The legacy of Henry Engelhard Steinway, the maker of the Steinway piano, continues after more than 150 years since its founding.
By the time he founded Steinway and Sons in 1853, he had built 482 pianos in his kitchen. The first official piano manufactured by Steinway was numbered 483 and was sold for $500 to a New Yorker.
Henry and his sons spent more than 40 years perfecting their craft. The piano company has earned numerous patents. Changes in management and leadership did not stop the company from continuously spending hundreds of hours on research in the quest to apply the latest technology and innovations in the manufacturing of Steinway musical instruments.
The company's motto of taking its time to build a piano still applies today. A Steinway grand piano traditionally took a year to build and that unhurried pace is still practiced today. In this new economic strategy of outsourcing for better profit, Steinway pianos are still built in their Astoria, New York and Hamburg, Germany plants.
Over the course of 150 years, Steinway has extended its product line. The company started out manufacturing square pianos and gradually shifted to the manufacture of grands in various sizes. During the turn of the 20th century, player pianos were in demand up until the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Today, Steinway Musical Instruments and Conn-Selmer are together providing high quality musical instruments to amateur, professional and concert artists. Some of its subsidiaries are known brands in wind, woodwind, percussion and brass instruments: C.G. Conn; Selmer; Armstrong; Bach; Selmer; Yanagisawa and Ludwig to name a few.
Steinway exclusively sells Steinway Upright and Grand pianos. Affiliate budget-brand pianos Steinway makes include the Boston Upright and Grands Line and the Essex Upright and Grands Line. The company also has a line of limited edition collection and Artcase collection.
Steinway & Son is still the flagship brand of Steinway Musical Instruments. By 2000, the revered piano company has manufactured 550,000 piano. Under this flagship line are uprights and grands that are fine examples of Steinway's craftsmanship.
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Other models are the Model S, Model B, Chippendale and Louis XV for the grands. Steinway uprights include the Traditional K-54, Sheraton and Model 1098.
Steinway upright pianos are preferred by 9 out of 10 concert pianists, according to Steinway. Who can blame them? Steinway is still the world's finest. Steinway and Sons pianos are crafted at an estimated 2,500 pianos per year, worldwide.
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