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STEINWAY (PRE-OWNED) — PIANO STATS

Original Piano Maker(s)

Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (1797-1871), and his sons

Date Established

1853

Original Location(s)

New York City, New York

Notable Dates

  • c. 1851/1852 — Steinweg and his children changed their German names to sound more American, and subsequently became Steinway.
  • 1855 — Steinway awarded a gold medal at the New York American Fair for their square piano.
  • 1856 — Steinway began making grand pianos.
  • 1862 — Steinway began making upright pianos.
  • 1866 — Steinway Concert Hall opens on E. 14th Street; the building eventually serves as the company's headquarters.
  • 1867 — Awarded medal at the Paris World’s Fair.
  • c. 1870s — Steinway’s operation moves to Astoria, Long Island, New York.
  • 1925 — Steinway Hall relocates to W. 57th Street until 2014(the new one is currently being built and will be located on the Avenue of the Americas).

Notable Dates (cont.)

  • 1955 — Henry Ziegler Steinway (1915 – 2008), son to Theodore E. and great-grandson of Henry E. Steinway, became president of the company (holding that position until 1977 where he then became chairman until he retired in 1980); he was the last family member to run Steinway & Sons.
  • 1972 — Steinway sold to CBS, Inc.
  • 1985 — CBS, Inc. sold to an American investment group, known as Steinway to Steinway Musical Properties.
  • 1995 — Steinway Musical Properties merged with Conn-Selmer, Inc., renaming the company Steinway Musical instruments.

Innovation(s) / Patent(s)

  • 1859 — Henry Steinway, Jr. (1831-1865) awarded patent for the over-stringing of grand pianos.
  • 1868-1885 — Theodore Steinway earned more than 40 patents; an awarded in 1875 for ‘Improvement in Grand Piano-Forte Action’ is attributed to bringing modern action to the grand piano.

Current Owner(s)

Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc., an American investment group.
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Page Sources

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[1]
Hoover, Cynthia Adams.  "The Steinways and Their Pianos in the Nineteenth Century."  Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society.  Vol. VII, 1981” pg. 57.  AmericanHistory.  Web.  21 Nov. 2015.
[2]
Steinway & Sons.  "The Making of Steinway Model B Grand Piano."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 15 Sept. 2015.  Web. 27 Feb. 2016.  Standard YouTube License.
Additional References:
  • Barron, James.  Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand.  New York: Times Books Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2006.  Google Books.  Web.  21 Nov 2015.
  • Ratcliffe, Ronald, and Stuart Isacoff.  Steinway.  San Francisco: Chronicle Books LLC, 1989.  Google Books.  Web. 21 Nov. 2015.
  • Hoover, Cynthia Adams, and Edwin Good, eds.  "William Steinway Diary Project."  American History.  Smithsonian National Museum of American History, n.d.  Web.  21 Nov. 2015.
  • "Over-Stringing of Grand Piano."  Google Patents.  IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, n.d.  Web.  21 Nov. 2015. 
  • "Improvement in Grand Piano-Forte Actions."  Google Patents.  IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, n.d.  Web.  21 Nov. 2015.