The Many Different Styles, Sizes & Shapes of Pianos

You may have heard of grand and upright pianos, but did you know that there are a number of other sizes and styles of pianos? As experts in moving pianos for St Paul and the surrounding areas, we are quite familiar with different types of pianos and their unique needs. That’s why we’ve put together an easy to use outline of the different types and sizes of pianos. That way, when it’s time to move your piano, you’ll know how to seek the right moving services for your specific instrument.piano movers st paul

Horizontal or Grand Pianos

Grand pianos are referred to as horizontal pianos because of their length and the placement of their strings. Grand pianos are said to produce finer tones and have the most responsive key action. There are six different types of horizontal or grand pianos. Listed from smallest to largest, these include:

  • Petite Grand. The smallest of the horizontal pianos, ranging in size from 4’ 5” to 4’ 10”. It may be small but it still sounds mighty!
  • Baby Grand. One of the most popular types of piano; it in size from 4’ 11” to 5’ 6”. Baby grands are popular because of their sound quality, aesthetics and affordability.
  • Medium Grand. Slightly larger than the baby grand.
  • Parlor Grand. Ranges from 5’ 9” to 6’ 1” in size. Also called living room grand piano.
  • Semiconcert/Ballroom. Slightly larger than the parlor grand.
  • Concert Grand. At around 9’, it is the largest of the grand pianos.

Vertical Pianospiano moving

Referred to vertical pianos due to their height and position of their strings. Here are the different types:

  • Upright. The tallest among the vertical pianos, with a height ranging from 50 to 60 inches and an approximate width of 62 inches. This is a classic piano and when cared for properly, stands the test of time and maintains its rich tone.
  • Studio. What is usually seen in music schools and music studios. It is around 45 to 48 inches in height.
  • Console. Slightly larger than the spinet, ranging from 40 to 43 inches tall. This type of piano comes in various styles and finishes.
  • Spinet. 36 to 38 inches in height and an approximate width of 58 inches. They are the smallest of the pianos and a popular choice for those with limited space.

And, these are the many wonderful piano types out there! In addition to the dimensions, different styles of pianos can also vary in their number of pedals and sometimes, their number of keys. To learn more about pianos and about moving pianos in the St Paul area, please call 763-784-8123 or fill out our online form for a free estimate.

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