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STEINGRAEBER & SÖHNE

Steingraeber & Söhne
Steingraeberpassage 1
95444 Bayreuth, Germany
+49-921-64049
+49-921-58272 (fax)
[email protected]
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.

The Steingraeber model D-232 Transducer Grand is a semi-concert grand to whose soundboard is attached four or five transducers which, when an electronic signal is applied, turn the soundboard into a loudspeaker. The Transducer Grand can be played as a regular, acoustic piano; or the strings can be silenced and the piano can be used as a MIDI controller with Steingraeber virtual-piano software by Modartt, or with any other piano software—or the acoustic and virtual pianos can be played simultaneously.

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.
Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Steingraeber & Sohne Verticals
122 T 48 Satin and Polished Ebony 46,990 45,740
122 T 48 Satin and Polished White 47,760 46,510
122 T 48 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 52,840 51,590
122 T 48 Satin Ordinary Veneers 57,090 55,840
122 T 48 Polished Ordinary Veneers 62,690 61,440
122 T 48 Satin Special Veneers 59,040 57,790
122 T 48 Polished Special Veneers 64,630 63,380
122 T 48 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 71,490 70,240
122 T 48 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 77,100 75,850
122 T-SFM 48 Satin and Polished Ebony 49,610 48,360
122 T-SFM 48 Satin and Polished White 50,370 49,120
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 55,490 54,240
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Ordinary Veneers 59,730 58,480
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Ordinary Veneers 65,300 64,050
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Special Veneers 61,660 60,410
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Special Veneers 67,250 66,000
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 74,140 72,890
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 79,700 78,450
130 T-PS 51 Satin and Polished Ebony 59,650 58,400
130 T-PS 51 Satin and Polished White 60,530 59,280
130 T-PS 51 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 65,510 64,260
130 T-PS 51 Satin Ordinary Veneers 69,750 68,500
130 T-PS 51 Polished Ordinary Veneers 75,340 74,090
130 T-PS 51 Satin Special Veneers 71,680 70,430
130 T-PS 51 Polished Special Veneers 77,250 76,000
130 T-PS 51 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 84,160 82,910
130 T-PS 51 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 89,740 88,490
130 T-SFM 51 Satin and Polished Ebony 60,780 59,530
130 T-SFM 51 Satin and Polished White 61,690 60,440
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 66,660 65,410
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Ordinary Veneers 70,900 69,650
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Ordinary Veneers 76,490 75,240
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Special Veneers 72,840 71,590
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Special Veneers 78,380 77,130
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 85,310 84,060
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 90,880 89,630
138 K 54 Satin and Polished Ebony 63,200 61,950
138 K 54 Satin and Polished White 64,020 62,770
138 K 54 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 69,060 67,810
138 K 54 Satin Ordinary Veneers 73,320 72,070
138 K 54 Polished Ordinary Veneers 78,880 77,630
138 K 54 Satin Special Veneers 75,230 73,980
138 K 54 Polished Special Veneers 80,840 79,590
138 K 54 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 87,680 86,430
138 K 54 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 93,290 92,040
138 K-SFM 54 Satin and Polished Ebony 65,820 64,570
138 K-SFM 54 Satin and Polished White 66,660 65,410
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 71,700 70,450
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Ordinary Veneers 75,940 74,690
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Ordinary Veneers 81,530 80,280
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Special Veneers 77,880 76,630
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Special Veneers 83,440 82,190
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 90,350 89,100
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 95,920 94,670
Steingraeber & Sohne Grands
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 109,260 108,010
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished White 111,300 110,050
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 124,260 123,010
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 125,900 124,650
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 134,590 133,340
A-170 S 5 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 106,300 105,050
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Ebony 126,420 125,170
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished White 128,810 127,560
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 142,930 141,680
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 144,770 143,520
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 154,520 153,270
B-192 S 6 3 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 123,350 122,100
C-212 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 144,020 142,770
C-212 7 Satin and Polished White 146,730 145,480
C-212 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 161,680 160,430
C-212 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 163,720 162,470
C-212 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 174,470 173,220
C-212 S 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 140,490 139,240
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 174,420 173,170
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished White 176,920 175,670
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 193,970 192,720
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 196,150 194,900
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 208,000 206,750
D-232 S 7 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 170,700 169,450
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Ebony 250,650 249,400
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished White 251,360 250,110
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 274,130 272,880
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 275,970 274,720
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 291,280 290,030