What does a baby grand piano cost? Pricing breakdown by type

by Stephen N. Reed

Couple using a baby grand template
A baby grand can be the perfect piano for the buyer who has a space in their home that is too small for a full grand but which can accommodate a grand that i a little bit smaller.

You’d really like to buy a grand piano, but your space is limited.  What to do?  A baby grand can be the perfect piano for the buyer who has a space in their home that is too small for a full grand but which can accommodate a piano that is a little bit smaller.

The term “baby grand” has been prevalent for decades but without universal agreement about the exact size of this kind of piano. One aspect that has consensus is that a grand piano under 6’ in length is in the baby grand category.

In addition, the smaller size allows for some savings in the cost.  The case and the soundboard all require a lesser amount of expensive materials.

While a baby grand piano can’t deliver the power of a full-sized grand, it can still produce more volume than an upright piano.  So the buyer comes away experiencing many of the aspects of a grand piano, just in a smaller size and cost.

But what does a baby grand cost?  That depends on whether it’s new or used, what brand it is, how old it is, and what condition it’s in.  We’ve seen a wide range of baby grands at M. Steinert & Sons.  We have been helping customers for 160 years to find the best possible piano for their needs.

By the of this article, we will give you a better idea of what kind of baby grand piano you can buy across a range of prices.

Used baby grands: What do you get for your money?

The used piano market is huge.  Some buyers will try out different used pianos at different piano stores, hoping to find a great deal, while still securing a piano with most of its life still ahead.

Others with less money take a look at “for sale by owner” types of pianos, including baby grands.  These are not certified and typically are sold “as is,” as the individual seller is usually not interested in making repairs.  They just want to get rid of the piano, which is why they are willing to offer it for a low price.

“Free pianos abound in our marketplace,” says Steve Hauk, Sales Manager for M. Steinert & Sons.  “Hire yourself a reputable guild technician to assess it before accepting it.”

How much does a lower-end baby grand piano cost?  $501–$10,000

chipped piano keyboard
A free piano is a case of “you get what you pay for.” The quality of such pianos is often so poor as to have no musical value.

You can usually find a free baby grand or one for $500 or less if you try hard enough.  But the value of such pianos is often so poor as to have no musical value, and we’ve written an additional article on the questions to ask before accepting a free piano.

A look at the Boston-area Craigslist shows the kinds and qualities of baby grands at the next lower end of the price spectrum, $501 to $10,000.

For example, a 1968 Yamaha G3, 6’, high-gloss mahogany, said to be in superb condition, goes for $7,500.

A 2000 Young Chang rosewood baby grand, Pramberger series is offered at $4,900.

On any given day, one can find a baby grand with no musical value, offered for less than these.  Others in good condition can fetch a price up to or over $10,000, depending on the brand.

The main problem in buying a less expensive model is that, unless you are a piano technician or bring one with you, you may never know how little you’re getting until you bring this sizable piece of furniture home.  That is true whether one buys a new or used piano.

Pre-owned Certified and some new baby grand pianos: $10,001–$20,000

This is not to say that good, used baby grand pianos don’t exist.  They do.  But they are more likely to be found at an authorized piano dealer as Certified Pre-owned pianos for whichever brands you want to try out.

Certified Pre-owned are typically are not older than 30 years and in good condition, having been checked by a professional piano technician.  Certified Pre-owned pianos can run into the $20,000-$30,000 range easily and more for newer models.

Also, this range incorporates new Essex baby grands, the most affordable of the Steinway-designed pianos.  A new model in this line is possible in this price range.  Read more about their smaller grands here, like the EGP-155C Classic Grand and the EGP-155F French Provincial, both at $14,300+.  Or you could look into the small Yamaha GB1K Baby Grand Piano, starting at $14,999 – $19,179.

You could take your chances on a used Steinway in this range, but unless you luck into a really good deal, to the buyer beware.

Mid-priced brands and some good used Steinway baby grand pianos: $20,001–$40,000

Yamaha C1X piano
The Yamaha C1X costs between $36,000–$39,000.

In this range, some good, new mid-high brand baby grands are available.  For example, if you want to move up to a higher quality Steinway-family piano, a new Boston baby grand, the 5’1” GP-156 New Performance Edition II can be bought for $22,600.

A 5’3” Yamaha Model C1X costs $36,000-$39,000.

A 5’11” Kawai Model GX-2BLK costs from $40,000 – $43,000.

Some good, used Steinways can be found in this range with some effort.

Upper-range baby grands:  Steinway Certified Pre-owned baby grands and more new models, $40,001–$85,000

Once the range is between $40,001–$85,000, much higher quality baby grand pianos are possible.  For example, a Steinway Certified Pre-owned baby grand piano under 6’ falls into this range, at different places depending on the age and condition.

The quality advantage of getting a Certified Pre-owned model comes from knowing that all Steinway parts have been used in any repairs.  Steinway Authorized Dealers only certify pianos that are 30 years old or less.

Steinway rosewood Model S baby grand
The Steinway Model S comes in a variety of special finishes.

This upper-range of cost yields several advantages to the buyer who is in a position to pay more for a new baby grand.  A new baby grand has a longer life, as it is freshly made.  Plus many piano companies offer a warranty with a new piano.

Steinway & Sons also offers a trade-up policy for any purchase of a new Steinway, Boston, or Essex piano.  When you purchase any new or Pre-owned Steinway, you will receive 100% of the original purchase price in trade toward a new Steinway or Steinway-Designed piano of greater value for the lifetime of the instrument.

Prices for high-quality new baby grands start within this $40,001–$85,000 range and go beyond it, too.  Within this range, a Bechstein 160 costs $62,000. A Mason Hamlin B is $76,173.  A Model S from Steinway costs $80,100. The cost for other new baby grands can go well beyond $85,000, as with the Fazioli F-156, which costs $184,500.

Baby grands may not need as much space as you think

The best way to see if a baby grand is the right piano for you is to play some.  We would enjoy showing you what baby grands are like from the Steinway-family of pianos.

In the meantime, enjoy reading some additional information about how a baby grand often can fit in the same space as an upright piano:

Will a grand-style piano fit?

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