The Changing Fashions of the Piano Cabinet

28th April 2015

Over the last 150 years the style of the piano cabinet has changes significantly both for upright and grand pianos. There has been a gradual decline in decorative cabinet styles to simpler more streamline designs. On the whole the piano legs and music rests have become plainer but the general shape of the piano, especially the grand piano, has remained the same.

In terms of cabinet veneers then mahogany, teak, cherry, walnut, light oak and highly polished black are popular. Most cabinets are finished in a matt or stain lacquer with high density polyester glass-like coatings becoming more popular in recent years.

During the 1940's and 1950's it was a particularly lean time for piano manufacturers and the popularity of the piano saw a decline. However, in the 1960s there was a renaissance in interest and mass production of pianos through assembly lines became possible. This saw a shift to less ornate designs to simpler, cheaper designs with polyester coatings.

Attractive wood veneers are now making a comeback as people aesthetically appreciate the difference it makes and how the piano has become a feature in the home.

At Broughton Pianos we have a wide selection of pianos and cabinet styles for all budgets so please get in touch to see what we can offer.