The science is clear: Kids who are learning musical instruments do better in school. In fact, science says that their IQ goes up when they spend time learning to play (or sing) music. We are willing to invest in lessons. All our friends have their kids in band or chorus, or learning musical instruments. And here sits this old piano that no one will play.
It's no wonder! A nice piano sounds great, looks great, feels great, and gives rewards every day! Imagine giving your 16 year old daughter a 60 year old car to drive. "Let's see if she likes it first before we get her a good one." No, that won't do! She needs something safe, something that works. And, by the way, if you want to make points with her, it should look good, too!
Like cars, pianos don't get better with age. Like an old house, they will need more maintenance as they get older. They do well when they have steady environments, steady humidity. A really nice piano will last a lifetime, although after 20 or 30 years things like new hammers, or a regulation become necessary. Cheap pianos are just like cheap anything. They last a while, and then become more trouble than they are worth. And no one wants to play a piano with sticky keys, doesn't hold tune, and sounds like mud.
I know a solution! And it is one that you won't regret!