By far the most common of these is the Challen baby grand, which measures between 4ft 4in and 5ft long. They vary a great deal and fluctuated in quality, the worst being passable and that best good. the 4ft 4in ones have a “simplex” action which was good when new or not extensively used, but wears more quickly than the normal roller action. Other good makes which are relatively common are Broadwood, Rogers, Chappell, Cramer and Steck . These also vary considerably. From about 1895 to 1910 Broadwood and Chappell made some very fine 5 to 6ft baby grands, every bit as good as top German ones.Challen baby grands account for over 20% of all those available in the UK. As they specialised in them, the pianos are generally well made, and the best ones are excellent. However, perhaps 60% of them are mediocre. Please see our Challen page for more details. Other makes whose baby grand pianos can be good, are in rough order of availability: Chappell, Cramer, Alison and Rogers. Avoid most of the inexpensive ones which are frequently sub-standard. We recommend Kawai and Feurich as two of the most consistent and trusted makes.