Interesting Facts about the Piano

  • First modern piano was created in 1700 by Italian inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori.
  • There are 230 strings inside of ordinary modern piano.
  • One of the most expensive pianos ever sold was Victorian Steinway grand was valued at incredible $1.2 million.
  • Between 1700 and 1830, pianos were called by their original name – Pianoforte.
  • World’s most popular piano company Steinway opened its doors is 1853.
  • Piano is often called The King of Instruments.
  • Last note on the piano keyboard is a C. First note is A.
  • Grand pianos can sometimes weigh 700kg.
  • First piano patent was issued to H. Steinway in 1857.
  • Yamaha was first Japanese manufacturer of pianos. They started making them in 1887.
  • Between 1830 and 1840, two very popular piano designs were created – upright pianos and grand pianos.
  • First electric piano was made in 1947.
  • US currently hosts over 10 million pianos.
  • Almost all modern pianos have two or three pedals.
  • There are only two basic types of piano – Grand and Upright.
Gray Cat on the Piano
  • Strings of one grand piano are so strong that they can lift up 30 tons.
  • US piano manufacture was 25,000 pieces in 1869. It rose to 350,000 in 1910.
  • During 20th century, pianos received over 5000 brands. Today only around 50 are well respected.
  • World’s largest piano is called Challen Concert Grand, it is 11 feet long and weighs more than a ton.
  • Exact middle of the piano keyboard is space between E and F above "middle" C.
  • National museum in Vienna, Austria is showcasing Studio Piano that was used by Beethoven.
  • Pianos have over 12,000 parts, with 10,000 of them moving.
  • Tuning of a piano is a very complicated process. Brand new piano is tuned 4 times during its first year after it was made. This is done because wood changes form until it becomes more rigid.
  • Older piano needs to be tuned twice per year.
  • Around 70% of piano is wood. Keys are plastic, and other materials that are used are paper, iron, copper steel felt and few others.
  • Pianos are stringed instruments, but officially they are placed in percussion section in a symphony orchestra.
  • Sounds of pianos are made when between one and three hammers hit a string.
Gray Cat on the Piano
Piano in the Recital Hall
Hand on the Piano Keys