What Kind of Piano Should I Buy?

different kinds of pianos

When it comes to selecting the perfect piano, whether you’re a seasoned musician or a budding enthusiast, the options can seem endless. At Clare’s Player Pianos, we understand that each player has unique needs and preferences, and we’re here to help guide you through the process of choosing the right type of piano for your musical journey. Here’s a comprehensive look at the key factors to consider when making your decision.

Understanding Different Types of Pianos

1. Grand Pianos

Grand pianos are often considered the epitome of piano craftsmanship, known for their rich sound and aesthetic appeal. They come in various sizes, from the petite baby grand to the concert grand. Grand pianos are ideal for those who have ample space and desire a powerful, resonant sound.

2. Upright Pianos

Upright pianos are more compact, making them suitable for smaller spaces. Despite their size, they can still deliver a rich, robust sound. Upright pianos are a great choice for beginners and experienced players alike who need a high-quality instrument without the larger footprint of a grand piano.

3. Digital Pianos

Digital pianos offer versatility and portability. They are good for those who need a range of sounds and the ability to easily record their performances. Digital pianos can also be ideal for apartment dwellers or anyone who needs to practice quietly, thanks to headphone compatibility.

4. Player Pianos

At Clare’s Player Pianos, our specialty lies in player pianos, which combine traditional acoustic piano features with modern technology to allow the piano to play itself. These instruments are perfect for those who love to listen to live piano music but may not always have a pianist on hand. Our player system connects to your phone via bluetooth, allowing you to play songs from a large library of classic and modern songs. 

Factors to Consider

Space and Size

Consider the size of the space where you plan to house your piano. Grand pianos require more room than uprights, which can be tucked more easily into smaller spaces. Digital pianos can be moved easily and stored when not in use, offering the most flexibility.

Sound Quality

The sound of a piano can greatly influence your enjoyment and the music you create. Grand pianos generally provide the richest sound, but high-quality uprights and digital pianos can also offer excellent sound quality, especially in brands that prioritize superior sound production.


Think about the features that are important to you. Do you need a variety of instrument sounds? Are recording capabilities critical to your practice? Player pianos offer additional features such as pre-programmed music and the ability to link to apps and other digital media, enhancing your playing experience. We can add a player system to a traditional piano, so you can get the best of both worlds.


Pianos can vary greatly in price. Setting a budget before shopping can help you narrow down your choices without sacrificing quality. Remember, a higher price doesn’t always equate to better quality; it’s important to test pianos within your budget to find the one that feels and sounds best to you.

Shop Clare’s Player Pianos

At Clare’s Player Pianos, we sell a variety of new and used pianos. We can help you compare the nuances of each piano type. Whether you’re purchasing your first piano or looking to add a special new instrument to your collection, we’re here to ensure that you find the perfect piano for your music, space, and budget.

Purchasing a piano is an exciting decision. Get in touch with us now and let’s find the piano that’s right for you!

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