How important is the furniture style of the piano?

Furniture style is entirely a matter of personal taste and has no effect on the quality or functioning of the instrument. One caveat, however: Free-standing legs on smaller vertical pianos are prone to breakage if the instrument is moved often. Legs attached to the instrument sides with toe blocks, common on medium-size and larger verticals, represents a sturdier construction. For more information on piano furniture styles, including pictures, see this article in “Piano-Buying Basics.”

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