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ESSEX

Steinway & Sons
One Steinway Place
Astoria, New York 11105
718-721-2600
[email protected]
www.steinway.com/essex

Pianos made by: Designed by Steinway & Sons, made in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China by Guangzhou Pearl River Piano Group Ltd.

Essex pianos are designed and engineered in New York by Steinway & Sons and made in China at the Pearl River factory. Steinway introduced its Essex line of pianos in early 2001 with a limited offering of models made by Young Chang, and the brand kept an unusually low profile in the piano market for a number of years. In 2006, a major relaunch of Essex included a new and very complete line comprising 35 grand and 31 vertical models and finishes.

Today, two grand sizes and three vertical scales are made. The 42″ model EUP-108 is a continental-style version of the 44″ model EUP-111 console. The 46″ model EUP-116 studio is available in several different and striking cabinets designed by Steinway & Sons and renowned furniture designer William Faber. Styles include: Classic, Queen Anne, Formal French, English Country, and Contemporary. These models incorporate various leg designs (including cabriole leg, spoon leg, and canopy-styled tapered leg and arm designs) and hand-carved trim (such as Acanthus leaf and tulip designs, and vertical bead molding), highly molded top lids, picture-frame front panels, and stylized, decorative music desks. The 48″ model EUP-123 upright comes in a traditional style in ebony and sapele mahogany finishes, two with chrome hardware, along with an Empire style; an institutional model with a wider music desk, the EUP-123S, is offered in ebony polish only.

The Essex grands are available in 5′ 1″ (EGP-155) Classic and French Provincial styles and 5′ 8″ (EGP-173) Classic style. The Classic is offered in ebony high-polish polyester and satin lustre (semigloss) finishes, as well as sapele maghoany veneer and white; the French Provincial is offered in brown cherry satin lustre.

Like Steinway’s Boston pianos, the Essex line was designed with a lower tension scale and incorporates many Steinway-designed refinements. Included in these are a wide tail design that allows the bridges to be positioned closer to the more lively, central part of the soundboard, smoothing out the break between bass and treble. This and a thinner, tapered solid-spruce soundboard, and other scaling differences, produce a tone with a longer sustain. Other Steinway-designed features include an all-wood action with Steinway geometry, and with rosette-shaped hammer flanges, like those used in Steinway grands, to preserve hammer spacing; pear-shaped hammers with reinforced shoulders and metal fasteners; vertically laminated bridges with a solid maple cap; duplex scale; radial bracing (in grands); and staggered backposts (in verticals).

Steinway has put an immense amount of time and effort into the relaunch of Essex, and over 75,000 pianos have been sold since its original launch in 2001. The pianos are entirely new designs by Steinway engineers, not warmed-over designs from other companies. Steinway has a permanent office in Shanghai, China, and employs its own staff of Steinway concert technicians who oversee quality and inspect the pianos made in the Asian factory. I expect that the quality of the Essex pianos will be toward the upper end of what these factories are capable of producing. So far, feedback from piano technicians confirms this expectation.

Steinway guarantees full trade-in value for an Essex piano toward the purchase of a Steinway grand within 10 years.

Warranty: 10 years, parts and labor, to original purchaser.

Acoustic Piano: Model & Pricing Guide

* See the Introduction for an explanation of pricing.

Essex MSRP is the price at the New York retail store.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Essex Verticals
EUP-108C 42 Continental Polished Ebony 6,200 6,200
EUP-111E 44 Polished Ebony 6,900 6,900
EUP-111E 44 Polished Sapele Mahogany 7,300 7,000
EUP-116E 45 Polished Ebony 7,800 7,240
EUP-116E 45 Polished Sapele Mahogany 8,400 7,600
EUP-116E 45 Polished White 8,100 7,600
EUP-116CT 45 Contemporary Satin Lustre Sapele Mahogany 8,900 8,300
EUP-116QA 45 Queen Anne Satin Lustre Cherry 8,900 8,300
EUP-116EC 45 English Country Satin Lustre Walnut 8,900 8,300
EUP-116FF 45 Formal French Satin Lustre Brown Cherry 8,900 8,300
EUP-123E 48 Satin Ebony w/Chrome Hardware 9,400 8,540
EUP-123E 48 Polished Ebony 8,300 7,820
EUP-123E 48 Polished Ebony w/Chrome Hardware 8,400 7,940
EUP-123E 48 Polished Sapele Mahogany 9,500 8,360
EUP-123FL 48 Empire Satin Walnut 9,600 8,680
EUP-123FL 48 Empire Satin Sapele Mahogany 9,600 8,680
EUP-123S 48 Institutional Studio Polished Ebony 8,300 8,180
Essex Grands
EGP-155 5 1 Satin and Polished Ebony 15,100 15,100
EGP-155 5 1 Polished White 20,200 17,740
EGP-155F 5 1 French Provincial Satin Lustre Brown Cherry 19,200 18,980
EGP-173 5 8 Polished Ebony 19,500 19,500

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