There can be many reasons for hiring a piano. For many professional pianists the logistics involved in moving such a large scale object to a venue can often be too difficult to even consider, so you'll find that many musicians who aren't comfortable playing with 'house' instruments will often hire out a piano similar to theirs, saving themselves a heap of hassle hiring out a van, and driving their instrument down by themselves. Another quite valid reason for hiring, if not the most useful function of a hire service is the ability to try your hands on a variety of different pianos, so that when you do come to buy yours, it really is the piano you want. Not because of how it looks, but because of how well it fits you.
Whatever your reason for hiring may be, there are many factors to be taken into account so that you can find the right vendor for both your location and choice in piano. The task of hiring can at first seem quite daunting but throughout this article I will list the main points that have to be looked at so that you can find the right service for your needs.
First and foremost you will need to look for a hiring company close to your chosen venue, ideally this will be within roughly 50 miles of your location. Some hirers may go further but in general most will cut off their service after this distance as it can prove to be quite troublesome for both parties, especially when time constraints are to be adhered to. By hiring in the relative locality of your venue or home, you will save a great deal of time tackling the logistical portion of the hiring service, aside from this, close proximity to the vendor can be very handy if ever there happens to be any problems with the piano, allowing for easy replacement of the product if needs be. So keep it local if possible, as it will likely prove necessary to proper service.
Now the list of potential hirers will decrease as you attempt to find a piano suitable for the pianist of choice, as most will have a particular preference in mind. Its best in a hiring scenario to go for the best quality piano you can afford as this will likely please most potential players throughout the hiring period.