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Upright Pianos

 

A more affordable price, less space requirements, and a lighter weight are all attractive factors of uprights to families, schools, churches and organizations.

Action

As the name suggests, in upright pianos, the frame and strings are placed vertically. Therefore, the hammers have to move horizontally to strike the strings and return to their resting position.

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Size of Upright Pianos

There are various heights, finishes, and cabinets in upright pianos to meet your needs. The height of an upright piano is measured from the floor to the top of the piano. The size (height & width) of the piano is probably the most important factor influencing the tone quality and volume. The taller the piano, the longer the strings the bigger the soundboard, both of which produce a louder sound. A spinet piano is the shortest of all the uprights, standing between 35" to 39" tall, and has the lowest cost. The next size is the console piano which ranges from 40" to 43". A step up from the console is the studio piano which stands 44" to 48" tall and due to its sturdy character is the most common piano found in schools, studios and living rooms. Then there are professional uprights ("full size") with heights ranging from 48" to 52" tall. Some of these tall uprights have longer strings and larger soundboards than some of the smaller grand pianos.

 

Models

Each brand has its own names for its own models, but essentially almost all upright piano models are classified by the height.

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