Is Learning The Piano An Expensive Hobby In The US?

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Everyone needs a hobby or two, right? The choices are endless and there seems to be something for everyone: reading, cooking, golfing, swimming, biking, sewing, etc… the list goes on and on. However, one hobby in particular is very near and dear to our hearts here at SoCal Pianos: piano playing! Tickling the ebony and ivories can give players and their listeners years of musical pleasure. Of course, it all begins with finding the perfect piano, which can lead to the following question: How expensive is learning and playing the piano? Well, the answer to that question depends on a few variables, so read on to learn what your options may be.


Buying a new acoustic or electric piano can be an expensive endeavor. Buying a used model is much less expensive, but still can have serious budget implications. That’s why SoCal is happy to offer our customers the opportunity to rent pianos, either before they purchase them or just to figure out if playing may become a serious hobby. You can learn all about our rental process and what we have to offer at In the meantime, here are some viable reasons for considering renting instead of or before buying.

  • Shop and rent online. At our website, you can pick your piano right away.
  • Unlimited rental period. Rent as long as you like, with no limit – no pressure.
  • Purchase option. All rent during the rental minimum period can be applied towards the pre-discounted purchase price.
  • 30-Day Guarantee. This allows you to exchange or upgrade your rental piano free of charge during the first 30 days.
  • As low as $1 a day. Current plans start as low as $29 per month.

SoCal also wants you to know that you will have a large selection of quality pianos to choose from and not the bottom of the barrel selections that are sometimes seen at other rental sites. Our makes and models include Yamaha, Kawai, Steinway, Boston, Essex, Petrof, Baldwin and more. And to sweeten the pot even further, if you find a cheaper rental price on one of our pianos in stock, not only will we meet the price, but we will give you one month free rent.


SoCal, serving piano lovers and players for 30 years, offers our customers two showroom locations: our main store in Ontario and our second location in Palm Desert (which may be visited by appointment only). In addition to piano sales, rentals and service, SoCal also helps customers find experienced and qualified piano teachers. Call us, come by, make an appointment or reach out to us via social media