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Brad Mehldau unveiling the new Steinway Elbphilharmonie Limited Edition piano

GODPARENT BRAD MEHLDAU

On 13 October 2018 American pianist Brad Mehldau received a very special honour: As godparent of the grand piano no. 1, he unveiled his own piano at STEINWAY & SONS’ presentation of its Elbphilharmonie Limited Edition, enchanting guests at the Elbphilharmonie’s Recital Hall with his performance. For him, it was a very special experience to be able to play a part in this evening. Brad Mehldau is sure of one thing: “I’ll remember it for a very long time.”

The Elbphilharmonie grand piano is a true fantasy piano, whose warm and open tone sang out from the very first moment he played it. “The piano sings back,” says the jazz pianist of the outstanding quality of the Steinway grand piano, “it inspires your performance.”

The experienced pianist knows that it is also extremely valuable to observe the instrument in unity with its surroundings, and he praises the excellent cooperation between the Elbphilharmonie and STEINWAY & SONS.

 

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Steinway & Sons Fit & Finish Improvements since 2013 – a photo essay

The first group of improvements concern measures that affect performance, or reduce the amount of musical preparation the pianos need after production — in the factory, by the dealer, or in the field:

Double-pounding
Double-“pounding” to develop hammer tone without lacquer

Problem: New hammers are relatively soft and required saturating with lacquer to harden them before they could be voiced. The use of lacquer in large quantity makes voicing more difficult and the results less predictable.

Solution: Although actions always went through a “pounding” by machine to settle cloth and felt parts, they now go through a second, more forceful pounding to naturally harden the hammer felt before voicing so that little hardening with lacquer is needed. The pianos come out of the factory closer to their final voice, and need less voicing by the technician in the field; and, for the end user, the voicing is more stable over time.

Individual hammer gluing
Individual hammer gluing

Problem: Using a special fixture, hammers were glued to the shanks in groups. This was fast and efficient in the short term, but because hammers slightly shift position as the glue dries, they required a lot of adjusting later on. The twisting and bending of the shanks during this adjustment put potentially damaging pressure on the action parts.

Solution: Hammers are installed individually, just as they would be in a rebuilding shop. This is much more labor-intensive in the short term, but is more accurate and eliminates most of the need for later adjusting.

Institute measures to reduce incidence of sticking dampers
Institute measures to reduce incidence of sticking dampers

Problem: Stainless-steel damper wires sometimes wouldn’t slide freely in the damper guide-rail bushings; dampers would stick in the up position, causing notes to sustain.

Solution: Damper wires are now made of nickel silver, which takes a higher polish than stainless steel, and is more malleable for easier adjustment. They are polished in an ultrasonic cleaner (shown), and the damper guide-rail bushings are impregnated with Teflon powder, which reduces friction to near zero.

Scale-indexed action-part mounting system
Scale-indexed action-part mounting system

Problem: Action parts were screwed to the action frame by hand, resulting in slight variations in the positions of parts on the frame from instrument to instrument. These variations then had to be eliminated by careful adjustment in the factory or the field.

Solution: Action parts and screws are inserted by a machine indexed to the scale of the piano. Installation is uniform and exact, so there is little or no need for adjustment later.

Improved hammer skiving
Improved hammer skiving

Problem: Strips of felt that are to become hammers must first be “skived,” or trimmed, into a pre-hammer shape so that when the strips are bent in the hammer-making molds, the resulting hammers will be of the correct size and shape. This used to be done using unstable wooden fixtures, and resulted in hammer sizes and shapes that varied from instrument to instrument, which required that more hammer filing be done before voicing in the factory or in the field.

Solution: A proprietary skiving machine (not shown) uses CNC technology to shape the felt strips to the exact specifications originally developed for each piano model so that the hammers turn out the same every time. Very little hammer filing is then needed prior to voicing.

Thin high-treble hammershanks
Thin high-treble hammershanks

Problem: Steinway wanted to enhance the tonal sustain in the high treble.

Solution: Thinning the hammershanks of the highest 20 notes to reduce their mass and increase their flexibility allows those hammers to rebound from the strings faster, which increases the volume level of their tonal sustain.

