Piano Comparison Chart

Here you will find a table of piano brand and model comparisons. These pianos I have tested during my piano search in mid 2006. Some listed I have played since.

 

All ratings are subjective and reflect only my personal preferences.

Brand Model Size Tried Look Action Tone Loudness Brightness Contrast Affordability Showroom
Steindörzioli & Sons SS225 7'4" 0 10 10 10 10 6 10 10 My Dreams
Steinway & Sons NY L 5'10½" 4 7 7 7 5 5 5 4 1
Steinway & Sons NY O 5'10¼" 2 7 7 7 5 5 6 4 1
Steinway & Sons NY B 6'10½" 5 7 9 8 8 5 8 3 1
Steinway & Sons NY 1997 B 6'10½" 1 7 8 7 7 6 7 5 7
Steinway & Sons NY D 8'11¾" 3 8 9 9 9 5 9 0 1
Yamaha P22 45" 1 3 3 4 5 8 3 10 My House
Yamaha C3 6'1" 2 5 5 5 6 8 4 8 2,6
Yamaha C5 6'7" 2 5 5 5 7 9 5 7 2,6
Yamaha C6 6'11" 2 5 6 6 7 10 6 6 2,6
Yamaha C7 7'6" 3 5 7 6 8 9 7 5 2,6
Yamaha S6 6'11" 0                
Bechstein A190 6'3" 1 7 7 7 7 8 6 6 3
Bechstein A208 6'9" 1 7 7 6 6 7 6 5 5
C. Bechstein D280 9'2" 1 8 8 9 8 6 9 0 3
Baldwin SD10 9'0" 1 5 2 5 7 6 5 0 3
Petrof III 6'4" 1 9 9 6 4 5 4 8 3
Bösendorfer 214CS 7'0" 1 8 8 7 6 5 6 4 4
Bösendorfer 225 7'4" 2 8 8 8 7 6 8 2 4
Bösendorfer 280 9'2" 1 9 8 7 9 6 9 0 4
Fazioli F183 6'0" 1 10 9 9 6 6 7 2 4
Fazioli F212 6'11" 1 10 9 9 8 7 8 1 4
Mason & Hamlin BB 7'0" 1 6 7 6 7 4 4 4 4
Estonia 190 6'3" 1 6 6 7 7 6 6 7 4
Schimmel SP189 6'3" 2 6 6 5 5 6 6 7 4,6
Schimmel CC213 7'0" 2 6 6 5 5 7 7 7 4,6
Vogel V177 5'11" 3 5 6 5 5 6 3 9 4,6
J. Pramberger JP185 6'1" 2 6,7 5 6 6 5 4 10 ???
Grotrian Cabinet 6'3" 1 7 8 8 7 7 5 5 5
Grotrian Charis 6'9" 0                
Grotrian Concert 7'4" 1 7 8 7 8 6 5 4 5
Blüthner 6 6'3" 0                
Blüthner 4 6'10" 0                
Pleyel P190 6'3" 0                
Schulze Pollman 190/F 6'2" 0                
Schulze Pollman 197/G2 6'7" 0                
Steingraeber & Söhne 205 6'9" 0                
Total     49               6
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Purchase
  • Tried: Number of pianos tested.
    • Please let me know if you recommend certain brands or models that do not appear in the chart.
  • Look: Overall appearance
    • 0: Toy-like plastic look
    • 5: Typical grand piano look; what most grands resemble at first sight
    • 10: Work of art
  • Action: Evenness, ease of play, and repetition quality
    • 0: Uneven scale or too heavy and cumbersome
    • 5: Average weight and decent evenness throughout
    • 10: Light and even for near-effortless execution of soft, fast passages and responds to the slightest nuances of melodic desire
  • Tone: Complexity and richness
    • 0: Flat and boring
    • 5: Sound with little personality, acceptable yet unimpressive
    • 10: Distinct and pleasant voices per note, yet has interesting overtones
  • Loudness: Quality of loud play
    • 0: Almost mute; have to bang on keys to fill the room
    • 5: Decent power, capable yet mellow; may have to work a bit to keep quiet or bring out the sound
    • 10: Clear loud chords and distinctive individual notes that do not blend or affect each other incorrectly
  • Brightness: Sharpness of sound
    • 0: Dark and muddy (like a Guinness draft)
    • 5: About right; bass is clear and the treble produces a pleasant bell-like sound
    • 10: Harsh, piercing, metallic, or twangy
  • Contrast: Dynamic response
    • 0: Loudness is unchanged regardless of how hard or soft it is played (tone generator)
    • 5: Good control over loudness; may have to work a bit to achieve desired power
    • 10: Perfect responder; light push of the fingers produces soft clean tones, sensible pressure produces a room filling roar
  • Affordability: Personal bank breaking ability
    • 0: Have to sell the house and live under the piano
    • 5: Price that invokes indecision
    • 10: Bargain
  • Showroom: Where I found the instrument