A grand piano can be a huge investment, and can provide a powerhouse of musical sound to impress your friends. But a grand piano isn't for everyone. Some potential sticking points include price and size. Here are some of the pros and cons to consider when you're choosing between a grand piano and something a little more compact.
Pro: Grand pianos have the best sound
There's a reason why professional pianists use grand pianos and why these pianos are present in every half-decent orchestra pit. It's because grand pianos have the best sound, playing quality, and volume of any type of piano. And since grand pianos are basically the most expensive piano type, there's no reason for manufacturers to skimp on quality.
Con: You may need a really big house
If you do want to buy a grand piano, though, you need to consider where you'll place it and where you'll play it. Not only do you need to be able to get it into your house, but you need to have a very large space available to set the piano up. And since the piano is so loud, you'll need this to be a separate room from your main living space.
In addition, the huge voice of a grand piano sounds best in a really large space (and not the basement; grand pianos need strict temperature and humidity control). If you can't think of a large room you could dedicate to the piano, you may want to consider a smaller model.
Pro: Grand pianos are great to practice on
Since they tend to be a top-of-the-line type of piano, grand pianos can offer an amazing experience not just for performances but for practicing as well. A practice session on a terrible-sounding instrument can make you feel really discouraged, and the reverse can also be true. Practicing on an amazing instrument like a grand piano can be a real confidence booster.
Con: Grand pianos aren't always great with kids
If you have small children in your home, or if your primary reason for getting a piano is for your child to practice on, you may want to start with a smaller, less expensive model. A grand piano may be intimidating for a five-year-old, and may lose its value more quickly if it's around children a lot and suffers from the inevitable dings and scratches and stains.
Pro: Grand pianos are the best on the market
The bottom line is that although some brands are better than others, a grand piano is generally considered the best style of piano for both sound and playability. If you can afford one and have a large, safe, climate-controlled space in your home for it, you should seriously consider choosing this type of piano.
As you can see, a grand piano may be an excellent investment in your musical future. Contact your local piano dealers today to learn more.