Steinway pianoshave always been a favourite of the world's most accomplished pianists. Steinway claim that today, more than 98 percent of the world's active concert pianists choose to perform on Steinway pianos. This is clearly down to the joy of playing and owning a Steinway piano.
Steinway have marked themselves above the rest of the piano world and this is summed up in their dedication to a single ideal: make the finest pianos in the world. Steinway have and never will compromise quality. In the 21st Century many piano makers have substituted mass-produced, synthetic components to speed production or reduce production costs. Steinway have ensured that they have stayed away from this but instead of avoiding new technology completely, they apply technologies and new materials only when they provide proven enhancements in the piano.
Steinway & Sons are in fact loved for theirtraditional values of craftsmanshipso this is something that no Steinway fan would want to change. They have however always been world leaders in piano innovations; for example, thevery earliest pianos crafted by Steinwaywere distinguished by their inventive features - many of which helped define the modern piano. Today, Steinway have over 150 patents on the parts and mechanics of their world famous Steinway & Sons pianos.
Steinway say themselves:
'One Steinway grand piano takes nearly a year to create. Even the carefully selected woods that make up the rims, top, soundboards, and actions cure for months in the yard, kilns, and conditioning rooms before they stabilize at a rigidly specified moisture content. The rim of the instruments consists of layers of hard rock maple and with our bell-quality, full cast-iron plate, withstands the enormous amount of tension exerted by the strings.
Ultimately, the pieces - massive and delicate - come together through the interweaving of the craft and technology until the instrument is complete. However it is not a Steinway until voicing gives it the special quality that makes it unique. Here, every subtle nuance is drawn out by balancing and adjusting the keys and shaping, hardening or softening each hammer. In the end, the new piano is transformed from more than 12,000 individual parts into an instrument… and from an instrument into a Steinway'