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To choose a grand piano that will fit in with your lifestyle and your home, you first need to decide where you are going to place the piano. A grand piano is a delicate instrument and a fine piece of furniture and should be treated as such.
The average width of a grand piano is about 5 feet and the length can vary from 4′ 8" feet to 9 feet. The smallest grand piano will need a floor space allotment of 5 feet in width by 7 feet in length including space for the bench. To measure a grand piano, start at the very front of the keyboard and measure back to the farthest end of the piano tail, and have the lid closed while you are measuring.
There are a number of types of grand pianos and they are based on length. The petite baby, or small, grand piano is from 4’8" to 5 feet. A baby grand piano ranges from 5′ feet to 5’6", a parlor or living room grand measure from 5’6" to 5’11". A grand piano ranges from 6′ to 7′, a semi-concert grand piano ranges from 7′ to 7’9" and a concert grand is 9′.
The strings and soundboard in a grand piano are positioned horizontally. When a piano key is pressed, the hammer attached to the key strikes the strings to produce the musical sound. The length of the strings and the size of the soundboard affect the sound, or tonal quality, of the piano. Since sound is the most important element you will want to begin your search for a grand piano by starting with the largest size piano you can comfortably fit into your space. The sound of your grand piano will naturally be affected by the size of the room and the acoustic qualities therein.
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