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Upright vs Grand Piano: Difference

15 May 2023

Grand Piano

Grand pianos have long been considered a sign of sophistication and elegance. When expertly crafted, a grand piano is a stunning and powerful instrument that makes a stylish addition to any home, performance space, or concert hall. However, creating a grand piano of the highest caliber with an excellent tone takes time and in-depth instrument expertise. The top grand piano makers, including Steinway & Sons Grand Pianos, Yamaha Pianos, and Bechstein, have been honing their craft for generations.

Grand pianos come in various sizes, from tiny baby grands to enormous concert grand pianos. Each grand piano size provides distinctive tonal characteristics and is ideal for multiple uses. What distinguishes a grand piano from an upright piano can be something you’re considering if you’re in the market for a new one.

Upright Piano

Uprights are much more compact and frequently less expensive than grand pianos. As a result, they are popular among music students and a mainstay at educational institutions around the globe. Additionally, due to their small size, they can be easily positioned in a corner or next to a wall, making them a popular addition to many living rooms.

The Spinet, Console, and Studio are three varieties of upright pianos, each with a distinctive sound and size. The tiniest piano available is the Spinet. Spinet pianos are classified as dropped action pianos since they include many moving elements. Decreased action describes the hammer-like key-striking motion.

Grand vs. Upright Prices

Grand and upright both offer their own unique advantages, they also come with different price points to consider. Grand pianos are normally big and more expensive than upright pianos. This is due to their superior sound quality and overall construction. Grand pianos are often used in concert halls and by professional musicians, making them a popular choice for those who want the best sound. However, an upright piano may be the way to go if you are a beginner or simply looking for a more affordable option. These pianos are smaller and more compact, making them a great choice for those with limited space. They are also more affordable than grand pianos, making them a popular choice for students and hobbyists alike. Ultimately, the choice between a grand and an upright piano will depend on your needs, budget, and personal preferences



Grand pianos are usually larger and pricier than uprights because of their exceptional sound quality and construction. As a result, they’re the preferred choice of professional musicians and are commonly found in concert halls. Generally, professional musicians prefer to buy grand pianos.

The upright pianos might be a better fit if you’re a beginner or looking for an affordable option. These pianos are smaller and more compact, perfect for those with limited space. Additionally, they’re usually more budget-friendly than grand pianos, which makes them popular among students and hobbyists. 


With performance in mind, grand piano actions have evolved, not considering reducing space. The force of gravity pulls the hammer back to its resting position as the downward keystroke launches it straight up into the strings. This offers exceptionally fast repetition to meet the needs of demanding players when set up correctly by a qualified piano technician. An upright piano’s motion is condensed into a vertical configuration. This saves space, although concessions were made in the piano’s response. The variations in touch and responsiveness between the two are apparent when both types of motions are appropriately controlled.



On the grand, the left pedal, sometimes known as the “soft pedal” or “una corda pedal,” moves everything to the right. This reduces the volume while subtly altering the piano’s tone. The upright’s left pedal softens the volume without changing the instrument’s tone; it merely brings the hammers closer to the strings. The sostenuto pedal on the grand piano lifts the dampers, keeping them away from the strings and allowing some notes to be played continuously. The middle pedal, however, is called the muffler pedal in an upright. A tiny piece of felt is sandwiched between the hammers and strings, muzzling the sound when pressed.

Sound Transmission

A grand piano’s horizontal form creates an open area underneath the instrument where the soundboard can resonate. Since the lid is open, sound can reflect off it and be projected into the space. The usage of the soundboard space of a grand piano is maximized. An upright piano is typically leaning against a wall, muffled by the soundboard’s rear. Cabinetry encloses the soundboard’s front. These are merely the drawbacks of a compressed instrument design that was made to conserve space.



Piano Gallery offers Grand pianos and Upright Pianos from well-known brands like Yamaha, Kawai, Steinway, Casio, and more. Usually, Grand Pianos are very expensive but now it is easy to buy Grand Piano in Dubai, UAE without burning your budget. Same as the Upright Piano, we have a variety of models and colors on your budget. No need to compromise with your dream pianos, buy upright piano in Dubai. Quality Guaranteed. For more, contact us.


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