Original Piano Maker(s)

George Steck (1829 – 1897)

Date Established


Original Location(s)

New York City

Notable Dates

  • 1860 — Company renamed from Steck & Grupe to George Steck & Company.
  • 1865 — Awarded Gold Medal for Square Piano National Exhibition of the American Institute in New York.
  • 1865 — Steck Hall opened.
  • 1871 — Steck Hall relocated to a larger venue, and atop the hall their main headquarters.
  • 1873 — Awarded First Prize at the Vienna Exposition.
  • 1884 — Incorporated and awarded profit-sharing.
  • 1887 — Steck retired and was succeeded by George Nembach.
Steck was one of those restless natures who are never satisfied with the best of their work. As a scale drawer he had no superior. Because of the exceptional solidity of the Steck piano, it has been chosen for years by many schools and colleges all through the United States, and has become known as the 'school piano.'
Alfred Dolge from Pianos and Their Makers... [ 2 ]

Innovation(s) / Patent(s)

  • 1865 — Patent awarded for Bell-Metal Plate
  • 1870 — Patent awarded for the Independent Iron Frame

Current Owner(s)

Manufactured for North America by Nanjing Moutrie Piano Company in Nanjing, China, and distributed by Welkin Sound Inc. in Ontario, California.
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Page Sources

Dolge, Alfred.  Pianos and Their Makers: A Comprehensive History of the Development of the Piano from the Monochord to the Concert Grand Player Piano, Volume 1.  Covina: Covina Publishing Company, 1911: pg. 318.  Google Books.  Web. 15 Sept. 2015.
bartolomochristofari.  "Igor Stravinsky Plays His Piano Sonata in a 1925 Duo-Art Recording on a 1920 George Steck Grand Piano."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 2 Sept. 2009.  Web.  16 Nov. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.
Additional References:
  • Spillane, Daniel.  History of the American Pianoforte: Its Technical Development, and the Trade.  New York: D. Spillane, 1890.  Google Books.  Web.  18 Aug. 2015.