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August 17, 2015

What to consider when purchasing your first piano

by Author

Pianos are one of the most versatile musical instruments available. They are both beautiful décor pieces and alluring instruments that create beautiful sounds. Incorporating a piano into your home will not only add beauty and elegance to your estate, but will also bring the joy of music into your life. Best of all, pianos are ideal for beginners and experts, and can be mastered by any age group.

Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto, the exclusive representative for Steinway & Sons for the Greater Toronto Area and a Hammond International preferred affiliate, sells only the finest pianos, and it will help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Each Steinway & Sons piano is hand-crafted, taking approximately a year to complete. 

Choosing the right piano can be a very rewarding experience for an informed buyer, however if you are about to purchase your first piano, you may be unsure about what to look for. Price and brand are important, but there’s more to it than that. This brief guide will assist you in selecting the right piano based on your specific needs.  

Grand or Vertical

Grand pianos can range anywhere from 5 to 9 feet and generally produce a richer, fuller sound. Vertical pianos are much smaller in length, but are taller and can be anywhere from 36 to 51 inches in height. Other than physical appearance and size, the big difference between these two pianos is the position of the soundboard. In a grand piano, the soundboard and strings are positioned horizontally, but in a vertical piano, they are positioned, well vertically.

Because the sound quality and volume are directly related to the size of the piano’s soundboard and the length of its strings, the grand piano sounds better.


Where the piano will be placed will help determine what size piano you should purchase. If the room is small, a vertical piano will complement it nicely. But if you want a piano for a large, open room, a grand will be more suitable. Plush carpets, drapes and upholstered furniture can also absorb sound, taking away from the volume of the piano. Conversely, wood floors and tiles will boost its sound.


Pianos come in many different sizes and styles, and it is important to think about the décor in your house as well as the style of the piano cabinet, the music rack, leg design, colour and the overall look of the piano.


The resistance of piano keys can vary just as much as design. A more responsive piano will allow for greater ease of playing and tonal expression, but some people prefer playing with firmer keys.  

Now that you have a better idea about what to look for, visit Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto and experience the incomparable sound of a hand-made Steinway today. And, for any luxury real estate needs, look no further than Hammond International Properties. We provide all our clients with ‘white glove’ services and deliver results that surpass expectations.