Climate-control action department
Climate-control action department

Problem: Action specifications such as the tightness of action centers and the dimensions of action parts vary slightly with changes in humidity. This contributed to a lack of uniformity among instruments, as well as the need for greater adjustment in the field.

Solution: Humidity control was integrated into the action department’s closed-loop dust-collecting system.

Replace buckskin with Ecsaine
Replace buckskin with Ecsaine

Problem: Buckskin, a natural suede-finished leather made from the hides of deer or sheep, was used in several places in the action where a tough, smooth material is needed, but it varied in thickness and quality from skin to skin. These variations affected critical action dimensions and made a consistent action regulation more difficult.

Solution: Buckskin has been replaced by Ecsaine, a synthetic material with the same tough, suede-like, low-friction properties as buckskin, but which is uniform from batch to batch. Shown here, covered in Ecsaine, are the hammershank knuckles. A side benefit of the change has been reduced action noise.

CNC-machined keybed
CNC-machined keybed

Problem: Although it appears flat to the naked eye, the keybed is actually very slightly curved to optimally fit the key frame, on which the keys move. Planing and sanding the keybed to produce this curvature was done by eye, with much variation from piano to piano. This resulted in additional adjustments in the factory and in the field to properly “bed,” or fit, the key frame to the keybed, and to adjust the key height.

Solution: The keybed is now machined with CNC equipment to ensure greater uniformity from one instrument to the next. Less work is required to bed the key frame, and key height is more uniform.

Adjustable music rack
Adjustable music rack

Problem: The angle of the music rack was fixed and did not suit all players.

Solution: The angle of the music rack can now be adjusted to the player’s preference.

The next group of improvements concern the piano’s appearance:

Rounding of case edges and corners on satin ebony models
Rounding of case edges and corners on satin ebony models

Problem: The sharp edges and corners of the case on satin ebony models didn’t hold the finishing material well, leading, with handling, to premature wearing away of the finish in these areas.

Solution: The corners and edges are now slightly rounded, which better holds the finish and resists wear longer.

Clearcoat case bottoms
Clearcoat case bottoms

Problem: Unfinished case woodworking on the bottom of the piano was hidden by black paint.

Solution: The woodworking on the bottom is nicely finished, and shown off under a clear coat of lacquer.

Improve appearance of trapwork blocks
Improve appearance of trapwork blocks

Problem: Trapwork on the underside of the piano looked rough, and was painted black by brush, which did not create a neat appearance.

Solution: Trapwork blocks are now sanded, given rounded corners, and spray-painted satin black before mounting on the piano.

Satin lustre (semigloss) soundboard finish
Satin lustre (semigloss) soundboard finish

Problem: The high-gloss soundboard varnish showed finish imperfections too easily, and took too much time to cure.

Solution: A satin lustre (semigloss) varnish shows finish imperfections less, looks better, and takes less time to cure, allowing fewer foreign particles to settle in the drying varnish.

High-gloss lacquer finish on fallboard, all models
High-gloss lacquer finish on fallboard, all models

Problem: Over time, the fallboard naturally develops scratches from players’ fingernails. Due to the “grain” of a satin finish, scratches showed up prominently on satin-finished fallboards and were difficult to buff out.

Solution: The fallboard on all models is now finished in high-gloss lacquer. Such a finish has no grain; while it still scratches, the scratches don’t show as much and can be buffed out more easily.

The last group of improvements concern measures taken to reduce the amount of touchup and repair needed after production:

Protective shields during installation of plate screws and bolts
Protective shields during installation of plate screws and bolts

Problem: Plates can get scratched during screw and bolt installation. Plates are difficult to touch up well.

Solution: Protective plate shields made of polystyrene were developed to fit each model. No touchup is required afterward.

Protective “armor” for cases during production

Problem: During stringing and other production work, the case arms, stretcher, and keybed would get scratched and dented, and would have to be touched up at the end of production. Often, the touchup was noticeable as such.

Solution: Plastic “armor,” developed to fit the front end of each instrument, is kept in place during the manufacturing process to minimize scratches and dents. The result is that little or no touchup is required.

Plate protection around tuning pins during stringing
Plate protection around tuning pins during stringing

Problem: The area around the tuning pins can get scratched easily during stringing, and is difficult or impossible to touch up.

