Different pianos can have different sounds, and even the same piano's sound can change over time. When you're shopping for a piano, you'll want to keep this in mind. Here are a few of the different variables that can affect a piano's sound.
1. The size of the piano soundboard and strings
A larger piano that contains longer strings and a larger soundboard can make more sound. This larger and fuller sound is one reason why grand pianos are so popular despite their unwieldy size and shape. However, larger size also means the piano will be more expensive and more difficult to move around and will take up more space in your home. So if you have a smaller budget or smaller home, an upright piano may be a better choice for you.
2. The condition of the felt
Felt is used inside a piano for several different purposes. One of the most important felt components is the felt on the hammers that strike the strings of a piano. Thicker, softer felt on the hammers can lead to a more muffled sound, whereas worn-out felt can cause a piano to have a harsh, metallic sound. So when you're playing the piano in a showroom, keep in mind that maintenance (such as replacing the hammer felt) may occasionally be required to keep it sounding great.
3. The tuning
If your piano starts to get out of tune, that will also change its sound. It will sound less harmonious and might be more irritating especially to people who have a good musical ear. Like replacing the hammer felt, tuning up your piano is another maintenance task you'll need to have a technician perform in order to keep your piano sounding brand new.
4. The surrounding space
The space you keep your piano in can also affect the sound. If you have your piano in a space with thick, dense rugs and curtains all around, you may find that the sound is less resonant and almost sounds muffled compared to playing in a more resonant space. On the other hand, a space with no sound deadening at all could sound too resonant and echoey.
These are just some of the variables that can affect your piano's sound. When shopping for a piano, keep in mind that different pianos may have different sounds due to these and other factors. Get in touch with a local piano retailer today to learn more.