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Steinway’s Accelerated Action™

Did you know? Laboratory tests have proven that the keys on a STEINWAY piano can repeat 13% more quickly than any other piano. The same features that allow for this faster repeat also provide a much more sensitive, responsive keyboard, an aspect that can be appreciated even by beginning pianists.

1) Balanced Rail Bearing

The balance rail bearing, as you can see in the illustration taken from the 1931 patent, is a rounded felt-covered piece of maple, which serves as the fulcrum on which the key pivots. Only STEINWAY incorporates a rounded surface; other brands have flat rail bearings.

Why is a Rounded Surface Important?
Scenario 1: Imagine a long plank balanced on a flat piano bench. It’s easy to place the plank so that it balances. The plank can be moved slightly one way or the other without either end touching the ground.

If you place your hand on one end and press very lightly, the plank might bend a little but the other end will not move. As you gradually press harder, the other end of the plank will eventually move, but only after you have applied considerable pressure.

Scenario 2: Now imagine the same situation but with a round surface on top of the flat bench. In this case the plank moves easily (friction free), and it is somewhat difficult to balance; once balanced, pressure on either end will cause the opposite end to move.

This principle underlies every STEINWAY action. The benefit is that the STEINWAY keys move friction free on the rounded balance rails making for the most responsive action possible.

 2) Weighted Keys

The second distinguishing factor in the touch is the weighting of the keys: Larger weights are placed closer to the balance rail bearing, causing the keys to return faster.

So why doesn’t every piano manufacturer incorporate these features? In one word: Time. Every key found on STEINWAY pianos is individually weighed off — a remarkably time consuming process.

Because the STEINWAY action has a much more sensitive fulcrum than actions of other pianos, all other action-related regulation is also more sensitive. The sensitive fulcrum of a STEINWAYaction increases the complexity of all parts of the action.

STEINWAY, of course, is happy to put in the extra work, especially when the result is the most responsive piano action in the world. As the founding credo states “Build the best piano possible.”

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Simply a better piano.

When Henry E. Steinway and his sons founded what would become the world’s most famous piano company in 1853, they promised to passionately execute Henry’s ambitious vision: ‘To build the best piano possible.’ This 165-year-old mission statement is today imbued in every element of the Steinway brand, including the Steinway–designed Boston piano.

The Boston, born in 1992, is the culmination of Steinway & Sons’ decision to develop a new line of instruments to meet the needs of piano connoisseurs not yet ready for a Steinway. Designed by Steinway the Boston is manufactured using a recipe developed from Steinway’s more than sixteen decades of premier piano-building and commitment to continued improvement.

Through its adherence to Steinway design principles, the Boston maintains its position as the best piano available in the popularly-priced market, bar none. Thanks to its Steinway pedigree, the Boston sounds better, plays better, and lasts longer than any other piano in its price range.

SOUNDS BETTER.

There are distinct design differences between the Boston and any other piano in its market, and these design distinctions are born of the Steinway recipe. Just as the Steinway is known for its unmistakable “Steinway Sound,” so, too, has the Boston developed a reputation for a distinctly pure, rich sound that simply can’t be reproduced by other pianos.

The Boston owes its superior sound to Steinway–designed advancements:    

  • Steinway & Sons Engineers Susan Kenagy and John Patton designed the Boston from the ground up at Steinway & Sons’ New York factory, calling upon 165 years of pioneering piano manufacturing.
  • Steinway–designed low-tension scaling results in a longer sustaining tone and longer  life of the whole piano. A low-tension string scale design gives a fuller tone by allowing more of the lower partials to sing. It also has more sustain, is more powerful, has more dynamic range, and provides warmer and mellower tones.
  • The linearly tapered solid Sitka–spruce soundboard, designed for optimal vibrational response, which provides a bigger, richer, fuller tone and increased sustain.
  • The hard rock maple inner rim, which — by virtue of its superior qualities—produces less vibration and less absorption of sound to generate a better, fuller sound from the soundboard.
  • The “wide-tail” design, which offers substantially more surface area on the soundboard to create a richer sound and the impression of playing on a larger instrument. Additionally, the wide-tail design permits longer bass strings, as they can be placed closer to the center of the soundboard, providing a much richer, deeper and colorful bass.
  • Pear-shaped hammers manufactured on a Steinway-owned hammer press. Striking the strings at exactly the right spot, these hammers are designed to produce the best tonal result.
  • Solid copper-wound bass strings — made by Mapes Piano String Company in Tennessee, USA — will last longer than copper-plated on steel. It also ensures pure tone for the life of the instrument. Steinway–patented overstringing permits maximum speaking length of bass strings and a smoother transition from bass to tenor.
  • The Steinway-patented, vertically-laminated maple bridge with solid maple cap, which provides the best transfer of energy from bridge to soundboard. The patented bridge is also placed closer to the center of the soundboard in Boston grands, thus allowing for a more even disbursement of energy and resulting in a richer, fuller tone.

