The Art of Piano Making in Bayreuth
Steingraeber’s upright and grand pianos are handcrafted in the time-honoured tradition of piano building since 1852 and are among the finest instruments produced by an elite group of manufacturers. Steingraeber remains a leader on the cutting edge of developments in the construction of world-class instruments with a strong goodwill of artists, concert halls and music universities worldwide.
Udo Steingraeber (6th generation), has headed up the firm since 1980, with the 7th generation already waiting in the wings. Not only has the family tradition remained strong; so has the historic residence of the firm in the Wagner City of Bayreuth. Steingraeber Haus (1754) has been preserved largely in original condition. In the “Rococo Hall” the original Liszt grand piano (1873) can be seen and heard. And Steingraeber Haus remains a meeting place for artists to this day. Pianists often come up with improvements, and so Steingraeber always has its finger on the pulse of innovation.
Are there still secrets to piano building that you can hear and feel? Yes! Despite higher standards for mass-produced pianos, when it comes to the very few top-of-the-line instruments on the market, nature and skilled craftsmanship remain critical factors. With pianos made by Steingraeber & Söhne, you can expect top quality!
All five grand piano models enjoy the benefit of more than 160 years’ experience and reflect our commitment to an ideal sound, which is transparent, rich in overtones and extremely versatile. Twenty percent more upweight and non-slip key tops make the touch of our grand piano absolutely perfect.
There are good reasons why what they say about the full sound of Steingraeber grands also holds true for the upright pianos: Our model 130 is acoustically equivalent to a 160 cm (5 ft. 3 in.) baby grand, model 138 to a 180 cm (6 ft.) salon grand piano. And model 122 is a classic, well-suited for house concerts and eminent stages like the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.
Concert Grand Piano E-272
Many pianists praise the E-272 as one of the most distinctive and outstanding instruments on the market. Unique features include the sound reflecting rim, the star-shaped/half-timbered braces, and the “unbelievably enjoyable” (to quote C. Katsaris) action. Steingraeber is the only manufacturer that has reduced the sound surface of the treble soundboard and restored its classical relationship to the short treble strings. Thus, Steingraeber strings have 27% less wood weight to set in motion.
Piano 138 K “Twist & Change”
This concert upright is the acoustic equivalent of a 180 cm (6 ft.) long salon grand and awarded “Best in the World” in Paris. Universities, small concert halls, and churches are using them in place of grand pianos. They come standardly equipped with our classic action (grand-piano-like SFM action optional) and enhanced chamber music dampening for the single string sections. The cabinetry for our 138 upright piano comes in K-Klassic, B-Baroque and many other designs, including your own!
In the first third of the nineteenth century, Sordino used to be a standard feature on all grands made e. g. by the piano companies Graf (Vienna) and Erard (Paris). Thanks to a suggestion from the pianist Jura Margulis, Steingraeber has now reintroduced this feature as pedal* or knee lever. A ve...| » Further reading
Steingraeber published the Mozart Rail ® in autumn 2014. It reduces the touch depth in grand pianos down to 8 mm and hammer distance to the strings down to 36 mm. This makes softer pppp playing and faster repetition possible. The key-dip became deeper and deeper through three hundred year...| » Further reading
The use of electronics for pianos is “old hat”. Yet electronics have rarely served artistic and creative expression, if at all. They have mainly to do with muting, “player pianos” or pop music, which booms out of the soundboard of late. Electronics offer a multitude of ...| » Further reading
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