The Advantages of Baby Grand Pianos
If you are a keen piano player, then you may have considered buying one of the excellent baby grand pianos that are available from leading manufacturers such as Yamaha. Baby grand pianos are a popular choice with professional musicians as, like the full size grand pianos, they have a horizontal action, which can provide more power and depth than upright pianos. Whatever musical genres you enjoy, playing baby grand pianos can offer superior quality and sound and, because they are much smaller than full size grand pianos (around four to five feet in length), they are also easier to fit into a home or private studio environment.
Baby Grand Pianos vs. Upright Pianos
All grand pianos have a horizontally long body and a lid that can be opened up by different degrees to project the sound of the piano. Vertical or Upright pianos also have lids, but these are really only designed to provide access to the internal workings and typically stay closed when the instrument is in use. The strings of a baby grand piano are much longer than those of most modern upright pianos and this provides a much richer, fuller sound. This is why professional musicians prefer these instruments. However, it is important to note that all pianos vary in terms of price and quality.
Is an Upright Piano Worth Considering ?
Some top of the range upright pianos can produce a superior sound to a lower quality baby grand. This is why it is so important to test play each piano fully before you consider buying it so you can be sure you are getting the best sound for your money. During the 1930s many piano manufacturers in Germany and the USA made upright pianos as tall as six feet – they were strung diagonally and due to their string length, the sound was superb. If one of these vintage instruments can be located in excellent condition it is worth consideration – inspection by a professional technician is a must-do.
Which To Choose ?
Upright pianos are a much more practical choice for a home environment as they take up much less space and can be placed back against a wall out of the way. However, if you can afford a good quality baby grand piano and you have the space available, then this is a wonderful instrument that can enrich your piano playing.
Baby Grand Pianos vs. Electric Keyboards
The piano is a very popular instrument as it is fairly easy to learn to play to a moderate skill level. The piano is also very versatile, and you can use it for composing, practicing, and performing. If you are just starting out, then you will not be able to use a baby grand to its full potential so it can be a much better idea to buy a small keyboard. Even top-of-the-range electronic keyboards cannot hope to match the richness of sound from a baby grand piano, but when you have started to achieve a good level of skill, then baby grand pianos can provide you with a wonderful instrument on which to further develop your technique. The beautiful, full sound of a baby grand piano will encourage you to practice and achieve your potential as a musician.
As a special treat here is a Youtube of Jazz Legends, Oscar Peterson and Count Basie – they are not on Baby Grands, but on two concert Bosendorfers.
For a more in depth look at the acoustics of Grand Pianos, please visit Wikipedia
Following are links to some of the most famous Grand and Baby Grand Piano manufacturers.
Bosendorfer is probably the oldest [ 1828 ] and most respected of all the piano manufacturers and is now wholly owned by Yamaha.
Bechstein was founded in 1853 in Berlin Germany.
Schimmel was founded in 1885 in Leipzig, Germany
Steinway has had factories in Hamburg, Germany and New York, USA since the 1850’s and are famous for their dedication to quality.
Bluthner was founded in Leipzig in 1853
They had very strong competition from the USA company Baldwin until 2008 when sadly, piano production ceased.