PLAYS BETTER.

From students to teachers to performing artists, pianists who play Boston know the benefits of the Boston “feel” and are passionate about its superiority to the touch of other pianos in its price range. The trademark responsive action of the Boston is owed to its Steinway pedigree, which emphasizes sophisticated geometry and the highest-quality construction materials.

Like Steinway, Boston uses all-wood action parts — never plastic like many competitors. Wood helps to determine the Boston’s characteristic feel and allows the player to experience the “feedback” from the keyboard that is found only in performance-level instruments. In addition, Boston pianos feature Steinway–patented (and famous) rosette-shaped flanges, which mate positively with the action rail, lock into place, and prevent any twisting or shifting of the action parts. This means that despite humidity, temperature changes, or heavy use, the Boston’s action is forever tight, sharp, and responsive.

The rosette shape on Boston’s action rail was originally patented by Steinway in 1868: it’s a time-tested hero when it comes to piano “feel” and stability, and no other similarly-priced piano offers it. In addition, the design of the Boston action requires less energy to start the hammer moving, permitting pristinge repetition, an extremely responsive action, and greater control over a tremendous dynamic range.

LASTS LONGER.

Like the Steinway from whence it came, the Boston piano is designed for legacy and longevity. With its unique, proprietary design, Boston has emerged since 1992 as an affordable workhorse with an elegant pedigree and long-lasting heirloom potential. While the overwhelming foundation of the Boston’s durability stems from its adherence to Steinway design and Steinway–sanctioned manufacturing and materials, there are specific points that offer it a long-lasting playing life:

  • Radial bracing (on Boston grands) ties the framework of the instrument together and supports the rim; and staggered backposts (on Boston uprights) address tension where it is greatest and ensure stable tunings and an overall longer life.
  • The low-tension string scale works seamlessly with these two unique Boston bracing systems. Physics guarantees that this design creates a piano with less stress that is better able to handle tension and prolonged use.
  • Inspired by the revered Steinway Hexagrip® pinblock, the Boston’s Steinway-patented Octagrip® pinblock is constructed from eleven layers of hard rock maple. These layers are glued in different grain angles to keep the tuning pins tight but allow for fluid motion. The result is improved tunings, greater tuning stability, and overall extended piano life.

The Steinway-designed benefits of Boston pianos are real. Boston is designed by the world’s most revered piano maker, utilizing expertise and technologies honed over more than 165 years. Built in manufacturing facilities with the ability to build exactly according to the Steinway design, the Boston is fashioned from a famously-exacting recipe for piano greatness — one which has found countless passionate devotees the world over. And based on the ever-increasing number of Boston pianos sold to music schools and institutions, where performance and longevity are paramount, it’s clear that the word is out on Boston.

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Player Grand Piano Special

Let your iPad or phone bring your piano to life with outstanding technology at incredible pricing.

 

 

How does it work?

Installed from factory, these state-of-the-art systems are seamlessly integrated into an acoustic grand piano to bring live music to your home – All with the touch of your tablet or phone!

Did you know?

This System includes:

  • The most advanced player technology.
  • The most advanced optical record technology.
  • The best and most comprehensive music content.
  • Industries best roster of artists.

Models on sale from $16,995, with our Grand Payment Plan starting at only $225.08 per month on approved credit.*

*Please contact us today fro more information at steinwayedmonton@live.com or 780-484-3170

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Piano lessons have greater impact than you can imagine

Our very own Angela Cheng shares her personal relationship with music and the power of its universal language. Piano lessons can have a greater impact than you can imagine!

