Grand vs. Baby Grand Pianos: What You Need To Know

     The piano is a classical instrument that adds a touch of class to any home. Those who know how to play are often soothed not only by the peaceful music the instrument produces, but also by the act of playing itself. Whether you've been playing for years, or are interested in starting up, purchasing a piano is a life-changing choice. One of the biggest decisions is what style of piano to purchase: upright, grand, or baby grand are all styles and can add class to your home. For this article, we discuss grand vs. baby grand pianos, what you need to know when purchasing them, and how to get the most value out of your instrument.

Grand Vs. Baby Grand Pianos: What you Need to Know

As their names suggest, the most obvious difference between grand and baby grand pianos is size. While different manufacturers have different measurements, the primary differences are as follows:

Grand Pianos are 2.75-3.05M

Baby Grand Pianos are 1.5-1.68M

Keep the size of your home in mind when looking at piano styles. You want to make sure you have enough room to place both the instrument and the playing bench comfortably for easy access and to keep your home from appearing over-crowded.

The "voices" of the pianos are very similar, but there are subtle tonal differences between the two styles that piano aficionados will notice right away. Baby Grand pianos have been said to sound marginally higher than full sized grands, with less tonal spectrum due to the shortened string length. If you have a large home and plan to use your piano on a regular basis for performances at your home, a grand is the better investment. But if you just plan to play casually, or don't have enough space for a full-sized grand, a baby grand will be acoustically the same as its larger cousin. While larger sized baby grands will produce a fuller sound, there isn't much tonal difference overall accept to those with classically trained ears.

Cost Differences

Aside from size, another factor to consider when purchasing a piano is the price range. Any style of piano is a large investment, but grands and baby grands are considered top of the line so they are often more money than a regular upright. Baby grands can run in price ranges from $5,900- $14,800, while full-sized grands can range from $11,000- $110,000. Shop around different piano stores to make sure you get the best value for the piano, and if you're on a budget ask about payment plans when making your purchase.

Additional Tips

Caring for a piano is just as important as the decision to purchase one. When making your final decisions, keep the following things in mind:

If choosing a baby grand due to lower cost, make sure you purchase a high-quality instrument and find the longest model possible to avoid the "tin" sound of an electric piano.

Watch the levels of humidity in your home and keep the temperature even. Pianos are sensitive to drastic changes in both and if the lid will be up on the instrument this exposes the delicate cords and interior parts to those climate changes.

Measure stairwells, doorways, floor space and ceiling height in your home before you begin shopping. Knowing this information will guarantee you find a piano that fits comfortably inside your home. Also keep in mind space for the playing bench.

Whether you purchase a full-sized grand, or a smaller baby grand, a piano is an accessory that will add style, class, and beautiful music to any home it resides in.

Article Source :

Coby McGibbons is the business operations consultant for Prestige Pianos and Organs . To view our full range of pianos and organs on sale now, go to

Posted on 2013-12-01, By: *

* Click on the author's name to view their profile and articles!!!

Note: The content of this article solely conveys the opinion of its author.

Animated RSS Symbol for the ABC Article Directory rss category feed ... Get Every New Music Article Delivered Instantly!

Facebook Comments

Cartoon image of a figure holding a magnifying glass looking for articles in the ABC Article Directory

Still Searching? Last Chance to find what you're looking for with a Google Custom Search!

Custom Search

Or.... You can search this site using our Bing Custom Search!


Did You Like/Dislike This Article? Give It YOUR Rating!

Please Rate this Article

No Ratings Yet. Be The First To Rate This Article

/EDF Publishing. All rights reserved. Script Services by: Sustainable Website Design
Use of our free service is protected by our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service Contact Us

User published content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License
Increase your website traffic with


Powered by ABC Article Directory

Create a Mobile Website
View Site in Mobile | Classic
Share by: