In more ways than one. First of all, most people, whether they play piano or not, instinctively recognize the beauty and grandeur of a grand piano. As nice as a vertical piano may be it can’t quite seem to compete with a grand. Grand pianos are imbued with a sense of power and potential, almost magical. And that’s when it is just sitting quietly, waiting for the touch of a master who will bring it to life.
Playing or hearing a grand piano can transport one to places beyond the distractions and cares that otherwise crowd our lives. And the finer the quality of the instrument (as well as one’s ability to play) and the greater the size, that effect is simply increased.
We talked a little about the sizes of vertical pianos at Upright Pianos – the Basics. Likewise grands can fit into some broad categories by size although it is my opinion the terms are even less definite. A good test of that premise is to ask several people whether a particular instrument is a grand or parlor grand or what have you and then sit back and enjoy the argument, I mean discussion.
Most people would consider a fairly small grand properly classified as a baby grand, while those a bit larger they might simply call a grand or medium grand. Those somewhat longer are sometimes called living room or parlor grands. Again there is no formal distinction in name based on grand piano size, especially when referring to exact measurements.
A model one size smaller than a full concert grand is often referred to as a semi concert grand. The term concert grand is generally more accepted as proper to describe the largest instrument made by a piano manufacturer, and indeed that term is often used by them.
Basically sizes range from shorter than five feet in length to around nine feet but even larger examples exist. We will discuss these sizes in more detail in other articles.