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Since 1853, Steinway & Sons pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty, and investment value. Handcrafting each Steinway requires up to one full year — and the resultant creation is an instrument of rare quality and global renown. Not surprisingly, Steinway remains the preferred instrument of concert artists, as well as countless pianists, composers, and performers around the world.
steinway & sons pianos today are still distinguished by founder Henry E. Steinway's guiding principle: “Build the best piano possible.... Make no compromise in quality.” Where some have substituted mass-produced, synthetic components to speed piano production or reduce costs, we apply technologies and new materials only when they provide proven enhancements in the piano. Compromise quality, and you risk the sound, the touch, and ultimately, the integrity of the instrument. Simply put, Steinway pianos remain handcrafted because our handcraftmanship produces instruments of the highest quality.
“Build the best piano possible.... Make no compromise in quality.”
Henry E. Steinway coupled pioneering ideas with elegant European design — and, with his five sons, set the benchmark for all future generations of piano builders. In the thirty years following its founding in 1853, Steinway & Sons developed the modern piano, earning nearly half of the company’s current 127 patents and positioning the Steinway as the piano by which all others are judged.
Today, Steinway remains at the helm of piano innovation. Over the past decade, the company’s improvements in craftsmanship and technology have resulted in greater precision, greater uniformity of touch and greater sound quality — ensuring that today’s Steinway is the finest Steinway yet.