Solution: Protective plate shields made of thin sheets of rubber were developed to fit each model. No touchup is required afterward.

Plastic covers to keep strings clean during production
Plastic covers to keep strings clean during production

Problem: Dirt and dust would get into the bass-string windings during production, sometimes resulting in discoloration and tonal impairment.

Solution: To keep dirt and dust out, the pianos are covered with plastic sheeting when not being worked on.

Positive-pressure clean room for soundboard finishing
Positive-pressure clean room for soundboard finishing

Problem: Despite best efforts to keep out dust, invariably it would get into the soundboard varnish as it dried, making for a less-than-perfect finish.

Solution: Create a positive-pressure clean room in which to spray and cure the soundboard varnish, resulting in a near-perfect finish.

 – Larry Fine
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How we set up a new grand piano out of the box!

Here are the steps of how we open and properly set up a new grand piano! The grand piano pictured here is a new Steinway & Sons model M 5’7″ grand piano

  1. We inspect the crate to make sure there are no abnormalties or shifts caused by shipping – we then cut open up the crate (cardboard, with wooden frame).
  2. Once the crate is opened,  we then see the silouette of the grand piano on its side in a climate controlled, sealed bag. We open up the bag and see the underside of the piano.
  3. We attach 2 of the grand piano legs; the back, and the treble (right) side of the piano.
  4. We then tip the grand piano downward so that the back leg wheel touches the ground and proceed until the treble leg hits ground.
  5. We lift the bass side (left) of the piano to fit the third and final leg. Now we have the familiar grand piano shape set up.
  6. The piano is now on three legs and allows us to now install the piano pedal lyre.
  7. We remove all protective packaging, clean and polish the instrument and further inspect to insure the piano is in perfect condition.
  8. We unlock the action, so that the keys are able to move – the are locked during transportation as to prevent damage.

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Roland LX-700 Series

Playing an expressive piano at a great-sounding venue feels incredible. The purity of the piano tone. The responsiveness of the keyboard. And the ambience of the room that further enhances the sound. But instead of just imagining how it would feel, why not find out for yourself?

Roland’s new LX700 piano series recreates this immersive playing experience with superior sound and peerless expression, housed within refined, elegant cabinet designs that invite you to perform. But while the sound and action are worthy of a high-end traditional instrument, Roland’s digital expertise lets you go much further. Maybe you’ll discover the unique atmosphere of a world-class concert hall or studio (even when using headphones). You could explore the distinctive tonal qualities of European or American-style grand pianos, relayed through our powerful Acoustic Projection multi-speaker systems. Or you may be inspired to play more often with Roland’s unique Piano Every Day app. Play a piano in the LX700 series and you’ll quickly find there’s a lot to love; getting started is easy – stopping is much harder.

A piano that communicates
at the highest level

If you’ve got high expectations of piano tone, the LX700 series is designed to satisfy. Even at the most basic level – the way the sound is created – the LX range stands apart. There’s the choice of two world-class pianos in one, each with remarkable tonal character that you won’t find anywhere else, and a powerful speaker system that’ll give you goosebumps. If you prefer the finer things when it comes to playing music, every model in the LX700 series is a sound investment.

Great performances start
with great sound

Tone is a priority for any serious pianist. The rich sound of a grand piano is created by a multitude of physical interactions; keys are pressed, hammers strike, strings resonate, and sound emanates. These and many other elements all contribute to the final sound that reaches the player. Roland’s entirely new PureAcoustic Piano Modeling uses advanced technology to reproduce the interactions within each of these stages, resulting in a beautifully rich sound that, until now, could only come from a grand piano.

The power to create
– at your fingertips

Roland’s PureAcoustic Piano Modeling technology digitally recreates the way acoustic pianos create sound; the key is pressed, the hammer strikes the string, the string resonates within the cabinet – before many other elements shape the final sound. These elements interact to produce complex tonal characters, while the resonance alters in response to the number of notes being played, their register, and how the damper pedal is being pressed. In the hands of the right player, an unlimited level of expression can be achieved, and the LX-700 series puts all of this, and more, right at your fingertips.

