If your church, like so many, embraces music as part of its services, you’ll need at least one of the classic keyboard instruments—either an organ or an acoustic piano, if not both. Moving into a new space can necessitate new instruments or may just be an ideal time to say goodbye to that out-of-tune old piano and spring for something new. Of course, finding the right piano is about more than falling in love with its appearance or going with what’s most affordable. Before you make a purchase, there are some important considerations when choosing a piano for your church that you should be aware of.
Be Aware of Glare
Worrying about the finish of your piano seems like a rather superficial concern at first. However, churches have grown just as sophisticated in their lighting systems as in their sound systems. Indeed, the two go hand in hand. A well-polished piano can catch an ill-placed spotlight and reflect it more than anyone wants, causing a glare that can make it difficult for congregants or even other musicians and singers on the chancel to see. If you employ bright lights to illuminate your church, you may want a satin or a matte finish, which will lack the dazzling sheen and splendor of a high gloss but won’t compete with your high-powered lights. If you rely more on natural light or restrained illumination, a smoother finish may have a chance to shine.
The Right Sound for Your Service
The 88 keys on two different pianos may correspond to the same pitches, but they still don’t sound identical. Yamaha pianos are renowned for their excellence, but they also draw criticism in some quarters for an excessively “bright” timbre that lacks the richness that some pianists crave. Conversely, pianos from Steinway & Sons, the longstanding leader in American pianos, have a full tone that some pianists describe as too dark for their liking. Where do you want your piano’s sound profile to fall along this continuum? Make sure to make the right choice for your pianist.
There are not only acoustic and aesthetic considerations, but there are also financial considerations when choosing a piano for your church. Concert grand pianos by Yamaha and Steinway & Sons, the brands virtually synonymous with grand pianos, cost upward of $170,000. While this is a worthy investment for a church, it may not be immediately feasible. On the other hand, a premium upright piano can be a comparative bargain at around $25,000. With the help of the Helpinstill piano sensor and a quality sound system, our upright piano microphone alternative can fill your church’s space with a beautiful and faithful piano sound that fits within your budget.