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.

Model Feet Inches Description MSRP* SMP*
Steingraeber & Shne Verticals
122 T 48 Satin and Polished Ebony 47,950 46,700
122 T 48 Satin and Polished White 48,850 47,600
122 T 48 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 54,000 52,750
122 T 48 Satin Ordinary Veneers 58,350 57,100
122 T 48 Polished Ordinary Veneers 64,060 62,810
122 T 48 Satin Special Veneers 60,300 59,050
122 T 48 Polished Special Veneers 66,030 64,780
122 T 48 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 73,070 71,820
122 T 48 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 78,800 77,550
122 T-SFM 48 Satin and Polished Ebony 50,660 49,410
122 T-SFM 48 Satin and Polished White 51,560 50,310
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 56,670 55,420
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Ordinary Veneers 61,060 59,810
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Ordinary Veneers 66,750 65,500
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Special Veneers 62,990 61,740
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Special Veneers 68,700 67,450
122 T-SFM 48 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 75,780 74,530
122 T-SFM 48 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 81,530 80,280
130 T-PS 51 Satin and Polished Ebony 60,930 59,680
130 T-PS 51 Satin and Polished White 61,810 60,560
130 T-PS 51 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 66,960 65,710
130 T-PS 51 Satin Ordinary Veneers 71,300 70,050
130 T-PS 51 Polished Ordinary Veneers 77,020 75,770
130 T-PS 51 Satin Special Veneers 73,280 72,030
130 T-PS 51 Polished Special Veneers 78,990 77,740
130 T-PS 51 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 86,050 84,800
130 T-PS 51 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 91,760 90,510
130 T-SFM 51 Satin and Polished Ebony 62,110 60,860
130 T-SFM 51 Satin and Polished White 63,030 61,780
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 68,130 66,880
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Ordinary Veneers 72,480 71,230
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Ordinary Veneers 78,190 76,940
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Special Veneers 74,430 73,180
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Special Veneers 80,140 78,890
130 T-SFM 51 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 87,240 85,990
130 T-SFM 51 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 92,950 91,700
138 K 54 Satin and Polished Ebony 64,580 63,330
138 K 54 Satin and Polished White 65,470 64,220
138 K 54 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 70,590 69,340
138 K 54 Satin Ordinary Veneers 74,960 73,710
138 K 54 Polished Ordinary Veneers 80,650 79,400
138 K 54 Satin Special Veneers 76,890 75,640
138 K 54 Polished Special Veneers 82,620 81,370
138 K 54 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 89,720 88,470
138 K 54 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 95,430 94,180
138 K-SFM 54 Satin and Polished Ebony 67,250 66,000
138 K-SFM 54 Satin and Polished White 68,200 66,950
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Ebony w/Twist & Change Panels 73,300 72,050
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Ordinary Veneers 77,650 76,400
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Ordinary Veneers 83,360 82,110
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Special Veneers 79,620 78,370
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Special Veneers 85,350 84,100
138 K-SFM 54 Satin Extraordinary Veneers 92,390 91,140
138 K-SFM 54 Polished Extraordinary Veneers 98,120 96,870
Steingraeber & Shne Grands
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 111,910 110,660
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished White 114,390 113,140
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 127,160 125,910
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 128,810 127,560
A-170 5 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 137,740 136,490
A-170 S 5 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 106,110 104,860
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Ebony 129,360 128,110
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished White 131,820 130,570
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 146,310 145,060
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 148,180 146,930
B-192 6 3 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 158,130 156,880
B-192 S 6 3 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 123,310 122,060
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Ebony 147,400 146,150
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished White 149,840 148,590
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 165,500 164,250
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 167,580 166,330
C-212 7 0 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 178,630 177,380
C-212 S 7 0 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 140,410 139,160
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Ebony 178,510 177,260
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished White 180,970 179,720
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 198,570 197,320
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 200,820 199,570
D-232 7 7 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 212,930 211,680
D-232 S 7 7 Studio Lacquer Anti-Scratch 170,030 168,780
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Ebony 258,250 257,000
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished White 260,810 259,560
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Ordinary Veneers 282,480 281,230
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Special Veneers 284,370 283,120
E-272 8 11 Satin and Polished Extraordinary Veneers 300,150 298,900

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