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Different Types of Pianos

by | Oct 15, 2018 | 1 comment

Are you or your child interested in Austin piano lessons, but can’t figure out which piano to buy?

As one of the most popular instruments for music-making, the piano has evolved over centuries for its superior sound quality, volume, and engineering.

At Lone Star School of Music we answer countless questions from piano enthusiasts who want to know whether or not it is worth it restore a beloved family heirloom or to buy a new one.

Let’s read on to understand the different types of pianos.

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The Grand Piano, just like its name, is grand and regal in appearance. As you sit in front of it and start playing, you have a clear view of the entire room. The whole arrangement is aesthetically pleasing and has an old world charm to it. This might be the reason why most people prefer a grand piano to an upright one. However, newer handmade pianos are expensive, and range in price anywhere between $41,000 and $100,000.

The Strings and Tone: Inside the piano case, the strings are placed horizontally. When you press a key, the key hammer hits these strings from below. The horizontally positioned soundboard produces the sound and hammer comes down with gravity. This allows you more control over the keys. The string length and the soundboard size are important for resonance of tone and tonal quality. If these are more, it produces better resonance and greater volume of tone.

Sizes: Its size is measured from the keyboard to the other end, lengthwise along the spine with the lid closed. This is normally 4’6”- 9’6” and the width is 5’. Steinway, the smallest grand piano, is 5’1” in length and the floor space is 5′ in width and 6’6” in length.

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Vertical Pianos

A vertical piano usually sits in a room with its back to the wall. The need for smaller pianos created miniature models of vertical or upright pianos.The brand new uprights piano can be found for as little as $3,500-$5,000 and provides a decent start for beginning students.

Spinet Pianos: The smallest vertical piano has a dropped piano action. For those who don’t know, the mechanism of the piano that causes hammers to strike the strings when a key is pressed is called the “action.” A spinet piano has lower height of action and the key pulls up the lever rather than lifting it up.

Console Pianos: The console piano is a popular option where the piano action sits directly above the keys. In appearance the spinet and console pianos are very similar.Austin piano lessons

Studio Pianos: Additional height gives some richness and tonal quality similar to grand pianos.

Upright Pianos: The largest vertical piano, also nicknamed Grandma’s piano, can stay intact for decades if properly preserved.

The Strings and Tone: As mentioned earlier, the size of the strings reduces with the height of position of action. Most smaller grand pianos and miniature upright pianos have similar acoustics and tonal depth.

Sizes: In an upright piano, you measure its height as this affects its tone. It usually means you measure right from the floor of the piano to the top. This is usually less than 36″ for Spinet, 40 to 44″ for Console, 45 to 50″ for Studio and more than 50″ for Upright piano. The standard width and depth are 5′ and 2’ – 2’6” respectively.

What to Choose

The vertical piano action is usually is slower than the grand piano action. Another advantage of grand piano is that when you raise its top, it deflects the sound to the room and the player. If you want to go with grand piano for psychological and aesthetic reasons, consider the size of the room. For a medium piano plays loud for a small room and the music of a small grand piano gets lost in an open auditorium.

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