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How to choose the right type of piano for me?

Jan 6

Whether you're a beginner pianist or an advanced player, there are several piano types to choose from. From acoustic pianos to digital pianos, there are a variety of choices for everyone. The key is to know what features you're looking for and what type of piano is right for you. Choosing the right piano type can be a daunting task, especially if you are a beginner or have limited knowledge about pianos. There are various factors for people to consider, including size, style, sound, and price. At Hilton Piano Center, located in Albany NY's Colonie Center Mall, we understand that purchasing a piano is a significant investment and we want to help you make an informed decision. Here are some tips on how to choose the right type of piano for you:

  1. Determine your budget: The first thing to consider is how much you are willing to spend on a piano. Pianos range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousands, depending on the type and brand. Determine your budget before you start shopping to narrow down your options.

  2. Decide on the type of piano: There are four main types of pianos: grand, upright, silent, and digital.

  • Grand pianos are the most expensive type and are known for their superior sound quality. They have a horizontal design with the strings and soundboard extending the length of the acoustic piano. Grand pianos come in different sizes, with baby grand pianos being the smallest and the concert grand piano being the largest. They are beautiful instruments that any pianist would want as the ultimate playing experience. The grand piano's majestic size and elegant décor make it the perfect centerpiece for any room in the house, providing a luxurious atmosphere for any pianist to enjoy and appreciate the ultimate piano experience.

  • Upright pianos are the most common type and are a good choice for beginners or those with limited space. They have a vertical design with the strings and soundboard running vertically, with pedals and stool. Upright pianos also come in different sizes, with spinet pianos being the smallest and studio pianos being the largest.

  • Having a silent piano is a great idea if you want to practice late at night, or are a child who is learning to play. You can practice and play without disturbing others, and also enjoy the convenience of a digital piano.

A silent piano has a unique mechanism that stops the hammers from striking the strings. This is done by installing a rubber bar in front of the hammer shank. This simulates the rebound that happens when a hammer strikes the strings.

Silent pianos are typically more expensive than regular pianos. They have built-in systems that allow them to connect to other devices via USB or Bluetooth. These systems include special sensors that detect key movement and trigger the electronic sound module. These digital sounds are then played through headphones.


  • Digital pianos are a more affordable value option for the money and are perfect for those who have limited space or want to practice silently. Digital pianos and keyboards use electronic technology to produce sound and often have features such as built-in speakers, headphones jacks, and the ability to change the sound and volume. Keyboard console synthesizers are a great tool for musicians of all levels, from beginners to professionals. They provide a wide range of sounds, from classic analog to modern digital. With the right settings, you can create unique and interesting sounds that can be used in any type of music production.

  1. Consider the size, weight, and style: The size and style of the piano should be based on the space you have available and the decor of your home. If you have a small living space, a digital or upright piano may be a better choice and more portable. If you have a dedicated music room, a grand piano may be a good fit. Consider the style of the piano as well. Do you prefer a traditional or modern look?

  2. Test the sound and touch: One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a piano is the sound, tone, and touch. Make sure to test out different pianos and listen to the sound quality. Pay attention to the touch as well. Does the hammer action feel smooth and responsive? Are the keys weighted?

  3. Check the warranty and maintenance: Pianos require regular maintenance to keep them in top condition. Make sure to check the warranty offered by the manufacturer and consider purchasing additional protection. It's also a good idea to ask about the availability of repair services in your area.

  4. Buy from a reputable dealer: It's important to buy from a reputable dealer who can offer you a wide selection of pianos and provide you with expert advice. At Hilton Piano Center, we have a team of knowledgeable and friendly staff who can help you choose the right piano for your needs and budget.

In conclusion, for pianists choosing the right type of piano requires careful consideration of several variety of factors, including budget, type, size and style, sound and touch, and warranty and maintenance. By keeping these things in mind, you can find the perfect piano for you. If you're in the Albany NY area, visit Hilton Piano Center in Colonie Center Mall to browse our selection and get expert advice on selecting the right piano for you. They are the exclusive piano dealer for brands Yamaha, Roland, and Casio pianos in the Albany NY area, which includes Troy, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Latham, Clifton Park, Kingston, Saratoga Springs, Lake George, Poughkeepsie, Berkshires, Vermont, Utica, and more. Hilton Piano Center sells new pianos and keyboards as well as used pianos, including Steinway, Kawai, Boston, Young Chang, Hardman, and more. Free tuning, bench, and local delivery with purchase. Piano lessons are also available in store.


Hilton Piano Center LLC
442 Colonie Center, Albany, NY 12205