The 6 most expensive pianos in the world are each a work of art by themselves and all of them surely are worth every dollar of their price be it through their design, acoustic quality or both. The piano is an instrument with a short but very eventful history which took over all sorts of music ever since its invention. Its success is in its concept which in its very own core is quite simple but astonishingly effective. This does not, however, mean that you will find it in the list of the 10 easiest instruments to learn how to play. This instrument is quite easy as far as the basics go but from then on there is literally not a learning curve but a ninety degree angle up.
Even so, let’s take a look at how the instrument we know as a piano (actually shortened from pianoforte) came to be. There is a comparatively long line of ancestors of the piano, which itself is a cross between a string instrument and a percussion one. The closest thing to a piano we can see in the past is the harpsichord which is an instrument that plucks a string with each key press. However, after its inventor – Bartolomeo Cristofori – introduces the piano and its more gentle and gracious timbre, the harpsichord and the clavichord,then only used for practice and composition,were replaced. The biggest breakthrough was not the sound this instrument produced but instead – the mechanism it employs to do that. The main concern here is that when a leather mallet strikes one of the strings, it should not remain in contact with the string but nor should it return on the string aggressively and bounce around. This was achieved by a complex system of levers which control a mallet and a damper head. The mallet strikes the string, bounces back and stays there on a key press while the other is raised off the string. When the key is released, the damped head touches the string so it stops producing sound. This is all achieved by carefully padding certain parts with soft materials and balancing the levers perfectly.
Knowing all that now, let’s take a look at the 6 most expensive pianos in the world.