I have a bit of a dilemma hopefully someone could give me some advice. I learnt piano as a kid, been playing on and off and for the past year, been playing more regularly and 'passionately'. I own a CVP309 and that's what my daughter is learning on. Recently her piano teacher said she needs to practice on an acoustic piano with a firm touch to further develop her finger strength and agility. (She is working at around Gr6-7 level). Therefore it has given me an excellent excuse to purchase our forever piano,but can't decide whether I should get an upright or a small grand to go into my front room (~3.8m x 4m).
I think a room that size should fit a grand that is 170cm? Or is it more realistic to get an upright piano? If my daughter continue with her learning, would there be a day where she would need to practice on a grand piano?
I am not planning to replace this piano and desperately want to make the right decision. My budget is around £10000, could stretch it a bit if required.
Thank you very much!
Have a look at both and see what you like best in terms of the sounds they make and the response of the action. Feurich make good value, quality uprights and grands. Their grand model 161 is within your budget. Also the English piano makers Cavendish probably also make an upright within the budget.
My heart wants a grand, my head however is telling me upright!
Feurich 162 or Kawai GL30, views?
I haven't played a Cavendish before, might visit a dealer to try that out.
With regard to your question asking for views on the Feurich or the Kawai GL30, I would need to try out those particular models before answering although both those brands have good reputations. I have tried a Kawai GL10 in a local shop a few weeks ago and thought I would prefer to hold onto my Kemble upright. I have played a very nice almost 40 year old Kawai KG-2 grand which I think may be the equivalent of today's GX models.
I have also played a Cavendish baby grand which was delightful and would fully expect their uprights to be prepared with the same amount of care. Cavendish pianos have a web site if you wish to know more about them.
"There is no given standard for string lengths within a given piano size range. A typical 122–123 cm vertical will have a #1 bass string length ranging from approximately 1170 mm up to approximately 1370 mm. The #1 bass string length in a 165 cm grand can vary from approximately 1100 mm up to approximately 1250 mm."
1 Jan 2009
Difference in string length upright & grand bass strings? - Piano ...
In addition another search suggested that a Yamaha U3 upright which is 131 cm high has a bass string with a speaking length of 120cm.
http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads. ... 106/1.html