The variety of finishes available for this upright piano make it the perfect choice for any home. With its classic design, it is sure to compliment any interior space.

The Essex incorporates the latest design and engineering enhancements from Steinway’s dedicated research and development team. By utilizing specially engineered materials, large-scale production techniques, and carefully selected manufacturing environments, the Essex is able to deliver a level of musical performance previously unattainable in its price range.

With the Essex piano, you get more than the best possible value for your money. You also enjoy complete investment assurance, as each Essex piano is backed by Steinway & Sons and serviced by Steinway-trained technicians. Your purchase is also backed by the Steinway Promise: If you decide to trade-in your Essex piano for a new Steinway grand piano at any time within ten years, you will receive a trade-in credit equal to your original purchase price.



Premium Spruce Soundboard
Essex Solid Stika Spruce, same wood used in a Steinway


The best pianos built today, or handbuilt pianos, have premium solid-spruce soundboards, but spruce soundboards are not created equal. A premium soundboard will be made of straight-grain solid spruce (not laminated) with a minimum of 8 grains per inch and be free of knots and irregularities. These qualities ensure overall structural integrity and even distribution of vibrations. Most manufacturers do not specify anything beyond solid vs. laminated, allowing for a wide variance in wood quality.


Reinforced pear-shaped piano hammers
The Essex reinforced pear-shaped hammers – Like Steinway, the Essex reinforced hammers provide durability and retain shape over the years.


Dense under-felt is applied before the white hammer felt is glued and fastened to the hammer molding. This reinforcement will help the hammer retain its shape through years of impact with the strings. Often overlooked and not something that will cause an issue right away, this is a feature many manufacturers will eliminate in order to cut costs.


Essex Massive backposts - Like Steinway
Like a Steinway Upright, the Massive, staggered backposts maximize the support of the soundboard, which increases the strength and stability of the piano.










With a TOTAL CROSS SECTIONAL AREA of 400cm or more, this piano is built to stand the test of time. The CSA is calculated by multiplying the width and depth of each post by the number of posts and it serves as a measure of the structural integrity of the piano. Like the curved rim of a grand, the back-frame of an upright is responsible for overall structural integrity and maintaining the soundboard crown throughout the years. The stronger the back-frame, the longer a piano will last and the better it will perform later in life.

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Backframe/PostsStaggered spruce backposts (5). Total CSA: 223 cm2 (34.5 in2). Thickness of post: 4.5 cm. Width of post: 10 cm.
PinblockLaminated multi-directional Maple. Thickness: 30 mm.
SoundboardSolid Spruce. Linear taper. Tapered from 9 mm top to 7 mm bottom. Vibrating area: 1.16 m2 (1,794 in2)
RibsRibs notched into inner rim (no floating ribs). Ribs made of spruce and staggered/graduated. Number of ribs: 10
BridgesVertically laminated maple base with solid maple cap.
ScaleDesigned by Steinway. 17,505 kg (38,512 lb) tension.
PlateCast iron, painted with Steinway Gold.
Tuning PinsCarbon steel nickel coating.
StringsRoslau wire. Number of sizes of treble strings: 12. Lowest tenor note: 32. Number 1 speaking length: 112.0 cm (44.1”)
HammersSpecified by Steinway. Weight of topfelt: 6 kg (13 lb).
ActionAll wood (no plastic) for all moving parts. Aluminum action rails.
KeysSteinway design. Material – Spruce or Basswood.
KeybedLauan, Maple, Spruce.
PedalsBrass. Muffler.
FeaturesAll wood Back construction (no MDF except in cabinet parts). Solid filler blocks in backframe (near top). Backposts are large and staggered.


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