I was 11 years old and didn’t speak a word of English when we arrived in Edmonton from Hong Kong. I was placed in seventh grade – junior high – while my younger sister went to elementary school with our four cousins. It was lonely. And failing everything except mathematics was heartbreaking.

So I begged my mother for piano lessons. I would love to say that I had been a devoted musician from the time I was four years old – I wasn’t. But I think I knew that when I couldn’t communicate with words, I could with music. And that music would help me feel some kind of connection, some continuity.

But it was a hard time for my family. My mom was a school principal in Hong Kong, but she gave that up to come to Canada and work in a factory so my sister and I could have a better future. Even so, she found a way to get me those lessons.

Every Saturday, I took several buses to get to Alberta College on the south side for my piano lesson. I’d spend the whole day there practicing, and then my teacher would drive me home. On Sunday it was the same thing, but we were placed in chamber groups. I remember playing in a trio and with a violinist and a cellist, even though I couldn’t speak English. It didn’t matter because music really is a universal language. Those are very happy memories for me.

I’m so grateful to my mother for finding a way for me to take those lessons, and for bringing us to Canada. I’m also grateful to the people of Edmonton. After a determined music teacher convinced me that music – not medicine – should be my life’s work, a group of Edmonton women set up a scholarship for me. They created a foundation and held bake sales, raffles, bingos, book sales – you name it – to raise enough money to send me to Juilliard in New York.

I know that everything I do is possible because of the people who supported me along the way. I live and teach in Ohio now, but Edmonton is my home. Every time I get a chance to play here, I treasure it. 

— Angela Cheng, former Alberta College Conservatory student

Angela is an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared with more than 100 orchestras around the world and is known for her remarkable technique, tonal beauty and insightful musicianship.

Angela is playing a concert at MacEwan on June 2 in celebration of the Muttart Foundation’s 65th Anniversary. Email conservatory@macewan.ca for more information or to order tickets.

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How Steinway’s Spirio self-playing piano engineered a symphonic turnaround

Steinway recently introduced this high-tech self-playing concert grand piano called the Spirio.  Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY

Steinway is striking a chord with a new segment of buyers. And some don’t even know how to play the piano.

The key to its newfound success? A technologically sophisticated self-playing grand piano that retains the 165-year-old brand’s rich musicality.

Made in concert with piano engineer Wayne Stahnke, the Spirio uses a mobile app and an iPad included with the purchase to activate the performances of masterful artists such as David Benoit and Bill Charlap.

“It’s a player piano, but we call it a re-performance piano,” CEO Ron Losby said in an interview. “It is a seamless melding of 21st-century technology and Old World craftsmanship.”

 

The path to a self-playing piano came about after hedge fund manager John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. acquired Steinway in 2013. Paulson was riding high at the time after famously reaping billions from his bet against the housing market.

Yet just a few years ago, the piano maker’s sales weren’t so melodic as young Americans turned away from music for other pursuits. Also crippling: The Great Recession ushered in tighter spending among concert halls and other institutional buyers. From 2007 to 2012, Steinway sales had slumped 13%.

Paulson’s personal love of the piano traces back to his formative years as a kid, when his piano-playing sisters begged his father for a Steinway. His family couldn’t afford it at the time, but Paulson’s father scraped together enough money to instead purchase a baby grand piano.

“But it wasn’t a Steinway, and I remember my sister crying at that time — and I realized how powerful the draw was for musicians to play on Steinway,” Paulson, who could not be reached for comment for this story, said in a video interview posted by the company. “My viewpoint is you can’t have too many Steinways.”

Steinway began spending heavily to develop the Spirio self-playing piano, which made its debut in 2016, and expand sales in foreign markets.

Steinway has hundreds of hours of performances available on the Spirio, which uses a complex system of optical sensors and proprietary software to translate hammer velocity and ensure proper pedaling. Owners get free access to the growing catalog.

