me that it feels and sound different playing during lessons versus practicing at home and they tend to have to bridge the gap really fast to adapt to the sound on my piano versus theirs.

There are pianos to be rented for less than 150CHF per month. The basic Yamahas - which MusikHug and Jecklin does have from time to time. I used to rent from Musikhug but find Jecklin more flexible and accomodating in terms of reaching a financial plan. All you need is a min. rental period of 1 year. You can always return them, no questions asked when the time is up if you think music isnt for you. I am not sure if they rent out digital ones - but a student of mine bought it online for much cheaper than they cost in the shops here.

Check out this thread: I made a post about it sometime back about various brands:

Digital Piano Advice

With regards to acoustic brands recommendation, how long is a piece of string? But for starters, my first piano was a 85-key China brand one till my parents upgraded me to a Kawai 3 years later and a C. Bechstein after. You dont need an expensive one to start out.
Thank-you, I guess digital is what I meant . As we don't have a lot of space, I figured a digital that one can practice on with earplugs might be a good idea! I do think that having a bad-quality instrument might not be very motivating for my kids to practice on. I remember the frustration when I was a kid, of having a piano with keys that were probably not weighted (not sure if this is the right terminology) and lessons on one where you really had to press a lot harder on the keys- it was very frustrating.

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Thank-you, I guess digital is what I meant . As we don't have a lot of space, I figured a digital that one can practice on with earplugs might be a good idea! I do think that having a bad-quality instrument might not be very motivating for my kids to practice on. I remember the frustration when I was a kid, of having a piano with keys that were probably not weighted (not sure if this is the right terminology) and lessons on one where you really had to press a lot harder on the keys- it was very frustrating.

Thanks for the links and advice- much appreciated.
There are actually upright acoustic pianos with the silencer now. Even if you choose a piano without the silencer, you can have the option of fitting one in. Yamaha has fronted the technology for that, although alot of other German brands are catching up in that aspect. My first piano here was the Yamaha U3 and for 180CHF monthly, it came with a silencer. Very very handy for the after-hours and I find it perfect when I need to spare my neighbours the headache when I am trying to get the same 20 bars right over and over and over and over and over again....

Of course when its possible, best to play it without the silencer but having that function on an upright is the perfect combination if you are willing to make the commitment for at least a year.

I traded it up after a year for a higher end German piano when I was much more sure about my plans here in Switzerland. There are however, lower range Yamahas that you can look at for less than 200CHF. A friend of mine got hers for 100CHF monthly.

But if space is a problem, by all means, get a digital especially if your kids are just starting out. I just wouldnt let them use it for too long when they get more serious.
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Re: Looking for advice on where to rent a piano (Zurich area)

Hi Chris,
You can try Scheu Piano in Seefeld or Jecklin by the Kunsthaus. They have a lot of option for you starting at 100CHF/month + delivery, usually another 100CHF!!
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Re: Looking for advice on where to rent a piano (Zurich area)

We rented piano here:

Spielmann Pianos, Klosbachstr. 3, Zürich -direkt am Kreuzplatz!
Tram 11, 15 o. Bus 31 bis Kreuzplatz


The owner Sandro is so nice. He is speaking English
Also, they have concerts in the store, every month...
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Hi Chris,
You can try Scheu Piano in Seefeld or Jecklin by the Kunsthaus. They have a lot of option for you starting at 100CHF/month + delivery, usually another 100CHF!!
Good luck
I got my current piano from Jecklin. They were very flexible with regards to the financial plan versus Musikhug which had the same model.

Mr Scheu of Scheu Piano is also very knowledgable and helpful. Speaks fantastic English.
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