Different Piano Types: An Introduction and Pricing Guide

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Are you in the market for a new piano? If so, you’ve come to the right place. SoCal Pianos has served the needs in the Ontario and Palm Desert, CA areas for nearly three decades and we are committed to making sure our customers find the model that is just right for them. In determining this we have to do a little homework and that all starts with an introduction to the different types of pianos.


Buying a piano can be a significant investment and gathering all the information you can before pulling the trigger is definitely recommended. Following are the different types of models and some basic price ranges for each type.


Since approximately 1700, the grand piano has symbolized horizontal piano excellence around the world. There are many different sub-categories of grand pianos, but for the purposes of this blog, we have narrowed it to three.

  • Concert Grand. At 7-10 feet in length, this is the biggest grand of them all and is the model you usually see in large entertainment venues, etc. It is perfect for these venues because its longer strings lead to louder, superior sound.

Price range: At the top of the monetary value list, the concert grands from Steinway, Yamaha, Bosendorfer and others will run you between $120,000 and $200,000.

  • Parlor Grand. This is recognized as the median size and model and is simply referred to as the grand. A little smaller than the concert grand at 6-7 feet, it offers much of the same sound, but is smaller and easier to play. It is perfect for a large room or rehearsal space in your home or even a small recital hall.

Price range: $40,000 to $140,000 depending on brand and features.

  • Baby Grand. Concert and parlor grands are too large for many homes and applications, so there became a demand for a smaller version. The baby grand was introduced in 1884 and has become a popular residential piano because of its still rich, but manageable sound.

Price range: $22,000 to $50,000 (some special, custom brands can range all the way to $99,000)


Students taught to play on pianos are likely introduced to the instrument with an upright piano. Their vertical construction and string arrangements make these models much more compact and conducive to learning. Their height ranges from the standard 43 inches to the professional upright models that are 50 inches high. Depending on the string length, uprights can produce a similar sound to the grand.

Price range: $4,500 to $25,000


Electric pianos use pre-recorded sounds that are amplified when keys are struck. They are popular for many beginners because they are much cheaper than regular pianos. Many electric pianos offer models that have less than the traditional 88 keys, so this needs to be considered. Also, some higher-priced models are able to duplicate the sound and feel of regular key action.

Price range: $500 to $20,000


We understand that perhaps renting a piano is a good option before buying one, and SoCal offers a wide range of rental options. During this unique coronavirus pandemic, we also offer virtual lessons so we can practice safe and healthy social distancing. Call our Ontario store or our Palm Desert store today for an appointment. Stay safe and please follow us on social media!