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Grand pianos and upright pianos: what’s the difference?

You might think that all pianos are the same, having a combination of black and white keys and producing soulful sounds. Well, you need correction! Though all pianos have the same function, they are not the same. Today, we’ll be looking at the differences between grand pianos and upright pianos. 

The first pianos were named grand pianos simply because of their size. Upright pianos, on the other hand, came 80 years after the grand, having a compact design and costing less than their predecessors.

Because of their large size, grand pianos have larger soundboards and longer strings than uprights. The build of both these pianos imparts them a contrasting tonality. Moreover, while grand pianos emit sound from above, uprights produce from the back end.

Another major difference between the two is their “action.” Action refers to the action of the hammer, striking the strings when a key is pressed. The strings in grand pianos are mounted horizontally whereas, in upright pianos, the strings are mounted vertically. This impacts the key repetition (especially when a pianist plays trills), which is smoother and faster in grand pianos than uprights.

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If you are planning to buy a grand or an upright piano, Morris Brothers Piano has got you covered. We have a wide range of brands and pianos for you to choose from.

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