Steinway and Sons

Steinway and Sons, more popularly known as Steinway, is an American and German manufacturer of handmade, high-quality pianos. The company was founded 1853 in Manhattan, New York City by German immigrant Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later Henry E. Steinway). Steinway Pianos is now the subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc.

Steinway holds more or less 130 patents, the greatest number among piano manufacturing companies in the world. With the many honors and recognitions that Steinway pianos have received, they have also been recognized with a gold medal in 1855 during the American Institute Fair at the New York Crystal Palace, only two years after their founding year. The label continued to rake in numerous awards, including three medals during the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1867.

To this day, each of Steinway’s pianos are manufactured the same way. Each piano is made in a very careful manner, which takes about a year to fully create and to season a single unit.

Steinway designs and markets two budget brands: Boston and Essex, made using lower-cost components and labor; these pianos are manufactured in Asia.

Steinway has three brand units: the (1) original Steinway and Sons for the professional performers which is also the most expensive among the three, the (2) “Boston” for the mid-level market (which are manufactured in Japan) and the (3) “Essex” which is for the entry-level market (which are manufactured in China).

Steinway and Sons is known to produce at least 4,000 pianos every year and are distributed worldwide in about 200 authorized dealers.

Serial numbers of each piano can be found inside, depending on the type of the piano. In grand pianos, serial numbers are located on the cast iron plate between the tuning pins above the keyboard.

On Steinway upright pianos, the serial number “can be located on the top of the wrest plank above the cast iron plate when you open the lid”.

They are also known to have the most number of registered patents among any other piano manufacturers that reaches the number of 130.

One patent includes the middle piano pedal, known as the “sostenuto pedal”, which allows the player to create a continued resonating sound while other notes are played without continuing to resonate.

Steinway and Sons pianos are also famous to renowned musicians and concert performers such as Billy Joel, Randy Newman, Igor Stravinsky, Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall, the American Schubert Institute, Anthony and Joseph Paratore and many others.

Steinway and Sons
Serial Numbers & Piano Ages

1896 -- 85000 

1900 -- 95000

1905 - 105000

1910 - 140000

1915 - 170000

1920 - 200000

1925 - 230000

1930 - 270000

1935 - 279000

1940 - 300000

1945 - 317000

1950 - 331000

1955 - 346500

1960 - 366000

1965 - 390000

1970 - 418000

1975 - 439000

1980 - 468500

1985 - 493000

1990 - 516700

1995 - 533500

2000 - 554000

2005 - 574500

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