One of the most versatile and popular instruments of all time, is the piano. Not only can they be heard in virtually all musical genres, playing the piano is also a large part of various in cultures all over the world.
Pianos are large, the outer cabinet is usually made of wood and they typically contain 88 keys. Inside the piano, there are wires that connect the keys to small hammers. When a key is pressed, its tail pivots upwards, lifting a lever and making the hammer strike the string for that key’s note. At the same time, a damper is lifted from the string to allow it to vibrate freely.
The largest style of piano is the grand piano and these can be from 1.5 to 2.7m in length. They are typically called Parlor Grand Pianos, or Living Room Grand Pianos as they are intended to be showpieces. They are generally positioned in shared areas of homes where there is room for people to gather around the piano - to listen and play.
Baby Grand Piano
The baby grand piano is smaller than the grand piano, as the name suggests. Generally, they range in length from 1.2 to 1.5m. They are a popular choice due to their affordability and more compact size, as well as their quality, attractive design and longevity.
The upright piano is a very common style, and one of the more affordable and sought-after piano options.
The upright piano has a vertical backing rather than a flat one like grand pianos. This makes them shorter in length, but taller than the other style of pianos. The upright piano is about 1.0 to 1.3m in height.
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You should have your piano inspected every two years or so to determine that it’s still in tune, has the proper tension and is in its best working order.
What to know about buying a pre-owned Piano
It is very common for people to buy a used piano. Pianos can be quite expensive, but if taken care of properly, they can last for hundreds of years.
Therefore, if you buy a pre-owned piano, chances are it is still in working condition.
However, pianos do require maintenance every few years, so if the piano you choose is rather old, you need to ensure that it is still in tune and working properly.
So, when looking at a pre-owned piano, it is advisable to check that none of the keys look to be “sunken in” as this would indicate damage to the keys.
By playing each key, you can check if the piano is in tune and ensure that none of them are sticking when pressed. Sticking can be a sign of string damage, and this can incur an extra cost to repair.
What to know about buying a new Piano
Buying a new piano is a great option and an investment.
When buying a new piano, not only must you decide on the size and look that you desire, but you also need to consider the space you have available and how the piano will be transported into that area.
Not only will new piano be a great piece for you as a professional musician, it can remain with you for your lifetime and then become an heirloom.