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Interesting Information About Pianos

Dec 11, 2013

Frequent Questions We Answer About Pianos

Buying a piano can be a daunting task, simply because there are now so many new models from which to choose; so, following are some facts that might be of help.

Since pianos last for so many years, especially if they are well cared for, it is important to buy a quality piano, even for the beginning student.

It is also important to note that the value of a piano depreciates very little, again dependent upon its regular tuning and care.

Sizes Of Pianos

As you choose a piano for your home or apartment, it is helpful to know how much space you will need for your piano. Vertical pianos include the spinet, which is the smallest in height, whose console  is found in many homes. It also includes the studio, which is generally a school or church piano. It also includes the upright piano, which is the tallest in height. Below are example sizes for each type of piano.

Spinet:     36  inches

Console:   42 – 44 inches

Studio:     45 – 48 inches

Upright:   50 – 52 inches

Grand Pianos - A Class Of Their Own

Some of the most famous pianos in the World are Grand Pianos. They have their own subsets, styles and sizes, as outlined below:

Baby Grand:   5 feet

Grand:   5 feet 8 inches – 7 feet

 Concert Grand:   9 feet

Types Of Piano Finishes

There are number of finish options for most pianos, to match your home or studio's interior. These include high polish ebony, satin ebony,  and wood finishes, such as walnut, cherry, and mahogany.

Digital Pianos

These are electric, but they have realistic piano tone, as well as many other tones, such as various instruments. They are “touch sensitive” and have weighted keys, like an acoustic piano. They have a smaller cabinet, without as much “bulk” as an acoustic piano. Digital pianos do not have to be tuned.

Unique Electric (Yamaha) Pianos

Yamaha Clavinova: This is a digital piano with “fun” features, such as rhythm and sounds. It also comes with a remote.

Disklavier: This is Yamaha’s “player grand” that can be played like a regular grand OR it can be played automatically. It comes with a remote, as well. The Disklavier is perfect for providing background music for a dinner party or other small group event.

Interested in learning more about what piano might be right for you? Stop by any of our three convenient locations: Blue Springs, Kansas City North, and Overland Park, KS.