Why modeling is better
than sampling

Most digital pianos use ‘sampling’ technology, which records the individual notes from an acoustic piano and combines them to deliver the final sound. This approach results in a limited range of expression, similar to when animation is composed by still images. Roland takes a different approach, producing the sound using advanced digital modeling technology that recreates the process of piano-tone-generation in real-time. It’s so accurate that your expression and touch is captured as you perform, and reflected onto the tone, resulting in a beautifully rich sound that compels you to play.

The best of both worlds
– in one instrument

Even experienced pianists need fresh inspiration. The LX700 series includes two completely different piano models; a classic European grand with a rich, deep tonal character, and an American grand that emphasizes clarity and brightness. This approach goes far beyond the typical sound variations found on conventional digital pianos. Think of it as owning two world-class pianos, representing two distinct-but-complementary sides of the piano’s tonal spectrum. You can even customize the sound so it’s exactly how you like it.

Sensational sound that surrounds you

Each LX700 model includes an Acoustic Projection System, reproducing the rich, room-filling sound of a grand piano in a great venue – without needing the floorspace. The flagship LX708 houses a four-way, eight-speaker system, driven by a powerful amplifier, with each speaker fulfilling a specific role in delivering superior piano tone. The powerful cabinet speakers produce the all-enveloping main sound, while the top-mounted spatial speakers reproduce the resonance of the piano’s frame, projecting through the front C-shape wide aperture. Finally, the nearfield speakers and tweeters project the sounds you’re most likely to notice, including dramatic, dynamic overtones and even the noise of the hammers hitting the strings through the keyboard section. The sound can be made even clearer by opening the top lid.

  • LX708 | 4-way / 8-speaker

    Eight-speaker Acoustic Projection System, comprising four independent pairs of speakers, each pair optimized to recreate specific elements of a piano’s sound (for example, cabinet and body resonance, or the sound of the hammers striking the strings).

  • LX706 | 3-way/6-speaker

    Six-speaker Acoustic Projection System, comprising three independent pairs of speakers, each pair optimized to recreate specific elements of a piano’s sound (for example, cabinet and body resonance, or the sound of the hammers striking the strings).

  • LX705 | 2-way/4-speaker

    Four -speaker Acoustic Projection System, comprising two independent pairs of speakers, each pair optimized to recreate specific elements of a piano’s sound (for example, cabinet and body resonance, or the sound of the hammers striking the strings).

  • LX708 | Opening top lid

    Opening the top lid provides a natural but noticeable variation in tone, just like opening the lid on an acoustic grand piano.

  • C-shape with wide aperture

    The front C-shape wide aperture projects the resonance of the piano frame from the top-mounted special speakers.

Touch that brings your music to life

You’ll spend a lot of time touching the keys and pedals of your piano. And if you’re an experienced player, you should feel confident that your technique won’t be compromised. The keyboard and pedals on the LX700 series respond faithfully to your playing, with a level of expression limited only by your imagination.
Heavy or light, fast or slow – however you play, these keyboards and pedals have the accuracy and expression to support you.

Tone meets control

The way you strike the keys – from the pressure to the speed and velocity – is critical to capturing the feel of a piece, from pianissimo to fortissimo. Your piano’s keyboard must respond faithfully to all the elements of your touch, and the Hybrid Grand Keyboard on the LX708 and LX706 is our solution. Each keyboard supports the most advanced technique, so even highly accomplished pianists won’t need to adapt their playing or compromise their expression.

PHA 50 Keyboard
Hybrid Grand Keyboard

A keyboard that keeps up

Each keyboard in the LX700 range feels natural and expressive to play, thanks to a number of innovations. The white keys combine beautiful wooden sides with a durable inner frame, ensuring years of reliable service without ongoing maintenance. The pivot point on the black keys is 2cm further back than on the white keys, so they’re easier to press which avoids fatigue when you’ve been performing for a while. And both the black and white keys are longer than you’d normally find on a digital piano, with the extra length reducing the weight difference between the key’s edge and its end. Plus, all the keys include a stabilizing pin to ensure smooth and precise vertical travel, avoiding the sideways key movement and noise of playing glissandos on some pianos. The result is a series of keyboards with the optimum balance of resistance, momentum and return movement, capable of anything – and everything – you ask of them.

