Are you considering bringing a piano into your home? Please keep reading for some helpful information to keep in mind while deciding on the piano for you or your family.
Factors to Consider When Selecting a Piano:
- Size: How much space do you have? How much space are you willing to sacrifice for better sound?
- Touch: What sort of feel do you like? Light, medium or heavy?
- Sound: Do you like a brighter, darker or mellow sound? Something else? Do you prefer resonance or a crisp cut off?
- Aesthetics: Do you like a wood finish? What colors? Or do you prefer high-gloss? Are there any other features that you are partial to?
- Budget: How much is reasonable and affordable for your financial situation?
- Brand: Although every instrument is unique, within the same piano brand there can be a tendency for sound, touch and quality to be fairly consistent.
If you like a certain brand, this can lead you to other instruments with similar features.
Piano Types & Sizes
Upright pianos are about 5 feet wide and 2 feet deep and are categorized by their height as shown below.
- Spinets – Economical for your space and budget, spinets are a wonderful piano for beginners. Spinets are 36-40” tall.
- Consoles – Relatively compact, consoles provide a more robust sound than most spinets. Consoles are 40-44” tall.
- Studios – Commonly found in schools, studios are your typical upright and are most suited to a dedicated player. Studios are 45-48” tall.
- Full-size – Known for their unique sound and excellent craftsmanship, these pieces of history have a personality and complexity often lacking in newer instruments. Uprights are 49-56”tall.
- Worthy of their name, grands offer a superior quality and depth of sound that every musician craves. Our grands typically range in size from 41/2 ft up to 7 ft.
Care & maintenance
- With regard to turning, check with your piano’s manufacturer for their recommendation. A good rule of thumb is that new pianos should be tuned two to four times in the first year, as they settle into their new home. Twice a year is fine after that, or as often as is necessary to meet your musical needs.
- Be sure to keep liquids away from your piano. Any spills can do serious damage to the inside of your instrument.
- Keeping the lid closed on the keyboard when the piano isn’t in use is recommended.
- Your piano is a beautiful piece of furniture, dust and polish as needed for its particular finish, as you would with any piece of fine furniture.
Best placement in the home
- The average width of pianos is around 58″, though pianos vary widely in height and depth.
- Consistent temperature, around 68 degrees, and low humidity, approximately 42%, are best.
- Avoid direct sunlight and drafts. Place as far as possible from doors and windows that are opened often.
- Sound quality can change from carpet to bare floors.