Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Baby Grand Piano


I understand that a piano is a musical instrument, but is a parlor grand, baby grand and/or grand piano also considered a piece of furniture?

Hi Mike:

All pianos are both, some favor one side more than others.

Traditional, plain style grands are generally more instrument than furniture. However, that is in the eye of the owner. Some think the only shape a piano should be in is traditional, not fancy, black.

Others want the piano just for furniture, so they opt for the fancy, and don't care about the workings or quality as an instrument.

My professional pianists don't care about scratches and coffee stains. The piano is their working tool.

Other put it in their living rooms, adorn it with flowers and pictures, and never use it.

So, it the piano more furniture, or is it more instrument?

Of course, it starts out as a working member of the percussion family, then somehow works it's way into the furniture area.

As far as Parlor, baby, or grand...they all refer basically to size and the designations are infinite.

A baby is a small grand while a concert grand is the largest. Everything in between is what you want to call it: parlor, baby, recital, studio, concert.

Confused yet...I usually am!

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