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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 be operated by the middle pedal, with a hand lever under the keybed allowing the pianist to choose between sostenuto and sordino; or it can be operated by a fourth pedal or a knee lever. A hand lever or — less popular — 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, as well as for softer pianissimo playing and faster repetition.

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.

In Steingraeber’s Transducer Grands, four or five transducers are attached to the soundboard, which, when an electronic signal is applied, turn the soundboard into a loudspeaker. A 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.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Steingraeber & Shne Verticals
122 T 48 Satin and Polished Ebony 51,310 50,060
122 T 48 Satin and Polished White 52,280 51,030
122 T 48 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 57,840 56,590
122 T 48 Satin Ordinary Veneers 62,550 61,300
122 T 48 Polished Ordinary Veneers 68,700 67,450
122 T 48 Satin Special Veneers 64,650 63,400
122 T 48 Polished Special Veneers 70,860 69,610
122 T 48 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 78,490 77,240
122 T 48 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 84,660 83,410
122 T-SFM 48 Satin and Polished Ebony 54,210 52,960
122 T-SFM 48 Satin and Polished White 55,200 53,950
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 60,740 59,490
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Ordinary Veneers 65,440 64,190
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Ordinary Veneers 71,620 70,370
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Special Veneers 67,540 66,290
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Special Veneers 73,760 72,510
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 81,380 80,130
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 87,580 86,330
130 T-PS 51 Satin and Polished Ebony 65,320 64,070
130 T-PS 51 Satin and Polished White 66,310 65,060
130 T-PS 51 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 71,850 70,600
130 T-PS 51 Satin Ordinary Veneers 76,550 75,300
130 T-PS 51 Polished Ordinary Veneers 82,710 81,460
130 T-PS 51 Satin Special Veneers 78,650 77,400
130 T-PS 51 Polished Special Veneers 84,870 83,620
130 T-PS 51 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 92,490 91,240
130 T-PS 51 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 98,690 97,440
130 T-SFM 51 Satin and Polished Ebony 66,600 65,350
130 T-SFM 51 Satin and Polished White 67,590 66,340
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 73,130 71,880
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Ordinary Veneers 77,830 76,580
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Ordinary Veneers 84,010 82,760
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Special Veneers 79,930 78,680
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Special Veneers 86,110 84,860
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 93,770 92,520
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 99,930 98,680
138 K 54 Satin and Polished Ebony 69,270 68,020
138 K 54 Satin and Polished White 70,250 69,000
138 K 54 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 75,780 74,530
138 K 54 Satin Ordinary Veneers 80,520 79,270
138 K 54 Polished Ordinary Veneers 86,680 85,430
138 K 54 Satin Special Veneers 82,620 81,370
138 K 54 Polished Special Veneers 88,800 87,550
138 K 54 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 96,460 95,210
138 K 54 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 102,610 101,360
138 K-SFM 54 Satin and Polished Ebony 72,190 70,940
138 K-SFM 54 Satin and Polished White 73,170 71,920
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 78,700 77,450
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Ordinary Veneers 83,420 82,170
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Ordinary Veneers 89,590 88,340
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Special Veneers 85,540 84,290
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Special Veneers 91,740 90,490
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 99,360 98,110
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 105,550 104,300
Steingraeber & Shne Grands
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 120,390 119,140
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ebony w/Mozart Rail 129,890 128,640
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished White 123,060 121,810
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 136,860 135,610
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 138,680 137,430
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 148,280 147,030
A-170 S 5 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 116,420 115,170
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Ebony 138,620 137,370
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Ebony w/Mozart Rail 148,110 146,860
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished White 141,290 140,040
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 156,870 155,620
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 158,870 157,620
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 169,620 168,370
B-192 S 6 3 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 134,110 132,860
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Ebony 158,050 156,800
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Ebony w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 179,190 177,940
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished White 160,670 159,420
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 177,530 176,280
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 179,760 178,510
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 191,650 190,400
C-212 S 7 0 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 152,540 151,290
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 185,360 184,110
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Ebony w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 206,510 205,260
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished White 187,920 186,670
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 206,230 204,980
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 208,590 207,340
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 221,190 219,940
D-232 S 7 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 179,650 178,400
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Ebony w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 274,130 272,880
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished White w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 276,810 275,560
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 299,870 298,620
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Special Veneers w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 301,890 300,640
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 318,670 317,420

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