Types of Pianos - All the Keyboard Instruments in Use Today
Here are the various types of pianos that you would find in use currently. Besides being a helpful guide, this is also intended to make you gaze in awe at these great pianos & keyboard instruments.
Upright Pianos (Vertical Pianos)
Acoustic pianos use a mechanism where hammers strike strings to generate the sounds. You can read more here to know how pianos work
In a vertical upright piano, the strings are placed vertically which makes the sound travel parallel to the floor and fills the room. For best sound results it is advisable not to keep the back of the piano touching the wall, and have some space in between.
You will find Upright vertical pianos in the living room of most household, and at schools and churches. There are several variants of the upright piano which make them quite popular among users.
The more common variants of vertical pianos (in terms of height) include:
Spinet Piano 35" - 37"
Consolette Piano 38" - 39"
Console Piano 40" - 43"
Studio Piano 44" - 47"
Professional Piano 48" - 60"
The Spinet Piano is the shortest of them and suitable for most apartments. A studio or professional vertical piano on the other hand has rich tomes and sounds much better.
Grand Pianos (Horizontal pianos)Grand Pianos are the ones that have their strings laid down parallel to the floor so that when the hammers strike the strings, the sound will travel upwards and fill the room. This mechanism makes it sound much better, and the longer the strings (dimensions) of the piano, the better is the sound produced.
Another advantage of the horizontal strings is that the key action on a grand piano is much better and lighter which makes it possible to play fast movements quite easily on a grand piano.
Horizontal Grand pianos were the earliest of pianos that were used by royalty in their palaces and chambers. Over a period of time, a compact version, known as vertical or upright pianos started becoming popular. Various versions of the Grand piano also started becoming available, to make it more appealing to the end users.
Types of Pianos: So you have the following variations (in terms of lengths) when it comes to the horizontal Grand Pianos:
Petite Grand Piano 4' 5" - 4' 11"
Baby Grand Piano 5' 0 to 5' 6"
Medium Grand Piano 5' 7"
Classic Grand/ Living Room Grand Piano 5' 9" to 6' 1"
Professional / Semi Concert Grand / Ballroom Grand Piano 6' 5" to 7' 5"
Concert Grand Piano 7' 6" to 9' 6"
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