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.”
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.
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