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Steinway 165th Anniversary Savings Event

 

Since 1853, STEINWAY & SONS has built the world’s finest pianos. Every STEINWAY grand and upright piano is a masterpiece of handcrafted precision and a consummate work of art—painstakingly built by experienced artisans with unending passion for their craft. And today’s STEINWAYS are the best STEINWAYS yet, supported by generations of expertise and state-of-the-art technological advances.

Celebrate the 165th Anniversary of STEINWAY & SONS—an iconic brand and an indelible piece of American musical history—Save thousands, with interest as low as 0% for one year. Interested in a particular model or would like more detailed information? Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch with you.

*Financing subject to approval. Offer expires May 5th, 2018.

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Grand Piano Floor Template

 

With a piano template you can envision what size grand piano is best for your space. As a complimentary service, we can send out a piano specialist on a booked appointment to help you size out the proper length of grand piano for your home. Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you promptly!

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Steinway adds Tania Léon to Artist Roster

Steinway & Sons is proud to announce the addition of Tania León to the roster of Steinway Artists, a select and prestigious group of pianists who have chosen to perform exclusively on Steinway pianos. León is now in the company of immortal legends Sergei Rachmaninoff, Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, and Nina Simone and contemporary icons Thomas Adès, John Corigliano, and Ahmad Jamal, among others.

Havana-born, Grammy-nominated Tania León is world-renowned as a composer and conductor and recognized for her accomplishments as an educator and advisor to arts organizations. Her commissions include works for the National Endowment for the Arts, The Library of Congress, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among others. Her works have been performed by orchestras around the world, and she has collaborated with such authors and directors as John Ashbury, Margaret Atwood, Rita Dove, Jamaica Kincaid, Mark Lamos, Julie Taymor, and Derek Walcott.

“Tonyia’s energy and passion are unsurpassed, and her artistry is the absolute gold standard.”

RON LOSBY

CEO, STEINWAY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

León has lectured at Harvard University and at the prestigious Mosse Lecture series at the University of Humboldt in Berlin. León was also Visiting Professor at Yale University and Guest Composer/Conductor at the Hamburg Musikschule, Germany and the Beijing Central Conservatory, China.

León is both a founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the founder of the Composers Now festival in New York City. Her work with Composers Now was honored by a proclamation by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio naming February 1st as “Composers Now Festival Day.” The proclamation recognizes Composers Now as an ally in empowering living composers from many different global traditions and heritages.

A professor at Brooklyn College since 1985 and at the Graduate Center of CUNY, León was named Distinguished Professor of the City University of New York in 2006. In 2010 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her honors include the New York Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and Guggenheim Fellowships. In 2012 she received both a Grammy nomination (for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition”) and a Latin Grammy nomination (for “Best Classical Contemporary Composition”) and in 2013 she was the recipient of the prestigious 2013 ASCAP Victor Herbert Award.

STEINWAY inspires me as a player, and as a composer.”

TANIA LEÓN

“Tania León is one of the most renowned and sought-after composers and conductors of our time,” said Ron Losby, Chief Executive Officer of Steinway Musical Instruments. “She is a visionary artist and a tireless advocate for music, dance, artistry, and education. We are thrilled to have her join the roster of Steinway Artists. Her energy and passion are unsurpassed, and her artistry is the absolute gold standard. Her values are very much aligned with those of Steinway & Sons; this is a partnership of which we are very proud.”

“Steinway inspires me as a player, and as a composer,” León said.

For more information on Tania León, visit www.tanialeon.com.

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Steinway Sets the Stage

STEINWAY PREFERRED BY 95% OF CONCERT PIANISTS

Pianists performing with the world’s major symphonies continue to overwhelmingly choose STEINWAY & SONS, as evidenced by STEINWAY’S most recent “Box Score,” a yearly survey taken following each concert season to assess piano preference; during the 2016–17 season, 95% of piano soloists performing with orchestras played on STEINWAYS.

The survey includes data from 388 performances with 70 orchestras around the world. These orchestras reported that 388 of their piano soloists performed on STEINWAY & SONS instruments. The rating is consistent with results of surveys throughout the last decade. STEINWAYS have never accounted for less than 95% of the performances reported in a given year. It is this data that consistently supports the assertion that STEINWAY is the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists and is the preferred instrument of countless pianists, professional and amateur, throughout the world.