The piano, often called the king of instruments, is one of the heaviest of all musical instruments.
This is due to huge pieces of pieces of timber and a large metal plate, known as the harp, which make up the piano.
The weight of a piano can vary vastly depending on the type and age.
To understand how much a piano weighs, there are 3 categories of piano;
- An upright piano, which can also be called a spinet piano, weighs around 300 to 350 pounds (136 to 158 kg) on average.
- A baby grand piano will weigh around 500 pounds (226 kg).
- A grand piano is the biggest type of piano and normally weighs 600 pounds (272 kg) on average.
- A concert grand piano can weigh as much as 1,400 pounds (635 kg).
- The largest piano in the world weighed 2,800 pounds (1,270 kg).
Moving a piano is an extremely difficult and specialist task due to the weight and its fragility since it can be easily knocked out of tune.
The word piano is just a nickname with the actual name being pianoforte.
The first piano was invented and constructed by an Italian in 1698. His name was Bartolomeo Cristofori. Two of his pianos which he constructed are still with us today.
The piano is capable of the widest range of tones of any musical instrument.
~ Fun Fact ~
The most expensive piano in the world was a crystal piano which sold for $3.2 million in 2008.