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Here's your primer on piano sizes

I just returned from "tuning" a digital piano. No, I didn't tune it, because a digital piano does not usually need tuning, and if it does, it's time to buy a new one. I did check out the loose damper pedal, though, and will be ordering a new part for the digital piano.

That being said, I thought it might be helpful to show the different sizes of pianos available and discuss briefly their perks or nonperks.

First is the Spinet Piano.

These were made right after WWII and on into the 70's. They are very short because all of the playing mechanism is underneath the keys. This is called "drop action". Spinets are great if you live in an apartment, and don't want to put much money into a piano. They don't sound the greatest because the strings are so short.

Next is the Console Piano.

A bit taller than a Spinet. The playing mechanism is above the keys and the strings are a bit longer, which means it sounds a bit better.

Next is the upright.

Many of you have seen uprights made in the 1920's. They are tall, heavy duty work machines. These days they are still tall, but not as heavy. The strings are longer than the Spinet or Console, so the sound is better.

Last is the beloved Grand.

You can get what I call a Fetus Grand (5'ish) up to a Baby Grand (6-7') up to a Concert Grand (9'). The larger you go, the better the sound.

I'm including a picture of a piano for those of you who like to drive and play piano at the same time.

Then we're into the Digital Pianos/Keyboards....but that's a different post.

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