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STEINGRAEBER & SÖHNE

Steingraeber & Söhne
Steingraeberpassage 1
95444 Bayreuth, Germany
+49-921-64049
+49-921-58272 (fax)
steingraeber@steingraeber.de
www.steingraeber.de


Bayreuth is famous the world over for its annual summer Wagner festival. But tucked away in the old part of town is a second center of Bayreuth musical excellence and one of the world’s best-kept secrets: Steingraeber & Söhne. The company was founded in 1852 by Eduard Steingraeber, though its roots date back to the 1820s, when Eduard’s father and uncle opened a workshop for square pianos and organs in the city of Neustadt. Eduard was an innovative piano designer, exhibiting his first full-size cast-iron frame at the world exhibition in Paris in 1867. From 1872 on, Steingraeber was associated with, and built pianos for, Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner, and in 1873 opened its first concert hall in Bayreuth.

Steingraeber has worked with furniture designers since 1904, when it collaborated with Bruno Paul on his Art Nouveau furniture for the St. Louis World’s Fair. More recently, the company built a piano designed by Jørn Utzon, architect of the Sydney Opera House, with features reminiscent of that building. The Steingraeber engineering department offers consulting services on the technical development of pianos. This service was created in 1991, after reunification, to assist piano manufacturers of the former East Germany, and has designed and manufactured prototypes of new piano models for a number of European piano manufacturers. These designs are different from Steingraeber’s own current models. In 2012, Steingraeber entered into a cooperative agreement with Pearl River, in China, to help that company design and manufacture a new line of premium pianos.

Steingraeber is one of the smaller piano manufacturers in the world, producing fewer than 80 grands and 60 verticals per year for the top end of the market. It is owned and operated by sixth-generation family member Udo Schmidt-Steingraeber, who still makes pianos using the traditional methods of his forebears at the company’s present factory, which it has occupied since 1872.

Steingraeber makes three sizes of vertical piano: 48", 51", and 54". An interesting option on the vertical models is their “twist and change” panels: two-sided top and bottom panels, one side finished in polished ebony, the other in a two-toned combination of a wood veneer and ebony. The panels can be reversed as desired by the piano owner to match room décor, or just for a change of scenery.

The company also makes five sizes of grand piano: 5' 7", 6' 3", 7', 7' 7", and 8' 11". The 5' 7" model A-170 grand has an unusually wide tail, allowing for a larger soundboard area and longer bass strings than are customary for an instrument of its size. The 7’ model C-212, known as the Chamber Concert Grand, and recently redesigned from the model 205, was intended to embody the tone quality of the Steingraeber Liszt grand piano of circa 1873, but with more volume in the bass register. The 8' 11" model E-272 concert grand was introduced in 2002 for Steingraeber’s 150th anniversary. Unique features include a drilled capo bar for more sustain in the treble, unusually shaped rim bracing, and a smaller soundboard resonating area in the treble to better match string length. In 2007, Steingraeber introduced the 7' 7" D-232 concert grand to provide an additional smaller, concert-size instrument. Its design includes many of the innovations of the E-272. New in 2012 is the 6' 3" model B-192, which follows the design enhancements of the D-232 and C-212 in a size more comfortable for homes and smaller concert halls.

Steingraeber pianos have a unique sound, with an extensive tonal palette derived from a mixture of clarity and warmth.

Steingraeber is known for its many innovative technical improvements to the piano, one of which is a new action for uprights, available in all three vertical-piano models. This SFM action, as it is called, contains no jack spring, instead using magnets to return the jack more quickly under the hammer butt for faster repetition. Another innovation, introduced in 2013, is the optional sordino pedal, which inserts a thin strip of felt between hammers and strings. Popular in early 19th-century grand pianos, the purpose of this feature is not, as in most modern pianos, to damp the sound almost completely, but rather to create a distant, ethereal sound, and thus to expand the instrument’s expressive possibilities. On a Steingraeber piano, the sordino can either replace the sostenuto as the middle pedal or, be operated by a fourth pedal or a knee lever. A knee lever can also be employed to activate the so-called Mozart Rail, which reduces both the hammer-blow distance and the key-touch depth to simulate the sound and touch of the pianos of Mozart’s day. In 2014, Steingraeber introduced the world’s lightest grand piano lid, made of modern aircraft material with a honeycomb interior, which makes the lid nearly 50% lighter than conventional lids. The company says that the new material also projects sound better. Steingraeber also specializes in so-called ecological or biological finishes, available as an option on most models. This involves the use of only organic materials in the piano, such as natural paints and glues in the case, and white keytops made from cattle bone.

