|Why Get an Upright Piano?
When space and lower cost are the most important considerations in choosing a piano, the full upright is
the clear choice. A full sized upright (approximately 50" or taller) will have approximately the same
amount of soundboard space as a small grand piano (the so-called "baby" grand), and may well have even longer bass
strings. In general, these tall uprights are the top of the line of their respective makers, and have
correspondingly higher quality materials and better construction than the shorter uprights (spinets and short
Surprisingly, the footprint of a tall upright is quite similar to a much shorter one; the keyboard is the same
width on almost every piano, from the shortest spinet to the longest concert grand. A standard keyboard has
88 keys; there are 85 note pianos, mostly from before 1885, although a few companies do still make that size (the
modern 85 note pianos are generally of inferior construction).
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