Vertical or Upright Pianos

The upright piano gave individuals with smaller homes and smaller budgets the opportunity to have a piano of their own. No longer did people have to own a large house with large rooms to have a good piano.

The Upright piano has been much maligned in recent years. You have heard some people say, "I have an old upright piano and I want to get rid of it and get a smaller one." What most people do not know is that the true "big old upright" was and is a much better instrument than its smaller and shorter contemporaries. The longer you can get the strings and the larger soundboard surface that you have, the better sound the instrument is capable of producing. Most of the true uprights have longer length strings than the so called "Baby Grand".

Many lovely upright pianos have been confined to a back room or the storeroom because someone thought that they were no longer useful. These pianos were ornate in their construction and had a wonderful voice. Many times people who inherited or acquired these pianos thought the sound of them should be "Honky-Tonk". This was only because the instruments had not been tuned in too long. They really had the same capability of sound of the modern pianos except they were not tuned.

When I talk about an "upright" piano, I am referring to what is called the "Full Upright" or the "Upright Grand". This term was used by the manufacturers to say that the instrument had the tonal qualities of a "grand" piano. I do not refer here to the smaller vertical pianos known by size as Spinet, Console, Studio Consoles, or Studio. Today those words do not mean much because the manufacturers designate their smaller instruments in inches of string or plate height.








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