THE WORLD´S FINEST PIANO
"TO BUILD THE BEST PIANO POSIBLE"
HENRY E. STEINWAY (1797-1871)
"I HAVE LOOKED TO THE STEINWAY PIANO SINCE I WAS THREE, NOT ONLY AS MY IDEAL CHOICE OF AN INSTRUMENT BUT AS A RESPONSIVE END EVER READY FRIEND"
SELECTING THE PERFECT INSTRUMENT
IS EFFORLESS WHEN THERE IS NO EQUAL
Whether in the world´s concert halls or living rooms, the sound of a Steinway & Sons grand or uprigth piano is beyond compare. Simply stated, they are the world´s finest pianos. Each piano - a work of art in its own rigth - is the result of a three year journey that begins with the selection and seasoning of the woods and concludes with a handcrafting process of up to a full year. The instruments os Steinway & Sons set the standard of quality, earning the Steinway piano a unique worldeide reputation synonymous with musical excellence. Steinway pianos have gained this renown not only with regard to professional musicians, but also with those discerning individuals who have a passion for music.
"STEINWAY GRAND PIANOS ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD"
A LEGACY OF INNOVATION
WHICH CONTINUES TODAY
Success requires commitment and passion - two qualities that were clearly demonstrated in abundance by company founder Henry E. Steinway. Born as Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg in Wolfshagen, Germany, he built his first stringed instrument at just 20 years of age. Eigth years later, in 1825, he established his workshop in Seesen. Since his permit was only for a repair shop, Steinweg had to complete his first piano secretly in the kitchen of his house in 1836. At 212 cm long (about 7 feet), it was th size of a concert grand of the period. What makes his achievement particulary impressive is that many pioneering developments found in this "kitchen piano", such as making the soundboard bridge from a single piece, are still used today. The pasion and craftsmanship evident in the creation of this first Steinway piano would become the time-honoured haalmark of the company.
A COMMITMENT FOR GENERATIONS TO COME
Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg succeeded in incorporating his own innovative ideas in concert whit the finest European designs in building his first fortepiano. This legendary "kitchen piano", characteridsed by close attention to detail and extraordinary dimensional accuracy, set the bechmark for all the future generations of piano builders. These methods, like the pianos themselves, would be handed down over generations. Today, the same level of commitment is found in a Steinway, with methods being handed down - often within multiple generations of the same family - to create pianos built to stand the test of time.
FROM STEINWEG TO STEINWAY
In 1850, Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg emigrated to America with his sons, where a more favourable bussines climate allowed them to pursue in their passion for innovation and tonal excellence. Having already crafted 482 instruments, Heinrich and his sons where accustomed to experimenting with the advanced technologies of the time in their continual quest to create a more perfect piano. Their path took a new direction in America, as Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg became Henry E. Steinway, and on 5 March 1853, Steinway & Sons was founded. This formallly sent the company on the course towards building the best piano possible - wich the company continues on to this very day.
SETTING A NEW TONE IN NEW YORK
Steinway & Sons quickly made a name for it self in America, essentially laying the foundation for modern piano building. The company´s development was driven by passion and an innovative, on pursuit of building the best piano possible. In 1855, Steinway & Sons instruments received the first official recognition of their superior quality with an award of the American Institute Fair, wich was the first of many awards and recognitions to come. The very first Steinway & Sons patent was granted in 1857, and since that time the company has been granted more than 125 additionals patents, positioning the Steinway as the piano by which all others are judged.
A NAME KNOWN AROUND THE WORLD
As the reputation and recognition of Steinway & Sons spread, there emerged a need to supply concert halls, universities and discriminating purchasers throughout the world. In order to satisfy this demand, C. F. Theodore Steinway expanded upon his father´s legacy, opening the Hamburg production facility. Founded in 1880, the Hamburg remains the company´s only manufacturing facility outside of New York, where it has continued - and the enhanced - the legacy of Henry E. Steinway. Today, both Steinway factories employ the innovative designs, attention to detail and craftmanship wich have established the Steinway piano as the world´s finest. Through the factories in Hamburg and New York, as well as the subsidiares in Berlin, London, Tokyo and Shanghai, customers throughout the world can experience a Steinway piano first-hand.
"I HAVE LONG ADMIRED STEINWAY PIANOS FOR THEIR QUALITY OF TONE, CLARITY, PITCH CONSISTENCY, TOUCH RESPONSIVENESS AND SUPERIOR CRAFTMANSHIP"
WITH THE FINEST MATERIALS
Every grand and uprigth is a masterpiece of craftmanship and consummate work of art. Each Steinway piano, consiting of more than 12,000 individual parts, has its own musical character and is as unique as the individual who plays it.
To achieve this distintive musical character, Steinway & Sons uses only the very best solid woods that have been carefully selected, cut and seasoned. The wood is matured for up to two years before it is used in the crafting of a Steinway piano. It is this painstaking approach that produces the unique character inherent in each and every Dteinway and which has earned Steinway & Sons a reputation for unsurpassed quality that stood for generations.
CRAFTMANSHIP IS AN ART
The excelence of Steinway pianos comes not only from outstanding materials and superior technololy, but also the traditional old world craftmanship that goes into each and every Steinway grand or uprigth piano. The secret of the "Steinway Sound" is directly related to the interply of the musical parts.
