What Came First: Upright Pianos Or Grand Pianos?

upright pianos

Grand or upright? This is the first question you need to answer (unless you are buying a digital piano) when you decide to buy or rent a piano from SoCal Pianos in Ontario & Palm Desert, CA (appointment only at both locations). Let’s start things out with a little history. The very first pianos date… Read more »

How Does a Piano Action Work?

piano action

The act is simple — striking a piano key — but the execution is complicated and vital. The piano action is responsible for seamlessly converting the simple key strike into the beautiful sounds that come from a quality piano.  COMPLICATED AND PRECISE Those are two good words to describe how the piano action works. To… Read more »

Why Don’t More People Play The Piano?

Music is often referred to as the universal language. Musical tastes can be vastly different, but at some level just about every person alive likes listening to music. That brings up a question we’ve been thinking about a lot at SoCal Pianos: Why don’t more people play the piano? EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES It’s our experience… Read more »

I’m 30, Is It Too Late To Learn Musical Instruments?

I just hate it when I hear someone say, “I’m too old to learn how to play a musical instrument.” My response is always the same, “Poppycock!” You are never too old to learn music or to play an instrument. It requires some physical skills, but if you can use your hands to hold a… Read more »

What Is The Best Way To Learn To Play Piano?

learn to play piano

It’s a story heard far too often in the SoCal Pianos showrooms in Ontario & Palm Desert, CA (appointment only at both locations), the story of a person or family buying a piano then quickly giving up the instrument because of frustration while trying to learn how to play. TIPS FOR BEGINNERS Let’s start with… Read more »

What Is A Good First Instrument To Learn?


Musical instruments are a great outlet for young people and can provide them with a lifelong hobby or passion. Many times, when folks come into the SoCal Pianos stores in Ontario & Palm Desert, CA (appointment only at both locations) they like to ask what is a good first instrument for a beginner. Without further… Read more »

Why Does Yamaha Make Both Pianos And Motorbikes?


Why are you trying to sell me a Yamaha? I don’t want a motorcycle; I want a piano. While that may sound a little silly, it is a question we still get at SoCal Pianos in Ontario & Palm Desert, CA (appointment only at both locations). I find that a segment of the population will… Read more »

How Much Should A Second Hand Piano Cost?

second hand piano

Many people have gone through times in their lives when they didn’t have the proverbial two nickels to rub together. In other words, broke and desperate. That experience may have included shopping for a cheap used car. Too often what was being sold cheap wouldn’t run at all, was unsafe to drive, and/or was a… Read more »

Is A Steinway Piano Really Worth It?


Every time I hear the word Steinway I am reminded of a scene from the movie “The Pink Panther Strikes Again.” In the movie, Inspector Clouseau accidentally smashes a magnificent grand piano with a mace, prompting the housekeeper to exclaim, “But that’s a priceless Steinway!” to which Clouseau responds, “Not anymore.” Of course, this doesn’t… Read more »

What Is The Benefit Of Playing A Musical Instrument?

musical instrument

Learning to play a musical instrument takes practice, commitment and an overall appreciation of the fine arts. But the great news is that it’s all worth it… once you learn how to play an instrument, the door to a lifetime of musical enjoyment is wide open and the possibilities are endless. We are kind of… Read more »