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.
Pre-owned and restored Steinway & Sons pianos are often prized for their unique beauty and enduring value. Pre-owned Steinways are over thirty years old, while the Steinway Heirloom Collection is comprised of vintage Steinway instruments Steinway Factory Restored to play like new.
When considering a pre-owned steinway or an instrument from the Heirloom Collection, be sure to work with an authorized Steinway dealer and insist on a guarantee that your instrument is comprised solely of Steinway parts, as many non-Steinway dealers and unauthorized piano rebuilders use inferior non-Steinway parts, seriously compromising an instrument’s performance and investment value.
The Steinway soundboard
The patented Steinway Diaphragmatic Soundboard, heart and soul of the Steinway, converts the vibration of the piano strings into audible tones. The greatest thickness is in the middle, from which point there is continual tapering in all directions toward the outer edges. This design reduces the energy needed by the soundboard to vibrate, an efficiency that permits a greater variance of tone, color, and richness.
“If it doesn’t have 12,116 genuine Steinway parts, it isn’t a Steinway.”
Steinway soundboards are made of the highest-grade close-grained, quarter-sawn Sitka spruce from British Columbia and Alaska. Sitka spruce is chosen for its superb acoustic qualities and is hand-selected to be free from defects, which allows it to transmit and amplify sound better than lesser wood. Individual pieces are matched to produce soundboards of uniform color and tonal quality.
Steinway doesn’t sell its soundboard à la carte; it only comes as part of a true Steinway, which is why it is imperative that any pre-owned Steinway be purchased solely from an authorized Steinway dealer.
If properly maintained, a used Steinway will last for many decades and provide musical enjoyment to multiple owners. Some older pianos can have wonderful musical and aesthetic character and be an excellent value for a discerning buyer. Again, be sure to work with an authorized Steinway dealer and insist on a guarantee that your instrument is comprised solely of Steinway parts.
Steinway Heirloom Collection
A Steinway of uncommon character that plays like new, the Steinway Heirloom Collection was created to distinguish the finest vintage Steinway pianos in the world — rebuilt, Steinway Factory Restored and hand painted to look and play like new. Unlike pianos you may find elsewhere, the rebuilt Steinway Factory Restored quality and authenticity of these instruments are 100%–certified by Steinway & Sons. Each Steinway Heirloom piano is a handcrafted work of art, expressing the unique design elements and personality of the historic era in which it was created.
Choosing A DEALER
Most authorized Steinway dealers offer a range of used grand and upright pianos. Your local Steinway dealer can provide details as well as a list of certified piano technicians in your area.
At Steinway & Sons, we select our piano dealers with the same care and attention to longevity that we put into our pianos. Authorized Steinway dealers are the leading piano retailers in their markets and are active supporters of music arts and education in their regions. They are held to high standards both by Steinway & Sons and their communities. Many authorized steinway dealers have been representing Steinway for generations.
To learn about pre-owned piano inventory in your area, contact your local Steinway & Sons dealer.
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