Steingraeber pianos can also be special-ordered with a carbon-fiber soundboard, and with the Phoenix system of bridge agraffes (see www.hurstwoodfarmpianos.co.uk for more information on the Phoenix system).

In addition to its regular line of pianos, Steingraeber makes a piano that can be used by physically handicapped players who lack the use of their legs for pedaling. A wireless (Bluetooth) pedal actuator is operated by biting on a special denture.

Warranty: 5 years, parts and labor, transferable to future owners within the warranty period.



Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Prices include bench. Euro = $1.10
Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Steingraeber & Sohne Verticals
122 T 48 Satin and Polished Ebony 44,104 42,854
122 T 48 Satin and Polished White 44,839 43,589
122 T 48 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 49,543 48,293
122 T 48 Satin Ordinary Veneers 53,491 52,241
122 T 48 Polished Ordinary Veneers 58,699 57,449
122 T 48 Satin Special Veneers 55,297 54,047
122 T 48 Polished Special Veneers 60,484 59,234
122 T 48 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 66,868 65,618
122 T 48 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 72,076 70,826
122 T-SFM 48 Satin and Polished Ebony 46,540 45,290
122 T-SFM 48 Satin and Polished White 47,254 46,004
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 52,000 50,750
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Ordinary Veneers 55,948 54,698
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Ordinary Veneers 61,114 59,864
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Special Veneers 57,733 56,483
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Special Veneers 62,920 61,670
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 69,325 68,075
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 74,491 73,241
130 T-PS 51 Satin and Polished Ebony 55,864 54,614
130 T-PS 51 Satin and Polished White 56,683 55,433
130 T-PS 51 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 61,303 60,053
130 T-PS 51 Satin Ordinary Veneers 65,251 64,001
130 T-PS 51 Polished Ordinary Veneers 70,438 69,188
130 T-PS 51 Satin Special Veneers 67,036 65,786
130 T-PS 51 Polished Special Veneers 72,202 70,952
130 T-PS 51 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 78,628 77,378
130 T-PS 51 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 83,815 82,565
130 T-SFM 51 Satin and Polished Ebony 56,914 55,664
130 T-SFM 51 Satin and Polished White 57,754 56,504
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 62,374 61,124
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Ordinary Veneers 66,322 65,072
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Ordinary Veneers 71,509 70,259
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Special Veneers 68,107 66,857
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Special Veneers 73,273 72,023
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 79,699 78,449
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 84,865 83,615
138 K 54 Satin and Polished Ebony 59,161 57,911
138 K 54 Satin and Polished White 59,917 58,667
138 K 54 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 64,600 63,350
138 K 54 Satin Ordinary Veneers 68,569 67,319
138 K 54 Polished Ordinary Veneers 73,735 72,485
138 K 54 Satin Special Veneers 70,333 69,083
138 K 54 Polished Special Veneers 75,541 74,291
138 K 54 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 81,904 80,654
138 K 54 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 87,112 85,862
138 K-SFM 54 Satin and Polished Ebony 61,597 60,347
138 K-SFM 54 Satin and Polished White 62,374 61,124
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 67,057 65,807
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Ordinary Veneers 71,005 69,755
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Ordinary Veneers 76,192 74,942
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Special Veneers 72,790 71,540
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Special Veneers 77,956 76,706
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 84,382 83,132
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 89,548 88,298
Steingraeber & Sohne Grands
A-170 N 5 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 102,014 100,764
A-170 N 5 7 Satin and Polished White 103,904 102,654
A-170 N 5 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 115,937 114,687
A-170 N 5 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 117,470 116,220
A-170 N 5 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 125,534 124,284
A-170 S 5 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 99,263 98,013
B-192 N 6 3 Satin and Polished Ebony 117,953 116,703
B-192 N 6 3 Satin and Polished White 120,179 118,929
B-192 N 6 3 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 133,283 132,033
B-192 N 6 3 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 134,984 133,734
B-192 N 6 3 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 144,035 142,785
B-192 S 6 3 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 115,097 113,847
C-212 N 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 134,291 133,041
C-212 N 7 Satin and Polished White 136,811 135,561
C-212 N 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 150,692 149,442
C-212 N 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 152,582 151,332
C-212 N 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 162,578 161,328
C-212 S 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 131,015 129,765
D-232 N 7 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 162,591 161,341
D-232 N 7 7 Satin and Polished White 164,922 163,672
D-232 N 7 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 180,756 179,506
D-232 N 7 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 182,772 181,522
D-232 N 7 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 193,776 192,526
D-232 S 7 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 159,147 157,897
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Ebony 233,382 232,132
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished White 234,054 232,804
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 255,180 253,930
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 256,902 255,652
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 271,119 269,869