Steinway upright pianos are handcrafted to the highest standard of quality in the same factory as our grands, using the same materials, techniques, conditioning processes and craftsmen. The only difference is that they’re built in the “vertical department,” where those same processes are vertically oriented. The result is the world’s finest upright, living up to the Steinway & Sons name in every respect.
Discover the latest innovations and improvements that make today’s Steinway upright piano the best upright piano.
Introduced in 1903, this piano features a larger soundboard than many grands, for a more resonant voice. The choice for professional players seeking an upright instrument — and perfect for all sizes of homes and apartments.
Unlike other manufacturers that mass-produce their uprights, Steinway & Sons uprights are handcrafted in the same factory as our grand pianos, using the same techniques, conditioning processes, and craftsmen. The result is the world’s finest upright, living up to the Steinway & Sons name in every respect. Steinway upright pianos take advantage of over 125 patented features and processes, including our patented Diaphragmatic soundboard, Accelerated Action and Hexagrip pinblock.
Height 52" (132 cm)
Width 60 3/4" (154 cm)
Depth 26 3/8" (67 cm)
Net Weight 600 pounds (273 kg)
Back Frame: Solid birch mortised foot-piece. Solid birch soundboard lining. Grand-type maple laminated closing rim; unequaled vertical strength and stability.
Posts: 5 full-length tapered solid spruce braces with a volume of 3,600 cu. in. (58,993cm3): assures that backframe will remain straight, promoting stable and consistent tuning. Strategically positioned with bottom ends tenoned into birch foot-piece for positive vertical alignment. Spruce fill-blocks between posts at top of backframe capped with solid birch backing board for positive horizontal alignment.
Made from durable, resinous sugar pine to assure strong and constant support of string down-bearing on the soundboard. Rib ends are hand-fitted into their mounting surfaces virtually locking in the important soundboard crown.
Overstrung; twenty-six note bass/tenor break. Treble duplex. Tension: 37,500 lbs. (16,875 kg)
Sturdy gray iron; filled, CNC-milled, and sealed; bronzed and lacquered.
Premium blued steel with rust-resistant, nickeled heads.
Treble: Ten whole & one-half sizes from high-tensile Swedish steel. Bass: Swedish steel core wire wound with pure copper. Longest, pressure bar/bridge: 46 3/8" (118 cm)
Premium wool top felt over premium wool under felt; treated to resist insects and moisture. Compression-wired to retain permanent shape. Hornbeam hammer moldings and shanks.
Vertical-cut premium wool for effective dampening. Hornbeam heads for endurance.
White, quarter-sawn hornbeam parts are bushed with specially treated wool action cloth for freedom from friction. Parts are anchored in hard maple rails. Dependable, Direct-Blow design permits ALL parts of the action to lie above the brass capstan screws.
European spruce, individually weighed-off. Chip-proof, stain-resistant coverings for naturals; slip-proof, delicately abraded ebonized sharps. Tough, durable Linden wood buttons reinforce keys over balance rail permitting maximum tonal power with every strike. Longest: 16 1/8" (40.9 cm)
Made from planks of stable, quarter-sawn poplar. Horizontal planks are freely mortised together, while their ends are permanently mortised into vertical planks made of birch, presenting a vented system for humidity escapement while allowing for necessary expansion and contraction. Hand-milled to be flat and true correlating with keyframe for snug fit. Strong, rugged construction provides a solid mount for keyframe and action allowing for precise and prolonged action regulation. Thickness: 1 3/4" (4.45 cm)
Heavy, solid brass. Soft, sustaining, and full sostenuto.
Created like the soundboard of violins to give a free and even response throughout the entire scale, the Traditional K-52's soundboard is so constructed as to be 8 mm thick in the center and tapered to 5 mm as it approaches the rim and outer case before being double crowned. This design permits complete freedom of movement, while acting as a homogenous unit to displace a greater amount of air, thereby creating a richer and more lasting tonal response. Close-grained, quarter-sawn Sitka spruce, a wood having unusual stability and vibrance under stress and vibration, is used exclusively for the soundboard.
Treble: Hard rock maple vertical laminations capped with solid hard rock maple; planed to prescribed height, graphite coated, drilled, and notched by hand for precise individual string bearing. Design defies splitting. Bass: Rock maple base cantilevered at angle for maximum resistance to string pressure. Maple doweled, glued and screwed to soundboard.
Hexagrip patented design; 7 laminations of quartered hardrock maple stock. Grain symmetrically distributed at successive angles of 45°, 90°, employing grain direction uniformly around the circumference of the tuning pin to provide the ultimate in pin grippage. As a result of this exclusive design, the tuning pin has smoother movement under torque, a more uniform retaining action for solid setting, and a piano will hold its tuning longer.
Ebonized or Crown Jewel Collection Veneer
Quarter-sawn poplar corewood cross banded and face veneered.
Ebonized or veneered birch, mahogany, walnut.
Ebonized mahogany, genuine specie.
Heavy full-bodied black or clear lacquer (satin), hand-rubbed.
Solid brass; polished & lacquered, or chrome or nickel plated.