Grand and Baby Grand Pianos
A piano is an acoustic instrument that has internal strings. Hammers inside the piano strike the strings when a player presses the pianos' keys, creating a resonant sound. Grand pianos and baby grand pianos will both allow you to play beautiful music.
What's the difference between a grand and baby grand piano?
A fundamental feature that separates a grand piano from a baby grand piano is size. A grand model piano will generally be longer than 5 feet in length. A baby grand piano is built to be shorter than 5 feet in length. Because of the grand piano's increased size, its strings are also longer. The result is that this type of piano is generally has a slightly deeper tonality to its audio output.
Who makes these type of pianos?
Grand pianos and baby grand pianos are produced by several makers. Some of the companies that make these types of pianos are:
- Mason and Hamlin
- Steinway and Sons
What colors do these pianos come in?
Pianos can be found in just about any color you might be looking for. From a classic ebony to a vibrant pink or from sparkling gold to blond wood, there is something for just about everyone as far as the color of your baby grand or grand piano goes.
How should a grand or baby grand piano be cleaned?
Proper care and maintenance of a piano largely consists of cleaning it properly. There are a few easy steps to follow to ensure you are cleaning your instrument completely and correctly:
- Dust the piano keys every few days. By doing this on a regular basis, you'll prevent dust from settling into crevices, the soundboard, or any moving components.
- To clean the keys further, use a clean, white, and non-abrasive cloth. Dampen the cloth with water or a diluted all-purpose cleaner. In circular motions, clean a small set of keys at a time and then immediately go back over them with a dry cloth.
- Clean only a small section of the piano body at a time. If your piano is made of wood, do not use an all-purpose cleaner. Use water or a wood specific cleaner in these instances and rub in the direction of the wood grain.
- To clean the soundboard and filaments, use a vacuum that has a blowing function or a can of compressed air. It is important to clean these items with extreme caution and care. When blowing debris from them with your tool of choice, do not touch them. Instead, hold the vacuum nozzle or compressed air nozzle a few inches from the strings or other interior components.