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Hello. I saw a reference to this fairly recently here at Piano World but I can not locate it. With my back to the wall when sitting at the piano, how far from the wall should a grand piano be? There was reference to the distance needed to be able to pull out the action. I think that the suggestion was something like 3 or 3.5 feet? Thanks.


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Mine is 32” and the action still slides out and can be removed completely. Although you’d might want a little more space if doing voicing the hammers sliding it in and out etc. I’m also I’m taller then avg and 32” still gives plenty of space to play comfortably. I think there’d be no issues at all with 36”.


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When I positioned my piano, I made sure I had enough room for pulling out the action, and I'm pretty sure the minimum recommended was 3 ft.

In my case, from the edge of the keyboard to the wall, there's about 48.5 inches, and when pull out the bench, there's about 24 inches from the edge of the bench to the wall.

Give yourself as much wiggle room as you can, because you don't know if you will want to put something behind you. After I'd had my piano for a while, I decided I needed another lamp, and through a process of trial and error, I settled on a lamp that's actually directly behind my when I'm sitting at the keyboard. (There are other options, but this was what worked for me). If there was less room there, I wouldn't have been able to do that.

The way I have my piano positioned, I can get between the piano and the wall on all sides (on the straight side, I sort of have slide in sideways, but if I need to get back there, I can). If possible, setting it up that way might help you in the future (for cleaning, placing lamps etc.)


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The front of the keyboard of my BB is 35" from the wall and my tech regularly removes the action without a problem.

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Thank you all very much for your responses. I have forgotten how I stumbled upon the Piano World website, but it has been very helpful and interesting.


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