2008-2009 Annual Supplement to The Piano Book: Buying & by Larry Fine

By Larry Fine

Delivering record costs for greater than 2,500 presently made piano manufacturers and versions, in addition to suggestion on the best way to estimate real road costs to aid negotiate the bottom attainable expense, this annual supplement to The Piano e-book bargains the data essential to differentiate among a lot and very much whilst purchasing a piano. somebody out there for a brand new or used piano—including lecturers, technicians, scholars, and aficionados—can make a extra trained buy utilizing this definitive and singular advisor. thoroughly up to date info on piano brands, tool types, costs, and present traits and stipulations within the piano industry is usually incorporated.

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Later in his life, he teamed up with Heinrich Steinweg and Heinrich’s son, Theodore, to build pianos in Germany. Heinrich emigrated to the United States about 1850, soon to establish the firm of Steinway & Sons. Theodore followed in 1865, selling his share in the partnership to Friedrich’s son, Wilhelm, Friedrich having died in 1860. Thereafter, the firm became known as GrotrianSteinweg. ) Even as early as the 1860s, Grotrian pianos were well known and highly respected throughout Europe. Each successive generation of the Grotrian family maintained the company’s high standards and furthered the technical development of the instrument.

For instance, in one small portion of the soundboard where additional stiffness is required, the grain of the wood runs perpendicular to that of the rest of the soundboard, cleverly disguised so as to be almost unnoticeable. The pianos are impeccably prepared at the factory, including very fine voicing—even perfect tuning of the duplex scales. 48 Those most familiar with Fazioli pianos describe them as combining both great power and great warmth in a way that causes the music played on them to “make sense” as few other pianos can.

If all the beams are more or less parallel to one another, the piano is of the old design. If several of the beams converge toward the front of the instrument, the piano is of the new design. ” 41 ESSEX Steinway & Sons, Inc. , Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China Essex pianos are designed by Steinway & Sons engineers and are made in factories in China and Korea by both Young Chang and Pearl River. Steinway first introduced its Essex line of pianos in early 2001 with a limited offering of models made by Young Chang, and the brand kept an unusually low profile in the piano market for a number of years.

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