How to Identify a Square Grand Piano

The square grand piano was developed in 18th and 19th century Europe. The square (or box) grand piano was developed as a smaller household piano that could fit in a confined space. In a regular piano, the strings run from front to back. The square grand piano strings run from left to right. The style of the square grand piano continued to evolve over 150 years until it eventually was replaced by the more compact upright piano. Square grand pianos are extremely rare, and finding one in good condition is very unusual.

Step 1

Evaluate the legs of the piano. Many people confuse the upright piano, which has a narrow top, with the square grand piano. The square grand piano is stocky and has four legs, while the upright piano is thinner and does not have legs.

Step 2

Open the lid of the piano. If the strings run from left to right, it is a square grand piano. If they run from front to back, it is more likely a type of modern grand piano. If the strings run up and down and curve around, it is likely an upright piano.

Step 3

Determine whether the end of the piano is curved or rectangular. A modern grand piano curves at the end, while a square grand piano has a straight edge.


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