The importance of size

The importance of instrument’s size for sound volume and touch is not to be overlooked. Because the resonance of an instrument depends largely on the size and quality of the sounding board.

Of course, the size of an instrument is crucial for the first impression. But also the space in which the instrument will stand is relevant for the sound dispersion capacity, i.e. the instrument’s resonance. The positioning of the instrument also affects the resonance. A room equipped with resonance-absorbing fabrics should also be taken into account. Get advice in your home from our retail partners.

The size of an instrument affects sound volume and touch. The larger the sound- board, the more radiating surface for the resonance. A smaller instrument has less tone volume. Other important criteria include the action are to be viewed proportional to size, i.e.the height of an upright and/or length of a grand piano. A larger upright or grand piano provides corresponding optimal leverage for the keys and thus a better, more clearly defined touch.

Another thing: A smaller, valueable instrument may well sound better than a large one. This has to do inter alia with the quality of the sound-board. For example, with Bechstein the sound-board has the function of a vibration membrane, similar to the sound-board function of a Bechstein grand piano. Thus, a small Bechstein upright piano has a much better, more nuanced and diverse sound result. Bechstein piano sound-boards built with blind floors - based on the Bechstein grand piano construction. This exceptionally high-quality method results in better resonance.

Large and small piano
Various sizes of the sounding board