The authentic feel of
a grand piano keyboard

An acoustic grand’s keyboard transmits the subtle vibrations from the piano’s body, and the player feels these through each key, adding to the physical pleasure of playing. The LX708 reproduces – and lets you adjust – the physical vibrations that resonate through the keyboard, even when using headphones. It’s especially noticeable on the lower keys where piano body reverberation naturally occurs, further complementing the authentic grand piano experience.

Ivory/ebony feel

The keys replicate the look and feel of real ebony and ivory, and their textured, moisture-absorbing properties mean your fingers won’t slide off.

Channeling the
power of the pedal

Advanced techniques aren’t limited to the keyboard. Roland’s Responsive Damper mechanism on the LX708 accurately recreates the detailed damper pedal response of a grand piano. This lets you channel the sympathetic resonance of the piano strings for a dramatic and lustrous sound. Lighter at first, the pedal’s resistance increases as you press, before becoming lighter again upon release. Meanwhile, when a piece requires a lighter touch, use a more accurate ‘half-pedaling’ response, with the damper pedal depth allowing subtle control of tone decay.

Experience a grand piano sound,
and the space around it

The sound produced by a piano is only half the story; the acoustic characteristics of the performance venue also contribute to the final sound. The LX700 series includes newly developed PureAcoustic Ambience technology, recreating not just the piano’s sound but the space all around it. The result is so realistic, you’ll forget that you’re listening through the piano’s speakers or the headphones.

Play in a concert hall,
while sat at home

Pull up the stool, close your eyes and imagine playing a concert grand piano in a renowned concert hall. Transformed by the acoustic properties of the hall, the sound becomes even more dramatic and powerful. To recreate this experience at home, the LX700 series not only reproduces the rich, powerful sound of a grand piano, but also the space in which it’s played. Discover how it sounds to play in larger spaces, including concert halls, cathedrals and studios, adding an extra dimension to an already wonderful instrument.

  • Studio

    The Studio setting emulates the acoustic ambience of a top recording studio. It’s ideal for daily practice, or for playing jazz standards.

  • Lounge

    The Lounge setting recreates the acoustic ambience of a small venue with an audience capacity of around 80. It’s perfect for practicing your set before you perform on a club tour.

  • Concert Hall

    The Concert Hall setting emulates the acoustic ambience of a larger 2000-capacity concert hall. It’s a great choice for playing classical repertoire.

  • Wooden Hall

    The Wooden Hall setting recreates the acoustic ambience of a medium-sized 500-capacity hall with wooden walls. It’s ideal when you need a warm sound with immersive ambience.

  • Stone Hall

    The Stone Hall setting emulates the acoustic ambience of a medium-sized 600-capacity hall with stone walls. Choose this setting for solid atmospherics that let your playing shine.

  • Cathedral

    This setting recreates the acoustic ambience of a huge cathedral, giving you the depth and ambience to inspire your most epic piano playing.

Practice in peace without disturbing others

A key advantage of a digital piano is using headphones, to avoid disturbing others. But the LX700 series takes it a step further, using Headphone Acoustic Projection technology to optimize the sound sent to the headphones. As you play, you’re enveloped in rich, warm sound that seems to emanate from the piano itself. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of the PureAcoustic Ambience feature on the headphones, too – just close your eyes and you could be playing a midnight concerto in a concert hall, from the comfort of your own home.

Find the perfect combination of piano and performance venue

Because it can recreate the acoustic ambience of a venue, each LX700 model lets you explore several inspiring combinations of piano and location. The ‘My Stage’ function offers a choice of tone collections, each perfectly matching the piano to the venue for an incredibly immersive experience. For example, ‘Piano Recital’ lets you hear what it sounds like to play a European grand in a large concert hall, while Jazz Club lets you try an American grand in a smaller lounge with completely different acoustics.

The piano that invites you to play it

If you’re moved by superior sound, you may also appreciate form and function. As you approach each piano in the LX700 series you’ll notice a classic, elegant cabinet that makes any room just look better. Come closer and the lustrous premium finish introduces a touch of understated luxury. The curves and edges are subtly sensual. The control layout is precise and logical. And a variety of small-but-thoughtful touches will keep you coming back for more, day after day.

