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The New Steinway Hall in New York City

America’s premier piano maker has new digs.

When Steinway & Sons announced it was selling Steinway Hall, its flagship home on West 57th Street for nearly 90 years, to make room for a luxury condominium tower in 2012, not everyone was happy. “It just makes you want to cry, you know, that here is this venerable old company that’s gone through all kinds of changes and now going through, probably, the biggest change,” Steinway artist Christopher O’Riley, host of From the Top on NPR, told the radio station.

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Steinway Fibonacci Grand Piano | Piano Price Point

Piano Price Point.com ~ August 2015 Steinway & Sons Celebrate Manufacturing Piano #600,000

Source: Steinway Fibonacci Grand Piano | Piano Price Point

  • Some facts about the Steinway Fibonacci:
  • It’s based on the structure of a Steinway Model D – Concert 274cm long or 8’11 ¾”
  • From start to finish it required nearly 6,000 hours of production over a 4 year time span
  • The cabinet veneer is made from macassar ebony wood outlined by synthetic ivory
  • It is priced at $2.4 million
  • Six Model B Steinways based on a similar design will be made available for sale (for less than $2.4M)
  • Finished in high gloss, the look of the wood is further enhanced. Notice the details on the rim ~ the design echoed once more and instead of having legs, the entire base is also one large spiral!

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A Grand Design: The History of the Piano

This Piano History Timeline starting from the 1700s to the 2000s hits on all the important dates from the birth to the modern day of the piano.

Source: A Grand Design: The History of the Piano

1700—Harpsichord maker Bartolomeo Cristofori’s invents the “piano e forte” (“soft and loud”) in Florence, Italy.Bartolomeo Cristofori

1739—Domenico del Mela builds the earliest known upright piano in Gagliano, Italy.

Early 1700s—Piano builder Gottfried Silbermann adds a precursor to the modern damper pedal, which lifts all dampers from the strings at once to create a sustained tone.

Late 1700s—Piano making flourished in the Viennese school. Mozart composed for these instruments, which were built with wooden frames with two strings per note.

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