Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to purchase an instrument that will delight and positively impact your family, friends, and children for years to come.
Now, you might have an image in your head of exactly what you want. Perhaps it needs to be brown and grand, should sound just like your grandmother’s did, and will go in the living room. Or, just as likely, you might not be sure at all of what you want. All you may very well know going into it is that you want a piano that sounds great, looks good, and fits right in with your décor.
At Frank & Camille’s, we get it. Every piano owner is different. Just like every piano. Whether you’re an eager student or a world-class concert pianist, a family of four living in a house or a young professional with an apartment in the city, there’s a piano out there perfect for you, and we’re here to make sure you find it.
For starters, you want to settle on a price point or range. Our staff prides itself on being able to work with any budget to find options suitable to every customer’s needs. Next, determine where your piano will go. The size, function, and décor of a room all play an important part in choosing the style of piano best for you. Once in our showroom, you can partner with one of our experienced sales associates to discuss the styles and brands we carry. Here’s a quick breakdown:
Grand Piano– There are many piano styles, but none more iconic and recognizable than the grand piano, a large, full-toned piano supported by three legs. The strings, body, and soundboard are arranged horizontally and in line with the keys. There are different types of grand piano, including the concert grand (about 7 – 10 feet long), the parlor or boudoir grand (6 – 7 feet), and the baby grand (about 5 feet). Choosing the right grand piano depends on a number of different factors, like the space you have for it, your budget, and who will be playing it.
Concert Grand Piano– The largest grand piano, a concert grand is roughly 2.75 meters (9 feet) in length and has the volume, tone, and timbre ideal for use in concerts. Its size and shape accounts for its ability to retain harmonic balance, ensuring that close and widespread octaves alike sound brilliantly pure and produce virtually beatless perfect fifths. The result is a striking tonal quality that is best appreciated in concert halls and public venues.
Upright Piano– A type of vertical piano, an upright piano is more compact than a grand piano. The frame and strings in an upright piano are vertical and the hammers move horizontally. They are perfect pianos for many customers with a variety of different needs in mind, including space, budget, and purpose. The standard width of an upright piano is approximately 5 feet, while the depth is about 2 feet. And it measures over 50” tall, making it the largest type of vertical piano. Although upright pianos may not command quite as much attention as grand pianos because of the difference in size and shape, they are fully capable of producing beautiful, unmatched sound quality.
Studio Piano– A studio piano, also known as a professional upright piano, is a type of vertical piano that measures between 45 – 50” tall. Taller than a console, but shorter than an upright, it produces a rich, tonal quality that can be comparable to baby grand pianos. Customers will often come in knowing that they want a vertical piano, but unaware of the different types. Because of its size and excellent sound, a studio piano is likely to be one of their final choices.
Console Piano– With the exception of the spinet piano, the console piano is the smallest of the vertical pianos. It measures approximately 40 – 44” tall and is a popular choice for customers who want mid-range size, furniture-style design, and high-quality tone. From traditional wooden finishes to sleeker, modern styling, our selection of console pianos has something for everyone.
Digital Piano – Today’s digital pianos are more impressive than ever. All of them feature the latest technology, striking sound quality, presets and layering effects, additional instrument options, and an incredible array of features to assist in playing, learning, and recording. Manufactured by top brands, digital pianos produce rich and nuanced sound sampled from their top models. Built-in software and storage capabilities allow users to record and save music, connect to the Internet and download files, and compose arrangements with other instruments. Not to mention: No tuning required!
Player Piano– Player pianos are self-playing pianos reminiscent of the paper-roll player pianos popular in the early 20th century. They are both acoustic, so they can be played regularly, and electronic, so they can play themselves. For those who enjoy live piano music, player pianos come with built-in access to incredible libraries of pre-recorded titles in every genre. The quality produced is stunning and the performance delivered is real. For those who want to play, these pianos can also be used to learn, compose, record, and even interface with other technology.
Remember that purchasing a piano is a decision to be discussed and an investment to be thoughtfully considered, so at Frank & Camille’s, it is our mission to make the process as enjoyable as possible. We invite you to visit our showroom to see, feel, and hear the difference from one piano to the next. Know that there is never any pressure to buy. All we ask is that you come prepared to learn. You will find pianos you may remember from your childhood and discover new ones you never even knew existed. From concert grands to digital pianos, we have them all on display, ready to be purchased and eager to be played. We will give you all the information you need, present you with the best we have to offer, and assist you in choosing the piano just right for you.