Upright Piano

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Upright PianoThe upright piano is just one of many versions of this venerable instrument. It has changed a lot during its long history of use, and modern pianos are available in many different styles. You have grands, uprights, player pianos, and digital pianos. Then there are the hundreds of high-tech keyboards and synths, which, if not actual pianos, are capable of mimicking it somewhat. Those electronic pianos might be a lot easier to move up a flight or two of stairs, and while some of the fancier ones might come close, nothing can match the tone of a real acoustic piano.

But what’s a cramped flat-dweller to do? There are lots of reasons why one might want a piano. It’s one of the most popular and long-lasting musical instruments to ever exist, and its versatility can’t be beat. Unfortunately, there are also lots of reasons why one might not actually get a piano. They’re certainly not portable; and a serious concert grand can get quite expensive. Not everyone has an entire spacious room to devote to a huge piano, and that’s where the vertical piano comes in.

Like any other piano, a vertical piano uses hammers, usually covered with felt, to strike the strings inside. The strings then cause the piano’s wooden soundboard to vibrate, producing sound. One of the key features of a piano is that the hammer rebounds after it hits, allowing the string to keep vibrating. Many pianos have a sustain pedal that lifts the hammers from all of the strings and a damper pedal that mutes them.

Unlike the strings of a standard piano, the strings in an upright piano are strung vertically. The hammers move horizontally; they rebound using springs rather than gravity. It takes up far less space than even a baby grand; the smaller footprint and greater height make it perfect for placement along a wall. It’s still not easy to move one, but it’s not as bad as it could be.

There are certain drawbacks to upright pianos, namely the lack of volume and possibly a smaller range of notes. The small case of an upright piano may not be able to produce the rich tone and volume of a grand, but in a small space that doesn’t really matter. And a full size grand will of course have more keys. Even so, most vertical pianos have 7 octaves, and that’s more than Mozart had on some of his instruments.

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