Skip to comments.The Making of a Steinway - A Steinway & Sons Factory Tour Narrated by John Steinway (video only)
Posted on 08/03/2013 8:00:23 PM PDT by servo1969
The making of a Steinway piano is a time-honored process involving the hands of many skilled craftspeople over the course of almost a full year. Steinway & Sons pianos are built in just two factories worldwide - one in Astoria, NY and one in Hamburg, Germany. Both factories have been building pianos for well over a century, and although Steinway has always been at the cutting edge in utilizing and perfecting the latest technology where it could make the piano better, we have found that certain things are simply better when done by skilled craftspeople than by a machine. For that reason, many parts of the process in building a Steinway have remained essentially unchanged for generations. So much so, that we were able to take decades-old audio from a narrated factory tour by the late John H. Steinway (great-grandson of Henry E. Steinway, who founded our great company in 1853) and use it as the narration for footage shot at the Steinway NY factory in 2011 by Ben Niles, producer of the documentary film "Note by Note" (http://www.notebynotethemovie.com).
We hope you enjoy this look inside the Steinway New York factory, narrated in detail by the late, great John Steinway.
To learn more about Steinway & Sons, visit http://www.steinway.com.
Music from Bach on a Steinway, Steinway & Sons Label 30001, Jeffrey Biegel, Pianist. Available at http://www.arkivmusic.com
Video produced by Plow Productions: http://www.plowproductions.com.
A $438 million deal for the company was announced last week.
The offer, which came from the private equity firm Kohlberg & Company, would take Steinway private. It has been traded in the NY Stock Exchange under the stock symbol LVB, for Ludwig van Beethoven, since Steinway went public in 1996.
Around 1946, my father bought a 1915 Steinway parlor grand piano. I don’t know how he was able to afford it on a sailor’s salary, but it stayed in the family for 60 years and is still being used at a local church.
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Very cool. Thx.
I was surprised at the amount of woodworking that appeared to be done freehand.
Thank you for posting this! What a pleasant and inspiring way to start the day!
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