The full-size grand piano ranges in size from approximately 5'8" to
about 9'. The larger models are usually referred to as "concert
grands" and are primarily used for specifically that purpose -
concert halls and large spaces. The grand piano provides the ultimate
in piano experience and performance.
- The difference between a grand and baby grand is sound. To the
distinguishing ear, the sound is much larger, more robust, more resonant
than any other style of piano - the bass notes are very large and
seem to come from everywhere, the high notes seem to sing. The strings
of the grand piano are unmistakably longer than on other models of
pianos and this gives them their "grand" sound.
- Like the baby grand piano, the horizontal orientation of the strings
places the action in a position below the strings instead of horizontal
to them. The result is that the action design on the grand pianos
is faster than the action on the vertical pianos. The faster action
results in more accuracy when playing the piano.
- The soundboard is larger and is horizontal. The larger the soundboard
the bigger and more resonant the sound. With the lid of the piano
open, the grand piano is capable of projecting this sound from the
top and bottom of the piano. This feature makes the grand piano more
suitable in large rooms and spaces.
- In concert situations, grand pianos are most suitable for the application
of microphones when the sound of the piano needs to be amplified electronically.
The grand piano is in a class of it's own. For the sound quality, the
grand is the premier choice. Any piano tuner will tell you, when purchasing
a piano, choose the largest piano you can fit in your space and that
your budget will afford. The grand piano commands attention, it sings
like no other piano, it calls to the music lover in all of us.