The one-piece continuous bent rim is one of the most important technical innovations in piano building. It is the rim that provides the foundation for the beauty, stability and quality of each Steinway grand piano. The rim is comprised of up to 20 layers of hard rock maple - with both inner and outer rim being pressed together in a single operation - wich provides the structural integrity that enables a Steinway piano to endure for generations. This unique rim construcction has been an integral part of every Steinway grand piano since it was developed and patented by Steinway & Sons in 1878.
The soundboard lies at the heart of a Steinway grand or uprigth piano, which is why great care is needed both in its design and in the selection of the wood. To meet the highest quality standarts, only superior Sitka spruce with a regular grain and prescribed minimun number of anual growth rings is acceptable. The production of the Steinway & Sons soundboard is based on a 1936 patent to achieve optimun performance in dynamic range and maximum sustain. Under this patent, the soundboard is gradually tapered from the centre to the edge, permiting freedom of movement and creating a sound of unparalleled richness, sonority and sustain.
The better the materials, the better the sound. Steinway & Sons constructs its soundboard bridges exclusively from laminated hardwood with a horizontal, capped with solid maple. Each bridge is notched by hand for precise, individual string-bearing. This design ensures optimal sound transmision from the strings to the soundboard, resulting in a sustained, resonant tone - creating the inimitable Steinway Sound.
THE CAST-IRON PLATE
Up to 20 tons of stringing tension is being exerted within a piano at all times. It is the function of the cast iron plate to accommodate this extraordinary force and provide strength and stability throughout the life of the piano. Steinway & Sons uses its own "bell-quality" casting to support this string tension and reduce vibration, which in turn enhances the sound. This component is so integral to the construction of a Steinway piano that Steinway & Sons owns and operates its own foundry, which produces cast iron plates to its exacting specifications.
THA ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE A PERFECT SOUND
IS TO START WITH ABSOLUTE SILENCE
Every Steinway piano has its own unique character. To fully develop the individual sound of a Steinway, a master tone regulator must discover and develop the unique sound of every instrument. To do this, they need to work in absolute silence and trust their well-trained and infalible ear, adjusting the hammer heads until the unimistakable Steinway Sound emerges. This sound offers almost unlimited freedom of expression, lending itself to abroad range of musical styles. A Steinway & Sons piano is ideally suited to any musical genre that the player prefers. It is, indeed, s symphony orchestra at your fingertips.
" SOMETIMES A STEINWAY HAS A VERY STRANGE MAGIC. IT PLAYS BETTER THAN THE PIANIST AND IT IS THEN A MARVELLOUS SURPRISE."
" IF I AM TO PLAY MY BEST, THERE IS NO WAY BUT STEINWAY."
A BRAND BECOMES LEGENDARY
WHEN ARTISTS CHOOSE IT - RATHER THAN
THE BRAND CHOOSING THE ARTISTS
Without them, a Steinway piano is silent. But together, the artist and piano create music - such beautiful music that most professional pianists choose to perform only on Steinway pianos.
For decades Steinway & Sons has cultivated special relationships with pianists from every genre. From classical pianists like Lang Lang and jazz stars like Diana Krall to pop icons like Billy Joel and "inmortals" like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Sergei Rachmaninov and Arthur Rubinstein - more than 1,500 artists make the Steinway their own. This is even more remarcable when one considers that none of these artists are paid to endorse Steinway pianos, but choose to play them for the love of the music. The number of Steinway Artists continues to grow, as many young pianists who perform in competitions, festivals and concerts strive to become part of thid higthly esteemed circle of celebrated pianists.
Whether on the stages of the most prestigious concert halls, or at one of the more than 120 All-Steinway Schools, including The Julliard School in New York, th China Conservatory of music in Beijing and the Royal College of Music in London, to name but a few, Steinway pianos remain the pre-eminent choice for notable institutions around the world.
" THE STEINWAY IS THE MOST VERSATILE INSTRUMENT I KNOW"
UNLIMITED ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
Created in the same factory as the grand pianos, Steinway uprigth pianos take an advantage of the same patented fatures, processes, design, materials and extensive handcraftsmanship. The result is the world´s finest upright piano - living up to the Steinway & Sons name in every respect.
Steiinway uprigth pianos represent an attractive alternative where space constraints rule out a grand piano. Because they are manufactured to the identical quality standarts, they possess the same exceptional touch and unlimited tonal expression found in a Steinway grand piano.
Colleges, universities and discerning individuals worldwide have chosen the Steinway uprigth piano to ensure that there is no artistic compromise - as even a small space can sound like a concert hall with a Steineway uprigth piano.
BUILT TO LAST FOR GENERATIONS,
A STEINWAY BECOMES A CHERISHED
MEMBER OF THE FAMILY
To call a genuine grand or uprigth piano of Steinway & Sons ones´s own is an overwhelming feeling. Far more than just an exquisite instrument, it is a possesion of inmense intangible and material value. A Steinway piano epitomises joy in musical perfection and represents a secure finantial investment - because its value increases over the years, as it is passed down from generation to generation.
"A STEINWAY IS A STEINWAY AND THERE IS NOTHING LIKE IT IN THE WORLD"