Beautifully simple. Simply beautiful.

When a piano sounds this good, it should look good too. From the tall, impressive cabinet flanked by one-piece side panels on the LX708, to the elegant front legs and sophisticated curves, every piano in the LX700 series draws you in and compels you to start playing. Across all three models, the finish has been carefully selected and meticulously manufactured, so you can choose a piano that truly looks at home in your living room.

Designed for sound

Roland’s design philosophy goes beyond appearances. The unique C-shape aperture on the front panel enables natural sound projection, while the top lid can be opened to further enhance the piano’s tonal character.

Greater focus,
fewer distractions

Each LX700 model puts the controls directly in your line of sight, so you can glance down, find what you need and focus on your performance. The thoughtful touches continue with buttons that become backlit when activated, an extra-wide music rest for the thickest music scores, and a rotary volume knob instead of the usual buttons. You don’t even need to press the power button – just open the lid and start playing.

The LX700 series design philosophy

The LX700 concept was to create a range of instruments that are beautiful and inviting to play. The overall aesthetic is one of elegance and purity, while the general design is loyal to classic piano styling – but if you take a closer look, there are subtle twists. We invested time to create a striking and timeless exterior, while also offering a unique and recognizable silhouette – all achieved with well-balanced lines and a pure form with subtle rounding. The result is an instrument that has a strong presence in the room, without shouting.

More than just a piano

Roland’s digital advantages can endlessly enhance your playing. Slip on headphones to practice in peace or perform late at night. Wirelessly connect your smartphone to the piano’s powerful speakers, then play along with your favorite music. Try an inspiring choice of non-traditional sounds, including electric pianos, organs, harpsichord and strings, plus a library of onboard songs, from modern pop to classical repertoires with full orchestra backing – perfect for a change of pace. There’s even a selection of onboard extras – from onboard metronome to recorder – to make learning easier. You won’t pay for regular maintenance either, as LX700 models never need tuning. For the discerning pianist, a piano should always be a piano. But when you choose an LX700, it can be something more too.

Transforms into an impressive Bluetooth® speaker system

Sometimes you want to make music. Sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy it. Either way, the high-quality speaker systems found in the LX700 series will fill your home or venue with rich, exceptional sound. When you’re entertaining friends, Bluetooth audio functionality allows the piano to replace your hi-fi, wirelessly connecting to your tablet or smartphone and playing your favorite songs and playlists through the speakers.

Connect to your smart device and make piano practice fun

Piano practice is a pleasure, not a chore, when you use the LX700 series’ integrated Bluetooth MIDI functionality. You can wirelessly connect to educational apps like Roland’s Piano Every Day, accessing digital sheet music, song libraries, and more. And when you’re just relaxing, the Piano Every Day app lets you control the piano’s internal song library from the comfort of your sofa.

The piano you’ll want to play every day

If you’re serious about mastering the piano, the LX700 series offers a range of digital extras that put you in control of your learning. Convenient onboard features for daily practice include metronome and recording function – plus songs that cover a variety of genres, helping you with everything from listening and ensemble work to entertainment and basic skill-building. Another key advantage is compatibility with smartphone apps – you’ll be amazed how fast your skills improve with Roland’s Piano Every Day app.

Piano Every Day app

Playing piano makes you feel good – and Piano Every Day is a unique smartphone app that encourages you to play more often. Create your own library of scores or purchase the latest music from Sheet Music Direct. Try the ‘1-week master’ option to track and display your progress as you learn a new piece, complete with exercises if required. If you love playing piano, learn something new and play more often with Piano Every Day.

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Onboard educational features improve your piano playing

The LX700 series provides an alternative to conventional book-learning with an array of educational features. Playing alongside the onboard songs prepares you for joining a band or orchestra, while Twin Piano mode lets a learner and teacher play side-by-side in the same key range. The built-in metronome develops accurate timing, while the onboard recorder lets you capture what you’ve just played, then listen back to evaluate your progress. Meanwhile, the unique Do Re Mi Lesson found in the onboard songs lets you learn music basics, by singing solfege along with the songs or practicing score-reading.

