Posted 02-22-2004 at 20:43:30
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I suppose someone could call an upright an upright grand, but I have never heard of one being called an upright BABY grand. Real grand pianos have a significantly different action (and touch) than an upright does, and there are variations on the actions of uprights. There are other variations used in spinets.
I have played very good traditional grand and baby grand pianos and loved the way they sounded and felt under my fingers. But they take a lot of room, and no one has ever given me one. I love and appreciate my grandfather's huge upright even though it isn't as pretty as it might be. It has wonderful tone, a quick and predictable action, and best of all, stays in tune without constant tinkering no matter how vigorously I play it. I learned to play on it as a child and it is my most prized posession.
It is truly a production to move a large upright piano. I have never weighed mine, but I estimated that it weighs somewhere between 500 and 700 lbs. It has cast iron casters that I recently replaced because one had a bad flat spot and tended to slide rather than roll on that corner. I found exact replacements at a local piano repair shop. I had thought about using more modern casters, but at the repair shop, they told me that anything but the original cast iron does not hold up.
My piano now resides in my library/den/hideout that I built in my basement. Hopefully I will never have to move it again, as I plan to stay here for the rest of my life, Lord willing.....