Every time I hear the word Steinway I am reminded of a scene from the movie “The Pink Panther Strikes Again.” In the movie, Inspector Clouseau accidentally smashes a magnificent grand piano with a mace, prompting the housekeeper to exclaim, “But that’s a priceless Steinway!” to which Clouseau responds, “Not anymore.” Of course, this doesn’t really have anything to do with this blog – which is going to take a look at the brand – but it cracks me up every time. So, let’s move on… the question of the day is this: is a Steinway really worth it? SoCal Piano does not necessarily have a definitive answer for what seems like a subjective question, but we can speak a little bit about what makes a the brand the number one recognizable name in piano excellence.
STEINWAY FACTS & FIGURES
Steinway and Sons was founded in 1853 in Manhattan, New York by Hienrich Englehard Steinweg, who later changed his name to Steinway. The company first opened its US factory in New York City in the 1860s, where it quickly grew to a massive 350-person operation, building more than 1,800 pianos per year. The current New York location continues to serve the United States. Another factory was eventually opened in Hamburg, Germany and to this day it supplies the international community with Steinway pianos. Over the years, Steinway has gained a worldwide reputation of manufacturing high quality pianos and has also been recognized for its piano innovation as evidenced by the 139 patents it has been granted. Grand and baby grand pianos are played by many prominent concert pianists.
ACOUSTIC PIANO EXPERTS
So, what sets Steinways pianos apart from their competition? Piano players from around the globe have long maintained that the following traits make the Steinway one of the top piano manufacturers in the world:
- Touch and Feel. This is the top criteria for serious piano players, who say that the keys of a Steinway are more sensitive and receptive. This allows players – especially seasoned professionals – to manipulate the keys to create their own custom sound.
- Tone. A piano’s soundboard is the heart and soul of the instrument and Steinway’s soundboard technology is exemplary. Manufactured with Sitka spruce wood from North America, the Steinway design perfectly captures the sound from the striking of the strings to produce its trademark rich sonority.
CHECK OUT OUR STEINWAYS
SoCal Pianos has several Steinway grand and baby grand pianos on hand to choose from. If you are interested in checking them out, give us a call for an appointment at one of our two California showrooms: Ontario and Palm Desert. And please visit us often on our social media platforms.