Find the best LX piano for you

The three models in the LX700 series ensure that every player can find the best match for their musical taste, style and budget. While each model includes the latest piano sound technology, the LX708, LX706 and LX705 each have specific combinations of speaker configurations, cabinet variations and keyboards.

  • LX708

    The LX708 is the flagship model in the LX range. From the flowing keyboard to the tall upright cabinet housing a 4-way/8-speaker system, this luxurious instrument brings the graceful look of a high-end acoustic piano to your home.

  • LX706

    The LX706 is a sophisticated upright piano with expressive touch and head-turning sound, courtesy of a powerful 6-speaker Acoustic Projection system. With its traditional and classic style, it adds a touch of elegance to any room.

  • LX705

    The premium LX705 uses the latest PureAcoustic Piano modeling technology to bring world-class piano performance into your home. The 4-speaker system will envelop you with warm, authentic piano tones.

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Now is the time to buy – especially if you want new!

 

If you’re interested in the benefits of a new, beautiful piano you should consider buying now as our Canadian currency has developed a losing trend over the past several months – and — most of our products are purchased through the US, even ones built in Asia. 

Why buy new?

The benefits of buying a new piano allow a beginning pianist to experience what TODAY’S piano industry standards demand – believe it or not, things have changed considerably in just the past 20 years — when we say change this has to do with; construction, leading to the 2 most important features of a piano; sound and touch.

Over the past couple decades our technology has greatly advanced which has allowed worldwide communication – particularly Europe Asia & America — to build to higher standards than ever before. The internet alone has enabled transparency leading to higher standards, and the extinction of truly poorly built instruments.

The piano is considered as a luxury, expensive family purchase that is generally used for decades. Therefore, an instrument built today that cannot deliver adequate performance, or that wont withstand certain climates will inevitably not sell.

For further education please contact us today – we’re delighted to help families select the right piano by providing a thorough education in the process.

New year promotion: Our new acoustic pianos start at only $4995 ($7,195) or $130 per month on our easy piano plan*.

Price includes:

– 10 year parts & labour warranty ($?)

– Delivery ($250) here in Edmonton main floor

– complete preparation including tuning, voicing & regulation ($300)

– 1 complimentary tuning in your home ($150)

– 10 year “get-what-you-paid” trade plan

*ask us for details.

Contact us today:

Ph 780-484-3170

Or – for more information please contact us through the form below:

Contact the Piano Centre

 

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Steinway Spirio Update

Spirio Spotlight

NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SPIRIO CATALOG

Steinway & Sons Spirio, the world’s finest high resolution player piano, presents jazz headliner Aaron Diehl in a tour-de-force set of short works by Dick Hyman that encompass the heritage of jazz. In just 20 minutes, Diehl (and Hyman) take us from Scott Joplin to Earl Hines, from Fats Waller to Dave Brubeck. Aaron is also featured in two SpirioSync videos:  tributes to George Shearing, and our featured Steinway Immortal, the remarkable Art Tatum.

Tatum’s heavy influence on jazz is well known. Spirio listeners have the privilege of experiencing the man himself through our re-created performances. Indeed, Tatum’s influence is not bounded by jazz — most pianists, irrespective of genre, marvel at his astonishing technique and musicianship.

New & Notable

If you have enjoyed listening to our September featured artist from, Ludovico Einaudi, you’ll want to hear our favorite Belgian pianist Jean-François Maljean, who returns this month with a new set of music that features his engaging blend of jazz and New Age improvisation.

The trailblazing pianist and composer Vijay Iyer takes us to another area of jazz that highlights his diverse creativity that is so admired.

And if you liked Piotr Anderszewski’s taste of Janáček’s On the overgrown path released in September, you will want to hear Czech pianist Ivo Kahánek, who presents the complete First Book of that seminal work.

Japanese pianist Yoko Kikuchi debuts on Spirio with some short works including Mozart’s Kleine Gigue; Jenny Lin plays Sibelius and Philip Glass; and Sunny Choi plays Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.

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The Steinway Touch

THE DEVELOPMENT OF ACTION MECHANISMS

One day in 1932, Josef Hofmann, the American pianist, composer, and inventor who had already spoken of the STEINWAY’s “extraordinary perfection of action,” came to STEINWAY HALL and said, “It isn’t quick enough. Can’t you make it still more sensitive, still more responsive?”

