Buying a Yamaha Piano in the Bay Area? Make it Sound Great with the Right Placement 

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Bringing Home a New Yamaha Piano is Exciting, The Perfect Placement Makes it Even Better

Since you’ve made a visit to your Bay Area piano dealers and purchased the piano of your choice, you’ll want to maximize your investment by situating the instrument in the ideal position in your home. The discussion below will address some of the relevant points for you to consider when positioning your new Yamaha piano at home, so that all the beautiful tones it is capable of producing can be fully appreciated by listeners. If you’re still browsing through the available Bay Area Yamaha pianos, you can also discuss this with vendors to add to your knowledge of piano placement.

Sound absorption 

One of the most important points to consider when situating your Bay Area Yamaha piano in any room is the nature of the room itself. A room which has full-length draperies installed will absorb much of the sound produced by your new piano, and will tend to muffle the tones produced. By contrast, a room which has hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, and numerous unobstructed glass surfaces (like windows) will allow all the subtle nuances of tone to be fully expressed, and will even provide a kind of echo chamber effect in some cases.

Distance from walls 

When you place your piano right up against a wall in the room where it’s installed, that will ‘cup’ the sound produced and muffle it to some extent. The closed-off sound of a piano that’s too close to a wall will degrade the overall sound heard by listeners, and will detract from the beautiful tones which should be heard. On the other hand, when your piano is placed a few feet away from the wall, the wall can act as a reflecting surface which projects all those rich tones back into the room, rather than absorbing them. In fact, upright pianos are actually designed for reflection, so by giving your instrument a chance to breathe away from walls, you are allowing it to be heard in the manner for which it was originally designed.

Room surfaces 

The kinds of objects you have in the room where your piano is placed can have a huge impact on the sound produced by the instrument. Objects like chairs, sofas, and rugs are considered ‘soft’ surfaces, and will tend to absorb the sound created by a piano, whereas ‘hard’ surfaces such as wood, metal, and glass will reflect it back into the room and proliferate the sound produced. This is not to say that one approach is better than the other, because your object in room positioning might very well be to produce softer, more muted tones, so this becomes a matter of personal preference.

Which way it should face 

For both grand pianos and uprights, the optimal positioning is generally facing a wall. In the case of uprights, the best placement should be a foot or two away from the shorter wall in the room, and for grand pianos the best placement is usually a diagonal orientation in one corner of the room, where it is one-fifth to one-third of the way between corners which are diagonally opposite each other. To find what works best in your specific circumstances, simply play a few scales in each of the positions you try, and see where the sound is best. If you’re having difficulty nailing this down, describe your proposed room layout and positioning to your Bay Area piano sales representative.

Bay Area Piano Sales – New & Used Selection

If you’re looking for a great piano to fill your home with the enjoyment of playing and great sound come and see us in the East Bay, we’re your local authorized Yamaha piano dealers. We have a selection of new yamaha pianos as well as an array of used pianos that you can try out in our showroom. Call 510-581-1660 or come see us for more information on what we have available.