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Why is a grand piano better than an upright for the serious pianist?

Updated: Sep 12, 2018

By Stewart Kelly


If you had to answer this question in one word it would be gravity. In a grand piano the pull of gravity helps return the hammer to a position where the note can be struck again faster than the vertical way it must return in an upright. That gives you a better touch and more control.


The other obvious point is that all but the smallest grand pianos have bigger soundboard areas and longer string lengths than any upright meaning they have a much fuller tone and offer a bigger dynamic range.


If you are a serious player and are constricted to a small space like an apartment, the good news is that the best uprights still offer a fulfilling playing experience with rich tone and a touch that still gives you plenty of command.



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