“When I had nothing else, I had my mother and the piano. And you know what? They were all I needed.” Alicia Keys

Buying a grand piano for your family is no casual matter. People develop deep connections with musical instruments that often start at early childhood and continue throughout their lives. When you buy a piano, you are opening the door for your family to experience a new medium of expression that far surpasses the notes on a page.

Because of the gravity of the purchase as well as the financial investment, we wanted to offer some tips for what to consider when purchasing a grand piano for your piano. Below are 6 tips for buying a grand piano for your family and our top 7 recommendations for a grand piano for your family.

6 Tips for Buying a Grand Piano for your Family:

  • Get the longest sound board that will fit the designated space. The longer the soundboard, the better the sound. (To learn more about soundboards, check out The Piano Deconstructed: The Soundboard)
  • While we’re on the subject of sound quality, keep in mind that, in this case, bigger is better. Bigger pianos have a better sound because of their longer strings, which creates a lower inharmonicity.
  • Find a good balance between quality and price.
  • Avoid foam board, which will dampen the sound, and signifies low quality manufacturing. Instead, look for solid wood.
  • Stick with brands that have a good reputation and are known for their longevity, such as Yamaha and Wm. Knabe & Co.
  • If you decide to buy a used piano, look for a good brand and make sure the piano has been well taken care of–this includes never having had (or needing) any major repairs.

7 Best Grand Pianos for Families:

Yamaha GB1K

Yamaha GB1K Baby Grand Piano:

Player Skill Level: Beginner/Early-intermediate

MSRP: Starting at $14,999 – $19,179 On Sale! Contact us for Pricing!

Dimensions: 5′ L x 57″ W x 39″ H

Description: Yamaha’s smallest and most affordable baby grand piano that still packs a powerful punch when it comes to sound. A great piano when accommodating a tight space.

 

WG54 Baby Grand Piano SaleWG 54 Baby Grand Piano Wm. Knabe & Co:

Player Skill Level: Late-intermediate/advanced

MSRP: $15,995 On Sale! Contact us for Pricing!

Dimensions: 5’4″ D x 58 1/3″ W x 40 1/2″ H

Description: One of our most popular baby grand pianos because of its compact size and low price. Features include: a spruce soundboard, pure iron ore plate, and German wool hammers.

 

WG 50 Baby Grand PianoWG 50 Baby Grand Piano Wm. Knabe & Co:

Player Skill Level: Beginner/Early-intermediate

MSRP: $13,911 On Sale! Contact us for Pricing!

Dimensions: 5′ D x 58 1/2″ W x 40 1/2″ H

Description: Comes with a variety of cabinet colors so you can match it to your home. Contains the same basic features as the WG 54, but with a shorter soundboard.

Yamaha GC1 Grand PianoYamaha GC1 Grand Piano:

Player Skill Level: Late-intermediate/advanced

MSRP: Starting at $23,999 On Sale! Contact us for Pricing!

Dimensions: 5’3″ L x 59″ W x 40″ H

Description: One of Yamaha’s more popular pianos, this baby grand combines the rich tonal character and duplex scaling of their full-size grand pianos with manufacturing methods that translate into cost savings for you!

Yamaha GC2 Grand PianoYamaha GC2 Grand Piano:

Player Skill Level: Late-intermediate/advanced

MSRP: Starting at $28,989  On Sale! Contact us for Pricing!

Dimensions: 5’8″ L x 59″ W x 40″ H

Description: Yamaha took the expressive quality of their grand C2 pianos and combined it with less expensive manufacturing practices to create a superior quality baby grand that families can afford and fit in their homes.

Yamaha DGB1K ENCL Disklavier Baby Grand PianoYamaha DGB1K ENST 5’ Disklavier Baby Grand Piano:

Player Skill Level: Beginner/Early-intermediate

MSRP: $28,399 – $30,739 On Sale! Contact us for Pricing!

Dimensions: 5′ L x 57″ W x 39″ H

Description: Take the GB1K baby grand piano and combine it with futuristic features, and you’ve got the the DGB1K ENST. Family members of all skill levels will enjoy functions such as recording and playback, the patented Yamaha SILENT Piano system, and streaming Piano Radio.

 

C2X Yamaha Medium Grand PianoYamaha C2X Grand Piano:

Player Skill Level: Late-intermediate/advanced

MSRP: Starting at $43,999.00 On Sale! Contact us for Pricing!

Dimensions: 5’8″ D x 59″ W x 40″ H

Description: This medium grand piano has been engineered to create the voice of a concert piano with features such as a thickened back frame and updated strings. Truly, this instrument has a big heart for such a small size!