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History of Steinway & Sons

September 13, 2023

History of Steinway & Sons

Steinway & Sons is a famous piano company that was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in New York City. He and his sons developed the modern piano by making many innovations and improvements in piano design and construction. Steinway pianos have won many awards and patents, and are widely regarded as high-quality instruments.

Some of the models of Steinway pianos are:

  • Model S: The smallest grand piano, measuring 5’1" and weighing 540 lbs. It was designed by Paul Bilhuber and introduced in 1935.
  • Model M: A medium-sized grand piano, measuring 5’7" and weighing 560 lbs. It was introduced in 1911 and is popular for home use.
  • Model L: A larger grand piano, measuring 5’10.5" and weighing 610 lbs. It was introduced in 1923 and replaced the Model O in 2005.
  • Model O: A grand piano, measuring 6’10.5" and weighing 760 lbs. It was introduced in 1900 and discontinued in 2005. It was revived in 2014 for the European market.
  • Model B: A concert grand piano, measuring 6’11" and weighing 760 lbs. It was introduced in 1878 and is widely used for solo recitals and chamber music.
  • Model A: A grand piano, measuring 6’2" and weighing 695 lbs. It was introduced in 1878 and is the largest of the “parlor grand” pianos.
  • Model D: The largest and most powerful grand piano, measuring 8’11.75" and weighing 990 lbs. It was introduced in 1884 and is the standard piano for classical concert performances.

Steinway also makes upright pianos, which are smaller and more compact than grand pianos. They have different models, such as the K-52, the V-125, the UH-132, and the Z-114.

Steinway has two factories, one in New York City and one in Hamburg, Germany. The New York factory supplies the Americas, while the Hamburg factory supplies the rest of the world. The pianos made in each factory have some differences in materials, design, and sound.

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