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DescriptionPiano TypeSize
First of two basic categories:
A piano whose strings run from the top to the bottom.
Four Basic Types
Popular choice of people with limited living space; downside - 'lost motion,' meaning it has less power and accuracy due to its size and constructionHeight 36 - 38 inches
Width 58 inches
Comes in various styles and finishes; made with a direct action, thus producing more enhanced tonesHeight 40 - 43 inches
Width 58 inches
Often used in music schools; its larger soundboard and longer strings, produces a good tone quality and makes it very durableHeight 45 - 48 inches
Width 58 inches
Largest of first category; when cared for properly, it stands the test of time and maintains its rich toneHeight 50 - 60 inches
Width 58 inches
Second of two basic categories:
A piano having the strings strung in a horizontal harp-shaped frame supported usually on three legs
Six Basic Types
Produce finer tones, have the most responsive key action
Smallest of second category, small but powerful, but with exaggerated timbres, i.e. inferior acoustics4 ft 5 in to 4 ft 10 in
Also has exaggerated timbres that can vary with dynamics, or even across the octaves4 ft 11 in to 5 ft 6 in
Popular due to its sound quality, aesthetic appeal and affordability; tone similar to the largest of this category5 ft 7 in
Next size up5 ft 9 in to 6 ft 1 in
Next size up6 ft 2 in to 7 ft
Largest of the pianos; produces enough sound to be used in large venues9 ft

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