Upright acoustic pianos are often seen as the traditional real piano and are what many people first learn to play on. We have a fantastic range of upright pianos to choose from. This includes models by the prestigious Steinway & Son, as well as pianos by popular brands like Yamaha and Kawai, and more affordable options from Boston and Essex.
Acoustic Upright Pianos FAQs
What is an acoustic upright piano?
An upright piano has an upright casing and the soundboard and strings run vertically within it. Upright pianos have the traditional piano sound we love but in a more compact and space saving shape than a grand piano. They were created as an alternative to the grand piano as they can fit into homes or schools much more easily. Acoustic pianos do not have any digital features and produce all of their sound simply by being played using the keys and pedals.
Is an acoustic upright piano better than a grand piano?
A grand piano is the original piano. In a grand piano, the hammer and string placement does produce what is typically considered the better sound. However, grand pianos are also very large with a price to match. Upright pianos are typically bought more often because of their size and shape. They fit neatly against walls and so are excellent for anyone wanting to own a piano who doesn’t have the space for a grand piano. Upright pianos also come in different sizes, a spinet piano is the smallest starting at around 90cm, and a standard upright is around 127cm.
Should I buy an acoustic upright piano or a digital upright piano?
Upright pianos feature wooden soundboards, and strings that are strung downwards. The hammers, dampers and pedals have been designed to make playing an upright acoustic piano as close to playing a grand piano as possible. A digital piano does not use strings and so will produce a slightly different sound. Acoustic pianos have a rich and classical sound, controlled mostly by the player. Digital pianos have a more consistent timbre and volume control managed by the electronic features. Digital pianos can also be more portable and have features like playback, integrated sound and effects and silent modes. Choose an upright acoustic piano if you want a more traditional piano that puts the player and the sound at the heart of the experience.
Which is the best acoustic upright piano?
Yamaha and Kawai are two of the best selling upright acoustic piano brands. They have a mid price point and years of dedicated piano technology and experience behind them. The most popular upright pianos are often polished black for that stunning and classic piano look.
For budget options, Boston and Essex are an excellent choice, with small profiles, luxury finishes and features made of solid wood, they are an affordable yet quality choice.
Is an acoustic upright piano worth it?
An upright piano is a worthwhile investment. Not only does it allow you to play piano in the comfort of your home whenever you want but a quality upright piano will last for many many years. They are stylish, expressive instruments that nearly every pianist will have learnt to play on. Choosing an upright piano is a joy that will last you a very long time.