There are a number of reasons why you would be curious as to how much a piano weighs. Perhaps you’re getting ready to move or you’re looking at purchasing one.
Whatever the reason, I thought it would be wise to give you a breakdown on what the average piano weighs. There are definitely a couple of things to consider with this question, however, I have averaged out 7 upright pianos(new and old), and 7 grand pianos(including baby grands).
Keep in mind that this is only 14 pianos, however, I grabbed all of the major brands and tried to grab new and old models to get the average price.
In short, the average piano weighs 753 lbs (342 kg). To get to this number I took 14 popular pianos, both upright and grand, then I proceeded to average them out.
Average Weight Of An Upright Piano
To get to the bottom of this, I took 7 examples of upright pianos below. Take a look at the data below.
- Young Chang 121: 496 lbs (225.9 kg)
- Steinway & Sons Model 1098: 480 lbs (217.8 kg)
- Bösendorfer 130: 582 lbs (263.9 kg)
- Baldwin BH-122: 542 lbs (245.9 kg)
- Yamaha P22: 490 lbs (222.3 kg)
- Steinway & Sons Model K-52: 600 lbs (272.2 kg)
- Kawai K300: 500 lbs (226.7kg)
The average weight of an upright piano: 527 lbs or 239.043 kg.
You will notice that a lot of people claim that upright pianos weigh around 300 lbs. This just isn’t true. There are some that do. However, most come in closer to 400 and 500 lbs.
If you are attempting to move a piano, the easiest way is to have two people and to use a 4 caster dolly.
Average Weight Of A Grand Piano
Grand pianos are typically going to weigh between 500 and 1,500 lbs. Most of them, however, will not be over 1,300 lbs. It depends on how big they are and the year they were made. A lot of the materials used today are lighter than what was used years ago.
Note: Some of these are baby grand pianos, as I wanted to present data that included larger grand pianos and smaller ones as well.
- Mason & Hamlin Artist Grand Piano BB: 1,090 lbs (494.4 kg)
- Steinway Model D Concert Grand Piano: 990 lbs (449 kg)
- Steinway Model S: 540 lbs (245 kg)
- Yamaha C3 Studio: 705 lbs (319.3 kg)
- Young Chang Y185: 671 lbs (304.4 kg)
- Mason & Hamlin CC: 1,399 lbs (634.6 kg)
- Steinway & Sons Model B: 760 lbs (344.8 kg)
The average weight of a grand piano= 879.3 lbs or 398.9 kg.
It would be safe to say that most grand pianos will be slightly under 1,000 lbs and slightly over 600 lbs on average.
879 lbs is a very fair analysis, as I have calculated some of the heaviest and lightest grand pianos.
Can You Move A Piano On Your Own?
The short answer is, yes. The long answer is, it depends. It depends on the weight and if you’re going upstairs. Typically, two people can move a heavy piano with a 4 caster dolly pretty easily.
I have moved my Story & Clark piano up and down flights of stairs for years with 3 people total. This weighs 505 lbs. Keep in mind, this is by no means easy. I heavily recommend hiring movers to move your piano if it’s valuable and you’re dealing with stairs.
Materials Used Varies The Weight
A lot of the weight in pianos come from the iron cast that is used. Sometimes older uprights are going to be heavier because of the wood used as well.
Looking For A Lighter & More Portable Option?
If you’re a pianist or aspiring pianist who doesn’t want to deal with heavy pianos, you can check out the best digital pianos here. I personally will always choose to play an acoustic piano or a digital one, however, digital pianos have gotten so much better with time.
MIDI controllers are also solid options. I say this because you can get a decent feeling controller and then access 1,000’s of VST’s. VST’s are basically virtual instruments. They emulate instruments and they actually do a great job.
To use a VST, you will need a DAW or digital audio workstation. Here are my favorite free DAW’s.
Should You Buy A Heavy Piano?
My honest opinion is that you shouldn’t let the weight be a factor in the choice of your piano. If you’re head over heels about a piano, go for it and figure out the rest later. Yes, you may have to spend a couple of hundred dollars to move it, but just make sure you plan out your moves and anticipate that.
After all, pianos last a lifetime, so don’t worry about having to move a couple of times with them.
What Makes Pianos Heavy?
Pianos are heavy because of their overall construction. Pianos are typically constructed with heavy wood, cast iron plate, and the keys and wheels.
70% of the piano’s weight comes from the harp (cast iron plate).
I came to the conclusion from my case study that the average piano weighs about 879.3 lbs or 398.8 kg. How much does your piano weigh?