I have been looking to buy, get a deal really, a quality acoustic piano in very good to excellent condition. From this experience I get the impression that piano tuners know much more about pianos in general than piano players.
So one piano tuner tells me that if you open the top of the piano, and look down inside you will see pieces that extend from the outward keys of the piano, back inside. If these pieces only go about half way to the back inside wall then the piano is a spinet, I am told. If, however, these pieces go all the way back to the back wall, then you do not have a spinet.
Here is a link to an image of a piano I recently looked at:http://buffalo.craigslist.org/msg/3053149810.html
It has the Baldwin Classic logo on it with serial # 1467071; Style # 633. A reputable local tuner tells me it looks like a console. But when I look down from the top, I can't tell how far back the pieces noted above extend since mechanism blocks my view. But for sure they don't go all the way to the back. The tone of the piano is what I would expect from a spinet, but the owner tells me it hasn't been tuned in over ten years and it occurred to me that maybe that accounts for the poorer tone.
Can anyone tell me if this is a spinet? If not, would this piano be classified as a console?