Hofmann’s challenge was the impetus for STEINWAY to become the most responsive and sensitive of any piano made. Frederick Vietor, grandnephew to C. F. Theodore Steinway, fulfilled Hofmann’s request by creating the STEINWAY ACCELERATED ACTION, enhancing the STEINWAY action to respond to the touch instead of being forced into action. Today, the ACCELERATED ACTION is found on all American-made STEINWAYS.

Laboratory tests have proven that the keys on a STEINWAY 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.

The keys of a STEINWAY are constructed of Bavarian spruce. The quarter-sawn maple action parts are mounted on a STEINWAY METALLIC ACTION FRAME, which consists of seamless brass tubes with rosette-shaped contours, force fitted with maple dowels and brass hangers to assure the stability of the regulation.

RECENT IMPORVEMENTS:

1983 / “Permafree-II” action centres (Emralon-impregnated centre-pin bushings) are introduced. Emralon, the liquid version of teflon, reduces wear and eliminates friction.

1992 / “New York Improved” action geometry (imporved leverage as well as improved manufacturing precision)

2006 / Escaine is introduced on backchecks, knuckles and balanciers for quieter operation of action parts.

2008 / Climate control and daily computer measurement of tolerances are introduced in the action department for making the world’s finest piano action parts.

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University of Alberta Piano Masterclass

Piano Masterclass – Janet Scott Hoyt

October 11, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Convocation Hall, University of Alberta

Join us for a piano master class with former Music Department pianist and renowned piano pedagogue, Professor Emerita Janet Scott Hoyt.


About Janet:

Alberta-born pianist Janet Scott Hoyt is a performer and pedagogue with a wealth of experience on the concert stage and in the teaching studio. She studied at the University of Alberta with Robert Stangeland and completed her postgraduate studies there, supported by numerous scholarships and awards. Further studies were done in Europe with Cecile Genhart and at the Banff Centre with Gyorgy Sebok and Menahem Pressler.

A highly sought-after collaborative pianist, she has had a long association with the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 1995 she was nominated to lead the Collaborative Pianists Faculty there. During the course of her career, she has performed with many internationally renowned artists, including violinists Sydney Harth, Oskar Shumsky, flautists Robert Aiken and Jeanne Baxtresser, horn players Barry Tuckwell and David Hoyt, cellists Shauna Rolston, Tanya Prochazka and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Among her many performances are premieres of works by composers such as Violet Archer, Srul Irving Glick, Malcolm Forsyth, and Oskar Morawetz.

Janet Scott Hoyt was named to the piano faculty of the Department of Music at the University of Alberta in 1998 where she now supervises a graduate program in piano pedagogy. She has also served as a faculty member for Augustana University College and the L.I.S. Summer School at the Hochschule Fur Musik in Detmold, Germany. She is in great demand as adjudicator, coach and workshop clinician.

 

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Check out our iPad automated Pearl River grand piano!

Check out this YouTube video of our Pearl River baby grand piano with a fully automated player system all controlled by iPad! Equipped with a speaker system, control volumes of the audio and piano performance – all at the touch of the ease-of-use QRS app!

 

Player Piano Systems are designed to complement the life of your piano. Since you will more than likely own the piano for a long time or want to sell it at a reasonable value you’ll want to know that the player inside compliments its life. There are three things to look at in that respect – the components – are they built to tolerances and with materials that can handle the various climates and conditions while being played over a long period of time, the manufacturers history of offering an upgrade path to the latest technology without an expensive replacement, the manufactures history in the business and the music library.

 

QRS’s PNOmation is the only system that since its introduction has been offering a migration path to the latest technology. Its use of the finest components allow the customer the confidence to move forward with an upgrade with knowledge that the rest of the system remains solid. QRS’s use of longer fully encased solenoids with Teflon impregnated solenoid plungers delivers much more accurate control over the range of motion. They also resist corrosion and are self-lubricating. A lost motion cap on the bottom insures proper throw, that without can never guarantee you are delivering the dynamic called for. Next is dynamics – a longer plunger and solenoid delivers more accurately the dynamic called out for in the music. This dynamic can be of the new standard HD MIDI or the old MIDI. QRS supports both.

 

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