In 1836, Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg completed his first fortepiano in the kitchen of his house. He would immigrate to America in 1850 with his sons to pursue a passion for tonal excellence and to create a more perfect piano. Three years later, he became Henry E. Steinway and founded STeinway & Sons. Today, Steinway pianos are still handmade in the Steinway New York and Hamburg factories, as they have been since 1880. In New York, the 1,500 pianos turned out yearly are almost entirely hand-made by Steinway’s 350 artisans, some of whom learned the trade alongside their parents — and in many cases, grandparents! They sand, saw, bend, carve and regulate the 12,000 parts of each instrument with tools and machines that in many cases are not much different than those employed by Steinway's 19th-century artisans.
Experience the making of a Steinway from wood selection to polishing to final tuning at the Astoria, New York factory, open for public tours on Tuesday mornings.
As our tour is very popular, please anticipate wait times of at least three-to-six months.