By: Chuon Yuen Ooi
If you are about to learn the piano and are interested in purchasing one, then you’ll want to choose an instrument you’ll feel comfortable with. Selecting the right kind of piano for you is probably the most important decision a new pianist can make.
How About A Concert Grand?
Most are about 9 feet long and you will rarely see them except in a piano showroom or concert hall. These are generally the most expensive pianos on the market. Steinway & Co. makes these and, as you might expect, they are a favorite for many classical pianists.
The Concert Grand has a heavy touch that produces a very beautiful tone. This type of piano is for serious, experienced pianists. If you are talented, can afford the price and have plenty of space, then the concert grand is the piano for you.
A Baby Grand Piano Has A Lot Of Appeal
Baby Grands are usually about 2 feet shorter than the Concert Grand, approximately 5 to 6 feet in length. A smaller piano would indicate that a smaller space would suffice, but a smaller room might put a damper on the rich, melodious tone of the Baby Grand.
The Baby Grand is still an expensive choice. Again, if you have some money to spare and spacious living quarters, then a Baby Grand is an ideal choice.
The Upright Piano
Upright pianos are the most popular acoustic piano choice. Unlike the grand piano, the strings on the upright piano are positioned vertically instead of horizontally. As a result, the touch is lighter and the sound is somewhat softer. Many piano buyers select the upright piano because they are less expensive than the Grands and take up less space.
Buying A Digital Piano
Digital pianos have many advantages. A comparatively lower price, a compact size, portability and a selection of electronic add on features make the digital piano an attractive choice. You can record your performance, add multiple instruments to the keyboard sound, learn how to play interactively, etc. The drawbacks include a somewhat limited range and a less harmonious sound quality to the trained ear.
How to Choose
• How much are you willing to spend for a piano? If you have the money it might be tempting to purchase a Concert Grand. But that’s probably not a good idea if you are just starting to take lessons.
• Do you have enough room for the piano of your choice? You might prefer a Baby Grand but just don’t have the space for an instrument of that size. In that case, an upright piano might be your best solution.
• Touch and tone are really a matter of personal preference. You’ll need to visit a piano showroom for this and give some of the instruments a try before making a choice. Try pressing the keys. Is the sound pleasing to your ear? Are the keys responsive to your touch? Is the sound resounding enough when you press firmly on the keys? Is it softer when you give the keys a lighter touch?
• For grand pianos the length of the instrument is important, while height can be a major factor in selecting an upright piano. The rule of thumb is that the greater the length of the piano or the height, the better the tone and key action will be.
• When purchasing an acoustic piano, keep in mind that eventually it will go out of tune. You might want to purchase an instrument from a piano dealer that provides tuning services.
• You might want to ask a piano technician to help you with your decision. The advice of your piano teacher might also be beneficial. And you might find online reviews to be a useful resource, particularly if you are searching for a digital piano.
• It’s not easy to find a good reconditioned or refurbished piano. Reconditioned pianos usually go out of tune fairly soon, and the keys are often somewhat clunky and less responsive. If you do not have expert advice, it would be better avoid second hand pianos.
Probably the most important determinant of all is your commitment to the art of playing the piano. If you are unsure about your practice or you’re purchasing an instrument for an ambivalent child, you will want to be very careful in your choice of an instrument. If you are sincere in your desire and dedication, then you probably can’t make a poor choice and you will have many happy days of piano playing in the days ahead. come.