Most people choose an upright piano as a necessary evil. If they had the money, they would probably get a grand or baby grand piano.
But there are many benefits to owning an upright piano. Economy, lower prices, and decent sound are all factors to consider when purchasing an instrument. In this respect the upright piano wins hands down. You can place it flat against a wall. It saves space and adds it's own special ambiance to a room. In fact, upright pianos are beautiful pieces of furniture in their own right!
What about sound? An upright pianos sound comes from the back of the piano. Most uprights have lids that allow the sound to come out and bounce off the walls giving a more expansive acoustic quality. It's a fact that some very good uprights sound as good or better than their baby-grand counterparts! Key action these days is computerized and set at the factory for optimal response. While the touch and feel may never equal a grand piano, the needs of most players do not require concert pianist key action.
They're excellent instruments to learn on. Why spend thousands of dollars on an expensive piano when an upright will serve your needs? You get a real acoustic instrument that will supply you with years of satisfaction. And when or if you want to sell it, the upright pianos of today have a high resale value. They're traded in and sold all the time on ebay and through newspaper classifieds.
Overall, upright pianos are a fantastic bargain if you're looking for an instrument that gives you a real acoustic performance at a low price.
Edward Weiss is a pianist/composer and webmaster of Quiescence Music's online piano lessons . He has been helping students learn how to play piano in the New Age style for over 14 years and works with students in private, in groups, and now over the internet. Stop by now at http://www.quiescencemusic.com/piano_lessons.html for a FREE piano lesson!