The Difference Between a Spinet and a Console
Console pianos and spinet pianos use a different type of action.

The Console, or Direct Blow action is better because the feel of the key is more consistent than that of a spinet. Below is a rough diagram of a key, with the blue boxes representing the key bed felts, and the green representing the balance and rail pins that hold the key in place. When you play the piano, some of your fingers are positioned toward the back of the key—closer to the balance rail, and some toward the front (see arrows). On a Spinet or Drop Action, the geometry makes it much harder to depress a key when your finger is closer to the balance rail than when your finger is depressing the front of the key.

I have a console.

I have a spinet.


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