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Grand Pianos

 

The grand piano is simply beautiful, in form and sound. And this is why grand pianos have become more popular over the years and are loved by families for generations. While upright pianos have a boxy look which makes it more aesthetically pleasing for them to be placed near a wall, grand pianos have more elegant classical look and can fit basically anywhere as long as there is enough space.

Action

In grand pianos, the frame and strings are placed horizontally. Therefore, unlike upright pianos, the hammers lie beneath the strings and move up to strike the strings, and return to their resting position. This means the movement of the keys, actions, and hammers are all in-line with gravity which helps to produce faster repetition and better control. You can watch the demonstration video to see how grand piano's action works.

Video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=01DBtig_Fgw

   

Size of Grand Pianos

 

Grand pianos also range in size (length) and finish. The length of a grand piano is measured from the very front of the keyboard end to the very back of the piano. The smallest grand is called the baby grand and can start at 5' and go to 5'2". The baby grand has gained popularity for its small size and usually fits into living rooms. The next size up is the medium grand which runs from 5'3" to 7'2" and has much larger soundboard with longer strings. Usually when the piano is longer in length, it is more expensive. The medium grand is the favorite of piano teachers for the tone and the volume it produces. Music schools, universities and serious amateurs also favor the medium grand. The largest grand is the concert grand, which usually runs over seven to nine feet long. These pianos are mostly used in concert halls, theaters, auditoriums, public performances, and churches.

Models

Each brand has its own names for its own models, but essentially almost all grand piano models are classified by their size.