Since 1853 a number of the worlds most striking and higher quality pianos are made by the world famous piano manufacturing company Steinway & Sons. Immediately recognisable as have been played by some of the music industry’s most respected musicians like Elton John and Lady Gaga.
Steinway pianos reach many thousands of pounds and they have become a thing of wonderment. The most expensive price that a Steinway piano has sold for is a staggering $1.5 million. Steinway are often most recognized for their impressive grand pianos but they also make upright pianos, art case pianos and a selection of custom made pianos.
What’s the Difference Between an Upright and a Grand Piano?
The main difference between a grand piano and an upright piano lies in the positioning of the strings. In an upright piano the strings are placed and sit vertically and at a grand piano that the strings lie horizontally. Many often cite another difference between the two models is the grand piano produces a richer, better audio.
The heritage of Steinway and sons is American and German as I said at the beginning of the article they’ve been manufacturing pianos in Manhattan NY since 1853. The founder of Steinway & Sons was Heinrich Engelhard who at the time surname was actually Steinweg. The Steinway brand is one that is respected and synonymous with top quality and advanced manufacturing of pianos which has led to them winning several awards for their contributions to the advancement in piano manufacturing.
In addition to being the worlds most admired creators of a few of the worlds most sought after pianos, the factory of Steinway and Sons is in itself a tourist attraction.
The privileged tour of the factory can take around three hours and you’ll be able to witness the production of a Steinway and Sons piano from start to finish, all for free. It’s been stated that a Steinway Piano is the most complicated thing built by hand in the world, containing 12000 parts per tool (Business Week).
Each Steinway piano in itself is a work of art such great care, consideration and attention to every detail to make a piano that has been constructed to the most extraordinary levels of perfection.
“The outermost layer of every Steinway piano, called the veneer, uses wood from a single tree to ensure uniform appearance and attractiveness (Business Week).”
A piano from Steinway in Sons is most definitely a bit of history in the making and they without doubt justify their will we say exclusive price tag. Steinway & Sons are the definition of a brand they have equity, character, exclusivity and a hugely loyal customer base and it looks set to stay that way many years to come.