Q:

How much does a grand piano weigh?

A:

Quick Answer

A grand piano can weigh anywhere from 500 pounds for an apartment-size piano to 1,300 pounds for a full-sized piano used in concert halls. Most of the weight is from a large cast-iron frame, or "harp", that keeps the strings under tension.

Know More
How much does a grand piano weigh?
Credit: Daryl Durand CC-BY-2.0

Full Answer

A piano is so heavy because the frame has to support, in the case of a concert grand piano, up to 20 tons of total tension from the stretched piano strings. In addition, it has to be heavy enough to absorb the vibrations of the strings so that they are not passed along to the wooden case, making an unpleasant sound.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    How much does an upright piano weigh?

    A:

    An upright piano is a piano with a rectangular wooden casing in which the strings run vertically, so it takes up less space than a grand piano. Upright pianos vary in size, so their weight varies. Large or full-size upright pianos can weigh more than 800 pounds.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the dimensions of a baby grand piano?

    A:

    The dimensions of baby grand pianos vary by manufacturer, but average widths range from 4 feet 11 inches to 5 feet 6 inches. Because smaller pianos produce poorer sound, a baby grand should be at least 5 feet 7 inches wide to sound similar to a full-sized grand piano.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How wide is an upright piano?

    A:

    A standard upright piano is approximately 5 feet wide. The height of an upright piano is more than 4 feet. This variety of piano is between 2 and 2.5 feet wide.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How is the piano played?

    A:

    Technically, the piano is a percussion instrument, and it generates noise when the keys are depressed because each key is connected to a small hammer that strikes a string that is located inside the instrument. Pianos with broken keys, hammers or strings will not generate sound correctly and may not even generate any sound at all other than the sound of the key being struck. Piano players use their fingers and hands to depress the keys, which then triggers the string striking that generates musical notes that coordinate to the specific key being pressed.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore