Below are 10 of the most common FACTS and FICTION about Steinway and Sons pianos.
Steinway started as a German company.
FALSE: Steinway began in New York by German immigrants. Later they opened a factory in Hamburg, Germany. Today Steinway pianos are manufactured in both New York and Hamburg.
Steinway was owned by CBS in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
TRUE: Steinway was owned by CBS in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Many people agree that the quality of manufacturing was generally lower during this period of time.
Boston is a lower line piano made by Steinway.
FALSE: Boston is a stencil piano. The name was invented by Steinway to sell pianos through the Steinway dealer network with pianos manufactured by Kawai.
In the early part of the 20th century, Steinway and Sons treated action parts in a way that made them seize up years later.
TRUE: Steinways from the early part of the 20th century often suffer from a condition known as verdigris. The treatment which was thought to avoid corrosion on action parts caused action parts to seize up and require extensive restoration.
Steinway used Teflon in their actions so they wouldn’t wear out.
TRUE: During the CBS period of ownership in the 1960’s and 1970’s and even into the early 1980’s, Steinway experimented with utilizing Teflon instead of the usual felt bushings in their actions. Most technicians found it difficult to deal with clicking noises that resulted over time.
A Steinway 7-foot piano is actually 6 feet 10 1/2 inches.
TRUE: Steinway 7 foot pianos are an inch and a half short of 7 feet. The 9 foot concert grand is also an inch under 9 feet.
All currently produced Steinways have the Accelerated action.
FALSE: New York made Steinways have Accelerated actions. However, Hamburg produced Steinway pianos utilize actions made by Renner and do not employ the Accelerated actions.
A new Steinway direct from the factory is more refined than a Yamaha from the factory.
FALSE: New out of the box, a Yamaha is far more refined than a Steinway. Steinway pianos come to dealers in an unrefined state. It is up to the dealer to have extensive regulation, voicing, tuning and other adjustments to get the pianos playing on a high level.
Used Steinways represent an excellent value in a high quality used piano.
FALSE: While a good used Steinway piano may be a better investment than a new Steinway, there is a premium you must pay on a Steinway piano compared to comparable pianos from other top tier manufacturers because of the recognition of the name.
Steinway is the number 1 selling American made piano.
TRUE: There were only 1600 pianos produced in the United States last year and Steinway produced over 1000 of them.
Below are 10 of the most common FACTS and FICTION about Steinway and Sons pianos. Steinway started as a German company. FALSE: Steinway began in New York by German immigrants. Later they opened a factory in Hamburg, Germany. Today Steinway pianos are manufactured in both New York and Hamburg. Steinway was owned by CBS in the 1960’s and … Continue reading 10 Surprising Facts About Steinway and Sons PianosRead More