If you're interested in learning about the instrument your child uses in the studio, read the following. This information is also important to consider when you're buying a piano.
Buying a Piano
A piano is a big investment and you should research it thoroughly before you make a purchase.
I used the following book to help me purchase the studio piano.
"The Piano Book" by Larry Fine. It's updated annually, so be sure you read the annual supplement for the most current information. I have an older copy of the book that you may borrow.
Here are some useful links:
http://www.bluebookofpianos.com/ - Compiles new and used piano prices
http://www.pianoeducation.org/pnobuyng.html - Information about types of pianos and a buying guide
http://www.pianonet.com - National Piano Foundation
http://www.ptg.org/resources-pianoowners.php - Piano Technicians Guild
Caring for Your Piano
Ideally, a piano should be in a location free from drastic changes in humidity or temperature. A humidity control system such as a Dampp chaser, can be installed in the piano by a registered piano technician. The instruments should be tuned twice year by a professional piano technician. A directory of registered piano technicians can be found on the Piano Technicians Guild website.
Dedicated, Professional Piano Instruction
Roxane Lee, M. S., Nationally Certified Teacher of Music