Types Of Pianos

How many different types of pianos are there?

There are many piano types, but the two basic ones are:

  • horizontal (grand pianos) and
  • vertical (upright pianos).


Horizontal pianos

Horizontal pianos are called like that because of the way the strings are arranged in the piano – simply, in a horizontal position. Horizontal pianos can also be called grand pianos which is more familiar term for everyone.

grand types of pianos

There are six horizontal or grand types of pianos:

  • Petite Grand  – Are called Petite Grand because they are the smallest horizontal pianos and their size is  from 4′ 5″ to 4′ 11″ .
  • Baby Grand  – These types of pianos are the best from the horizontal pianos because they are the perfect fit for your living room and your pocket. The size is  from 5′ 0 – 5′ 6″ .
  • Medium Grand  – These types of pianos are pretty much the same as the Baby Grand pianos only a bit larger. The size is  about 5′ 7″ .
  • Parlor Grand  – These types of pianos are very similar to Concert Grand only 3/4 from their size. The size is  from 5′ 9″ to 6′ 1″ .
  • Semi-Concert Pianos  – a.k.a. ballroom pianos. The size is  from 6′ 5″ to 7′ 5″ .
  • Concert Grand  – It’s the largest type of piano. Its size is  from 7′ 6″ to 9′ 6″ .

Vertical pianos

Vertical pianos are also called like that because of the way the strings are arranged in the piano – simply, in a vertical position, also known as upright pianos. These pianos are not as big as the horizontal ones, that is why they can be found more in homes, schools etc.

vertical types of piano

There are also six vertical piano types:

  • Spinet  – the smallest vertical piano, can be great if the room where you want to put it is small. Its size is  from 35″ to 37″ .
  • Consolette  – Its size is  from 38″ to 39″ .
  • Console  – Its size is  from 40″ to 43″ .
  • Studio  – It’s size if  from 44″ to 47″ .
  • Professional  – Its size is  from 48″ to 60″
  • Honkey Tonk  – Its size is  from 36″ to 60″ . Mostly used in country music.