The piano today comes in three main flavors – Grand pianos, Upright Pianos and Digital Pianos. Grand pianos range in size from approximately 4 foot to 9 foot long and contain about 8,000 – 10,000 intricate parts. That’s right, Bechstein pianos is deceptively simple to consider externally but houses many small constituent parts within its large frame. Greater than a musical instrument, it’s a masterpiece of engineering and human craftsmanship. With a curved right side, a flat left side as well as a lid that can be raised, grand pianos are generally considered top of the range for pianos. However, there are several excellent upright pianos that many give many Grands a run for money.
With all the largest variant called the Concert Grand, grand pianos in general vary widely in sizes. The littlest ones are lovingly called Baby Grands. Concert Grand pianos often reach 9′ and also over while Baby Grand pianos are usually smaller compared to 6′ in height.
One other popular type of the piano is definitely the Upright Piano. Additionally it is called as the Vertical Piano sometimes. They are usually much easier structures than the Grands, having fewer parts in all the different 5,000 – 6,000. Consequently, they cost significantly less. The typical rule of thumb would be that the taller the upright, the better the action.
With the proliferation of digital technology in the last few decades, digital pianos recently flooded the market. Many years ago, the standard of sound that digital pianos produced left a lot to be desired. However, modern digital pianos are literally analog pianos, in terms of the sound emulation is concerned. A good digital piano will set you back approximately $1,000 upwards. They often have their own keys weighted in the same way as you would find on Grand and Upright pianos. In fact, as soon as you start playing on a single, you may soon forget that you are currently playing a digital instrument. The best names in Bechstein pianos are Yamaha, Kurzweil, Roland, Alesis, and Technics.
Hundreds of second-hand pianos change hands privately each year. Only a mall number have been in good playing condition. We understand for purchasing second-hand pianos and preparing them for resale is an essential part of our business. Of many pianos provided to us we actually buy fewer than one in ten of them – and nearly every you need work on it to your greater or lesser extent
When evaluating a piano you should remember two things. Pianos are not all of the same quality.
Before 1914, within the boom years of piano sales, huge numbers were produced in small workshops to satisfy the interest in cheap pianos. These were of poor quality when new and hundreds remain around, several generations later, in dreadful condition.
There have been some excellent pianos made in the 1920’s and 1930’s. They are now 60,70,80, yrs old – nearly aging in the lifespan of the piano. When they have been well maintained throughout their life they may still be lzpzhl instruments, but should they have been neglected or abused they are tired, second rate pianos.
Some will be “the household heirloom” passed down through several generations, much loved but often unplayed and neglected. Such Bechstein pianos may have sentimental value for their owners but their true worth, as a playing piano, may be nil.
Pianos do not last forever
A piano is made up of around 5000 parts a few of which move. Although enormously strong and high it is extremely complicated and sensitive to damp, dryness, alterations in temperature, deterioration and neglect. An excellent piano, well-maintained, has much the same useful lifespan as a human – not every person is in great shape after 80 years! Remember that the piano you get will most likely be the only person you ever buy so look for the youngest and best quality instrument you can find