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What’s an Upright Piano?
The Different Types of Upright Pianos
How Much Does an Upright Piano Weight?
What Size is an Upright Piano?
What are Differences between a Grand Piano and an Upright Piano?
Regardless of the brand, the sound of any piano falling down a staircase is the stuff of nightmares for piano movers. Whether it’s a Kawai piano, Steinway & Sons piano, or one of the many reasonably-priced Yamaha pianos, all piano brands tend to make hefty musical instruments.
This is probably more important than you think it is.
Acoustic pianos are the pianos you’re probably used to seeing and there are two main types of acoustic piano: the upright piano and the grand piano. both of which, unlike digital pianos, have physical parts which require tuning by either piano technicians or a piano tuner.
These instruments include hammers which strike strings, a cast iron plate, a soundboard, and keys. All these physical moving parts are what tends to make them so heavy.
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Let me first give you a quick crash course on the piano as a musical instrument:
Firstly, the piano is a polyphonic stringed instrument. Polyphonic means it can play more than one note at the same time. Instruments that can’t are known as monophonic.
To keep things simple, we’re going to call the piano a stringed instrument (because it has strings). Some argue that the piano should be considered as a percussion instrument since these strings are physically struck using hammers. If you’ve used pianos before, you’ll know what we’re talking about.
The name piano comes from the pianoforte, the original 18th-century instrument which inspired it. The pianoforte gets its name from its ability to vary the volume of the notes it produces: This is because you can play a piano softly (piano) or loudly (forte).
In addition to being able to change a notes volume, you can also change its duration. A note also be stopped by releasing the key thanks to the damper or elongated to naturally decay thanks to the sustain pedal.
Anyway… As I said before, there are two main types. Let’s start with the upright piano…