Types of Pianos

Vertical Pianos

The vertical piano became popular towards the later part of the 19th century. A vertical piano is any piano with the strings in a vertical position. Vertical pianos come in four sizes: Spinet, Console, Studio, and Upright. The size is measured from the floor to the top of the lid. The name comes from the fact that the strings are mounted vertically when compared to a grand whose strings are mounted horizontally (requiring a large flat space). Vertical pianos have been popular pianos for home use as they take up much less space and produce sufficient volume and tone for the family and living rooms.

Grand Pianos

A piano in which the strings are strung horizontally in a heavy frame shaped like a harp. These come in the form of grand pianos, baby grand pianos, and concert grand pianos. The most popular is the black, baby grand piano for home use.

Player Pianos

A player piano is a self-playing piano, containing a electro-mechanical mechanism that operates the piano action via programmed music perforated paper, or in rare instances, metallic rolls. The rise of the player piano grew with the rise of the mass-produced piano for the home in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Convert to Player

Fort Bend Music Center has qualified technicians that can orchestrate the conversion of a piano to a player piano with the use of a conversion kit. This usually involves removing the bottom of the piano, and inserting a electric mechanism that allows the piano play digital files of some type.

Digital Pianos

A digital piano is a modern electric musical instrument designed to serve primarily as an alternative to a traditional piano, both in the way it feels to play and in the sound produced. Some digital pianos are also designed to look like an acoustic piano. While digital pianos may fall short of the genuine article in feel and sound, they nevertheless have many advantages over normal pianos.


A musical keyboard is the set of adjacent keys on a musical instrument, particularly the piano. Keyboards typically contain keys for playing the twelve notes of the Western musical scale, with a combination of larger, longer keys and smaller, shorter keys that repeats at the interval of an octave.