How to Choose a Grand Piano

15 December 2015
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Like any major purchase, choosing a grand piano can seem a little daunting unless you already have a favourite type or brand.  There are many to choose from and all come with a high quality standard.  So how do you choose one among the many that will be perfect for your home and your musical skills?

Piano basics

Buying a grand piano may be a big investment but these instruments loose little in the way of depreciation over time and can easily last three or four decades when cared for properly.  There can be a temptation to go for the cheapest grand piano you can find but by spending as much as you can on the instrument, you will get a number of benefits.  Firstly, you will get a fine quality instrument that will be easy to use.  Secondly it will be easy to maintain by a piano tuner due to its quality.  Thirdly, if you do come to sell it, you will get the best return on your investment.

The other main consideration before making a purchase is space.  The grand piano ranges from five to nine feet in size whereas a vertical piano is around 36 to 51 inches high and around five by two feet.  Not only do you need the room to place the piano but also to get access to it to play it so the actual size needed will always be more than the size of the instrument.

Choosing a brand

Sometimes you can select by the size of the piano but another approach is to look at the brand then choose from within their ranges.  By choosing piano makers that have been independently reviewed by other piano players, you can feel more confident that you will get a good product that will last.

One long established brand with an full range of instruments are Kawai pianos.  Kawai is a Japanese company who has been making pianos since 1927 and sell them all around the world.  Their range include grand pianos, uprights as well as electronic keyboards and synthesizers. 

Another well-known name in the business are the Ronisch pianos.  These are one of the oldest piano makers in the world, having been founded in Germany in 1845.  Their ranges include both grand and upright pianos and even offer a restoration service for their instruments.

Making a choice

Ultimately there is no right and wrong with choosing a piano as long as you are happy with the instrument.  However by choosing a top quality brand, you can be even more confident in your purchase.