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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 9′ ½”. 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 9′ ½” model E 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 model E. 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.

Prices include bench. Prices subject to change due to increases in shipping costs.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Steingraeber & Shne Verticals
122 T 48 Satin and Polished Ebony 54,860 53,610
122 T 48 Satin and Polished White 55,930 54,680
122 T 48 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 61,920 60,670
122 T 48 Satin Ordinary Veneers 67,000 65,750
122 T 48 Polished Ordinary Veneers 73,660 72,410
122 T 48 Satin Special Veneers 69,290 68,040
122 T 48 Polished Special Veneers 75,940 74,690
122 T 48 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 84,200 82,950
122 T 48 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 90,880 89,630
122 T-SFM 48 Satin and Polished Ebony 58,010 56,760
122 T-SFM 48 Satin and Polished White 59,060 57,810
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 65,070 63,820
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Ordinary Veneers 70,150 68,900
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Ordinary Veneers 76,780 75,530
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Special Veneers 72,400 71,150
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Special Veneers 79,120 77,870
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 87,350 86,100
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 94,050 92,800
130 T-PS 51 Satin and Polished Ebony 70,000 68,750
130 T-PS 51 Satin and Polished White 71,070 69,820
130 T-PS 51 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 77,060 75,810
130 T-PS 51 Satin Ordinary Veneers 82,100 80,850
130 T-PS 51 Polished Ordinary Veneers 88,800 87,550
130 T-PS 51 Satin Special Veneers 84,410 83,160
130 T-PS 51 Polished Special Veneers 91,090 89,840
130 T-PS 51 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 99,360 98,110
130 T-PS 51 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 106,040 104,790
130 T-SFM 51 Satin and Polished Ebony 71,390 70,140
130 T-SFM 51 Satin and Polished White 72,440 71,190
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 78,440 77,190
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Ordinary Veneers 83,480 82,230
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Ordinary Veneers 90,200 88,950
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Special Veneers 85,770 84,520
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Special Veneers 92,470 91,220
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 100,720 99,470
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 107,380 106,130
138 K 54 Satin and Polished Ebony 74,260 73,010
138 K 54 Satin and Polished White 75,310 74,060
138 K 54 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 81,300 80,050
138 K 54 Satin Ordinary Veneers 86,380 85,130
138 K 54 Polished Ordinary Veneers 93,080 91,830
138 K 54 Satin Special Veneers 88,650 87,400
138 K 54 Polished Special Veneers 95,370 94,120
138 K 54 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 103,620 102,370
138 K 54 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 110,280 109,030
138 K-SFM 54 Satin and Polished Ebony 77,390 76,140
138 K-SFM 54 Satin and Polished White 78,490 77,240
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 84,450 83,200
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Ordinary Veneers 89,550 88,300
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Ordinary Veneers 96,230 94,980
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Special Veneers 91,840 90,590
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Special Veneers 98,520 97,270
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 106,730 105,480
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 113,450 112,200
Steingraeber & Shne Grands
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 129,380 128,130
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ebony w/Mozart Rail 139,650 138,400
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished White 132,260 131,010
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 147,170 145,920
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 149,140 147,890
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 159,520 158,270
A-170 S 5 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 125,120 123,870
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Ebony 149,080 147,830
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Ebony w/Mozart Rail 159,350 158,100
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished White 151,940 150,690
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 168,800 167,550
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 170,940 169,690
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 182,550 181,300
B-192 S 6 3 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 144,210 142,960
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Ebony 170,040 168,790
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Ebony w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 192,890 191,640
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished White 172,890 171,640
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 191,120 189,870
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 193,520 192,270
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 206,350 205,100
C-212 S 7 0 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 164,120 162,870
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 199,490 198,240
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Ebony w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 222,340 221,090
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished White 202,240 200,990
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 222,000 220,750
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 224,550 223,300
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 238,150 236,900
D-232 S 7 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 193,320 192,070
E 9 0.5 Satin and Polished Ebony w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 295,320 294,070
E 9 0.5 Satin and Polished White w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 298,280 297,030
E 9 0.5 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 323,140 321,890
E 9 0.5 Satin and Polished Special Veneers w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 325,350 324,100
E 9 0.5 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers w/Sordino Pedal and Mozart Rail 343,450 342,200

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