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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 49,460 48,210
122 T 48 Satin and Polished White 50,410 49,160
122 T 48 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 55,720 54,470
122 T 48 Satin Ordinary Veneers 60,220 58,970
122 T 48 Polished Ordinary Veneers 66,160 64,910
122 T 48 Satin Special Veneers 62,270 61,020
122 T 48 Polished Special Veneers 68,200 66,950
122 T 48 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 75,500 74,250
122 T 48 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 81,450 80,200
122 T-SFM 48 Satin and Polished Ebony 52,260 51,010
122 T-SFM 48 Satin and Polished White 53,200 51,950
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 58,510 57,260
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Ordinary Veneers 63,030 61,780
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Ordinary Veneers 68,930 67,680
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Special Veneers 65,070 63,820
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Special Veneers 70,970 69,720
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 78,300 77,050
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 84,260 83,010
130 T-PS 51 Satin and Polished Ebony 62,900 61,650
130 T-PS 51 Satin and Polished White 63,850 62,600
130 T-PS 51 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 69,140 67,890
130 T-PS 51 Satin Ordinary Veneers 73,680 72,430
130 T-PS 51 Polished Ordinary Veneers 79,580 78,330
130 T-PS 51 Satin Special Veneers 75,670 74,420
130 T-PS 51 Polished Special Veneers 81,660 80,410
130 T-PS 51 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 88,960 87,710
130 T-PS 51 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 94,890 93,640
130 T-SFM 51 Satin and Polished Ebony 64,140 62,890
130 T-SFM 51 Satin and Polished White 65,070 63,820
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 70,360 69,110
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Ordinary Veneers 74,890 73,640
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Ordinary Veneers 80,800 79,550
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Special Veneers 76,910 75,660
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Special Veneers 82,830 81,580
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 90,200 88,950
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 96,100 94,850
138 K 54 Satin and Polished Ebony 66,680 65,430
138 K 54 Satin and Polished White 67,630 66,380
138 K 54 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 72,920 71,670
138 K 54 Satin Ordinary Veneers 77,460 76,210
138 K 54 Polished Ordinary Veneers 83,360 82,110
138 K 54 Satin Special Veneers 79,470 78,220
138 K 54 Polished Special Veneers 85,390 84,140
138 K 54 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 92,720 91,470
138 K 54 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 98,670 97,420
138 K-SFM 54 Satin and Polished Ebony 69,480 68,230
138 K-SFM 54 Satin and Polished White 70,420 69,170
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 75,730 74,480
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Ordinary Veneers 80,250 79,000
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Ordinary Veneers 86,150 84,900
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Special Veneers 82,290 81,040
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Special Veneers 88,210 86,960
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 95,540 94,290
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 101,460 100,210
Steingraeber & Shne Grands
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 115,730 114,480
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished White 118,270 117,020
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 131,500 130,250
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 133,250 132,000
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 142,460 141,210
A-170 S 5 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 106,660 105,410
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Ebony 133,220 131,970
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished White 135,770 134,520
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 150,720 149,470
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 152,630 151,380
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 162,940 161,690
B-192 S 6 3 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 123,880 122,630
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Ebony 151,830 150,580
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished White 154,330 153,080
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 170,500 169,250
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 172,660 171,410
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 184,020 182,770
C-212 S 7 0 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 141,080 139,830
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 178,070 176,820
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished White 180,510 179,260
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 198,040 196,790
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 200,310 199,060
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 212,390 211,140
D-232 S 7 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 166,020 164,770
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Ebony 253,920 252,670
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished White 256,420 255,170
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 277,720 276,470
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 279,590 278,340
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 295,080 293,830

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