The console piano is a vertical piano. There are about 5 types of vertical mounted pianos named spinet, consolette, studio, professional and console. A console piano is an upright piano in the category of vertical pianos that differs from the other grand vertical pianos mainly by the soundboard. The soundboard of the piano stands vertical instead of being horizontally placed. And the strings of the soundboard of console piano is arranged such a manner that it stretches to downward direction. The most differentiating feature of all the vertical pianos is their overall height.
A good console piano can be of height ranging between 40 inches to 44 inches of height which is about 101.6 cm to 111.8 cm in metric scale. The average height of all vertical pianos including the almost all vertical pianos, including the console piano have average height of about 24 inches when measured from the floor to the bottom side of piano keyboard. And the depth range for all vertical pianos is from 21 inches to 26 inches. The spinet type vertical piano is shorter than the console piano when mid heights of piano are considered. So the shortest of all vertical pianos is the spinet piano and next come the console. The professional piano stands tallest of all the pianos in the category of vertical pianos. The console piano was very popular in the early 19th century.
Console pianos were known for their style and look and were much appreciated all over world as they matched the wooden furniture of that era. The console pianos were well designed and looked best in size and quality. The console piano was midsized and was originally made 40 inch in size. Slowly the pianos were made taller and taller but the standard size for console piano was 42 inches in height. When we talk about the price of pianos the grand piano is more costly than all the vertical pianos. Being less expensive most piano players go for vertical pianos and as they are smaller in size when compared to grand piano which occupies more room space. The most appreciated feature of console piano was that they match well with the furniture of any home. And hence these console pianos were extremely popularized all over world even today.
The finish of console pianos is one of the most important key factors in their success. The appearance of console pianos from any part of the world ranges from wood finish to metallic touch that makes them look more modern. Console pianos are well known for their intricate inlays, modern sleek lines with lacquered finish making them look precious and incomparable asset. In terms of sound and quality grand pianos are the best and ultimate choice for performers all over world. But the console piano is no less and is used by most beginners and those who play piano as hobby and small party performers and those who wish to play at home. The vertical strings and piano size can affect the tone and pitch of the music to a great extent, but a piano made of quality design and construction can produce sounds very similar to grand pianos and only an expert can differentiate between the two sounds. The console piano is till date most sought after pianos of all pianos in market.