Used Piano Buying Guide
Pianos to avoid II
Antique pianos are to be avoided if you're planning on learning to play piano. These pianos are almost always in very poor working order. They usually need a lot work and it can get expensive. They always have bad, flat soundboards. Only the most expensive piano manufacturers in the world like Steinway and Mason & Hamlin pianos can sound good at this point.
People do love their antique pianos though. And i work on them just about every day. However buying one is a gamble and you better know what you're doing.