Piano Types Of The Piano

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With so many different piano types out there, it’s easy to get bogged down with looks, sizes, abilities, and sounds. In a nutshell, though, a piano will always be a “keyboard musical instrument with a wooden case enclosing a soundboard and metal strings, which are struck by hammers when the keys are depressed.” (Thanks Google).

As you may know, our modern piano is technically the “piano-forte,” but you’ll have to check out our history of the piano post next week to get more info on that. Start getting excited.

So without further ado, here is a guide to the different piano types---the tall ones, the skinny ones, the short ones, and the fat ones. Oh, and the electric ones too. You might even use this as a “piano buying guide,” since we’ve compiled a good bit of pricing info to help you out.

Bon Voyage!

Piano Types: The Grand Piano
Without dipping into the history too much, here’s the gist: the grand piano, as we know it, appeared on the scene around the year 1700, courtesy of Cristofori. Since then, we have seen a number of variations and changes, and you can basically take your pick regarding size and capabilities.

Believe it or not, the term “grand” didn’t always apply exclusively to horizontal pianos---it simply referred to the length of the strings. Over time, though, Grand Pianos have become entirely horizontal, and upright pianos are never referred to as “grand.”

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