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Not got the space or budget for your budding Rachmaninov to play a full-size piano? Or do you want something smaller and more colourful for little Chopin to test before investing in a larger, more expensive keyboard?
Take a look at our guide to the current range of toy and realistic miniature pianos. There’s sure to be one that your musical child will love.
1. My First Piano Red II
A 25-key (two octave) tabletop toy piano that’s ideal for toddlers aged six months to two years.
It comes with a songbook containing a collection of familiar tunes, along with Schoenhut’s patented Learning System (based on colour) which has been specially designed to build a child’s confidence and develop basic playing skills.
The keys are the same width as a real piano, so children learn about stretching even while their hands are growing.
Chromatically tuned, the lovely chime-like notes are produced by little hammers striking precision-ground, German steel music rods.
2. New Classic Toys 0157 Piano Black
An octave-and-a-half (18 keys) black wooden piano stated as being suitable for ages 3+. It has full width keys with dimensions 280 x 250 x 290mm.
3. Melissa & Doug Learn-to-Play Piano
A highly colourful two octave piano which includes tambourine, cymbals, maracas, clacker, tone blocks and a triangle. It won’t produce a huge sound but the 25 hand-tuned keys provide a great start.
4. Bontempi Grand Piano
A very cheap and colourful introduction to keyboards, this 20-note keyboard is shaped like a grand piano and features detachable legs. It’s suitable for ages 3+.
Also available as a 27-note version for £14.66
5. Baby Grand Piano Keyskills Age 2-6
Featuring 30 keys, this wooden baby grand toy piano features realistic plastic keys and a chime-like tone made from small hammers striking steel rods. No tuning required.
6. Schoenhut Elite Fancy Baby Grand
This fancy high-gloss baby grand piano comes with a matching bench and features 30 full-size keys. It comes with a book and the Schoenhut patented learning system.
Also available in red
7. Melissa & Doug Grand Piano
A more realistic-looking mini grand piano from Melissa & Doug, still featuring tambourine, cymbals, maracas, clacker, tone blocks and a triangle. Has 30 keys.
8. Mood Works traditionally crafted wooden music piano
A 25-key brightly-coloured wooden piano suited for children aged 3+.
9. Early Learning Centre Grand Piano
A mini electronic baby grand piano with three octave keyboard, a microphone, eight instrument sounds and lots of rhythms and other features, as well as the ability to record and play back audio.
Requires two AA batteries.
10. Schoenhut 44-Key Baby Grand Piano
For those with a serious amount of money to spend, look no further than the Schoenhut 44-Key Baby Grand Piano. These 44-key, stringed pianos feature perfect pitch and true piano sound.
With a keyboard half the size of that on an adult piano, this 44-key piano’s four and a half octave span allows plenty of room for playing with both hands. Working pedals are easy for children to reach. Schoenhut, leader and innovator in the toy piano and musical toy industry, recognizsd the need for a mid-sized piano to ease the transition from a toy to a full-sized version. These beautifully crafted stringed instruments were created after months of in-depth collaboration on the design with a reputable, century-old piano manufacturing firm.
Also available is the Schoenhut Black 44-key Upright Piano for £1,399.99.