A grand piano has always been viewed as a symbol of class in anyone’s home. The sleek design and polished aesthetics add a look of luxury to any room and when played in the perfect space it can create a phenomenal sound that travels magnificently through your home. There is an unmatched sound that comes from a grand piano that no other type of piano can produce because of the size of the piano itself. Although digital pianos can simulate a sound close to that of an acoustic piano, the grand piano has a fuller sound that cannot be recreated on an instrument of a different size.

What makes a grand piano sound different from other pianos?

Grand pianos need a stable environment to stand in where the temperature and outside elements cannot affect and alter their sound ability. Moving it around into rooms with unstable humidity levels can cause the piano to lose its tune due to rusty strings, sticky mechanisms, and soundboard deterioration.

The soundboard of a grand piano is much larger than other pianos and this gives the sound its volume due to the dynamic vibrations it can create in the air because of the size and space that the strings have to move in. Unlike conventional pianos that produce sound through the back, the grand piano pushes the sound through the top using gravity to emit sound waves created by vibrations in the air.

The fascinating world inside of a piano. Damon Groves is the Head Piano Technician at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He has been maintaining and rebuilding pianos for the past twelve years. He has had the pleasure of working with many of the world’s best pianists including Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, Chick Corea, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Helene Grimaud, and Yuja Wang.

When it comes to baby grand pianos the only difference between them and the larger grand piano is the length. The longer length of the grand piano produces a fuller and larger volume of sound that can easily travel across a wide-open space whereas baby grand pianos will produce a similar sounding effect meant for a much smaller space.

The soundboard can be found in the actual case of the grand piano and it is made out of wood to produce the full sound that grand pianos make. It is the amplifier that tunes the vibrations of the strings into a similar volume level as a loudspeaker without distorting the sound the way a piece of electronic equipment would when it is made out of metal.

Once strings are struck by the hammer, the soundboard uses the vibrations and turns them into audible sounds at various frequencies. This type of sound can only be created with a grand piano because of the way all the pieces lay horizontally and push the sounds up instead of forward as it does with normal upright pianos which are usually placed against a wall.

The sound of a piano will always be dependent on the space in which it is played. The larger space, the more the sound volume can be amplified to showcase the complete fullness of the sound that it was intended to emit and even though baby grand and upright pianos make for much more convenient use in a normal home, the grand piano will always produce the better sound so if it is sound that you are after then this investment piece will not disappoint.

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