Buyer’s Guide – Grand Pianos
Grand pianos come in a variety of sizes and measured from the very front edge of the keyboard to the very back. The term “baby grand” usually refers to a grand that is 5’2″ or less in length. Large concert grands measure approximately 9′ in length. Depending on the manufacturer, there are many different sizes between the two extremes, and they often have different names attributed to them. it is best to judge a grand size by actual measurement.
Should I Buy a Grand or Vertical Piano?
A fine quality grand piano should be considered if space and budget permit. Because of the design, a grand piano has certain inherent advantages over a vertically configured piano. The gravity-type action of a fine grand piano allows for faster repetition of notes and for better, subtler control of expression and tone than that of a vertical action piano. the horizontal construction and the shape of the soundboard allow the tone to develop in an open transparent manner. Musically, a fine grand piano is superior to a vertical piano. Aesthetically, it can be an elegant and dramatic addition to any home decor.
Space and budget considerations, however, are often major considerations. Not all grands are created equal. A first class vertical piano is an excellent musical instrument, and will outperform and outlast a poorly made, inexpensive, small grand. Vertical pianos also come in a variety of furniture styles and finishes. They will also enhance your home’s decor, and will take a fraction of the space of even a small grand.
There is an undeniably strong correlation between music education and the development of skills that children need to become successful in life, self-discipline, patience, sensitivity, coordination, and the ability to memorize and concentrate are all enhanced by the study of music. These skills will follow your child throughout whatever path these choose in life.
The piano is an excellent first instrument capable of providing your child (and yourself) lifelong joy, satisfaction, and accomplishment. No other instrument matches the piano’s broad musical applications even if your child subsequently chooses to play another musical instrument, the concept of melody, sense rhythm, and study of harmony acquired in studying the piano will reap handsome rewards.