Everything You Need to Know About Piano

  • December 2013
  • Posted By JohnnyG

The piano has been around for hundreds of years, and before that there was both the Harpsichord and the Clavichord. While they became mainstream around 1600, the harpsichord was first mentioned almost 100 years earlier. Basically this instrument is a series of tightened ‘strings,’ each to produce a different note, similar to a guitar. There are many strings. You also have the keyboard. Instead of plucking the strings like you do when you play a guitar, when you press the different keys, hammers strike the different individual strings, producing sound. Early instruments produced a higher pitched level of sound than the modern pianos today.

There are basically two types of pianos, the box piano, and the, ‘grand’ piano. A box piano is relatively smaller and more mobile. The strings are placed in a vertical fashion. Because they are more compact, they usually have a set of wheels on the bottom so the can be moved around easier. The ‘grand piano is much more stylish, with the strings positioned horizontally. The box holding the strings is more elaborate, and there is a lid that can be lifted up exposing the inner workings of the piano. Having the lid open also delivers a much richer sound, since it isn’t muffled.

Both styles of piano have black and white keys. If you have an older model piano chances are these keys are made from real ivory. The white keys are the regular chords, the black keys are the mid range sounds. There are foot pedals at the bottom of the piano, which control pitch, length of sound, and vibration of the chords. As an added note there are some pianos called player pianos, which can play by themselves with a drum and set music, similar to the drum you see on a music box.

It used to be that only the wealthy had the privilege of owning a piano, since they cost so much money. Now more and more people have the less expensive box versions, which can be purchased for under a thousand dollars usually. If you want to a more extravagant version, the grand piano is a good choice. There is the regular grand, and the baby grand to choose from, depending on the space you have and how much you can afford. You can also buy older models or ones that need a little TLC, which are much cheaper and don’t cost a lot of money to refurbish. In some cases it is just a matter of hiring someone to do a little fine tuning and a little paint or stain.

Live in or around Sacramento California? Looking for a great company to help with all your piano needs? Looking to move across town or across the state and need someone to move your precious piano? There is a company that can help you. This is Steve Stokes Piano Mover, owner of a company called AAA pianos. Steve and his staff are much more than piano movers, they are one of the top rated Sacramento piano restoration companies in the business. Established in 1979, this family owned and operated business has been helping people in Northern California with all their piano problems for almost 35 years.

It doesn’t matter what you are looking for, from getting your piano tuned, to making sure it gets moved from one place to another in one piece, or even if you need to store your piano for one reason or another, this is the company you can turn to. Instead of having to search the internet for different companies that will tune your piano, refurbish it, or move it, this is your one stop shop, including buying your next piano, if you would like to. So when you are ready to use Steve Stokes Piano Mover, or Sacramento piano restoration, go to AAA Pianos.


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