Primary Piano Resources

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The term piano resources could be interpreted in many ways. In this article, the focus will be resources that enable you to better understand the history and different types of pianos available. The latter is useful information for anyone wanting to purchase a piano.

Some of the more common brands of pianos
include the American company
Steinway & Sons (,
Bösendorfer  (,
Bechstein (
and Yamaha (

Bösendorfer and Steinway & Sons are older pianos, having
been found in 1828 and 1853 respectively. Bechstein was founded closely after
in 1856. Other great manufacturers include Baldwin and Heintzman & Co.
Ltd., with founding dates of 1862 and 1866 respectively. As for Yamaha, its
first piano saw the light of day in 1900.

For a list of the many different sizes of pianos to choose
from, you should check out
for a list of grand piano sizes, and
for upright sizes.

Once you’ve picked a piano, start creating your own resource
and reference lists. For example, a piano tuner of quality is essential. Pianos
should really be tuned annually or even more frequently than that, depending on
how much they’re played and where they are located. Most of my colleagues pick
their tuners by word of mouth. In the final analysis, an effective tuner has a
comfortable blend of efficiency and affordability.

The same can be said for piano movers. These companies
usually specialize in moving pianos and are able to even disassemble and
reassemble pianos for a move to a tight fitting area (like a basement). Again,
asking around is essential, as a careless mover can cause damage to both your
piano and to your home. Usually, a retail dealer will offer shipping of a piano
in the price of the purchase. However, you have to do your own research when,
for example, moving to a new house or location.

There are websites that explore piano brands and their
merits, although picking a piano is a very personal choice. Your best bet is to
find a piano that you believe is beautiful, both in tone and appearance, and
then hire a trusted tuner or piano technician to come with you to determine if
your ‘dream’ piano is in good condition. By the way, if you’re interested in
some sites that discuss different brands, here are some links:


Finally, make sure that you have enough room in your home to
accommodate your new piano. It would not be a pleasant experience if you found
out that your newly purchased baby grand piano didn’t quite fit into the corner
of the living room like you thought it would! You really have to use a tape
measure and carefully calculate whether or not a particular size of piano will
fit within a certain area. Aesthetically, you also want to make sure that a
piano does not overpower a room, both look-wise and sound-wise.

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