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The Pianist’s Dream – Steinway & Sons Model B Grand Piano

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The Steinway Model B Grand piano has been often referred to as the perfect piano. It is the ideal amalgamation of power, sound production, size and broad application of use. This great grand piano was a direct and improved descendant of the Monitor grand piano.

This piano was first made known in 1878, and ever since then, it has enjoyed widespread patronage and usage.

Users have been known to commend the piano’s particularly sensitive touch and natural tone which have endeared it to the hearts of known artists for home practice, recordings, recital halls, and concert performances.

This piano features a remarkably large soundboard area and a dynamic bass sound section. Its compact nature makes it favorable to all who are particular about spaces especially in their homes, yet want the best.

Measuring 6’11” (211cm) in length and 58″ (148cm) in width, it weighs a total of 760 pounds (345kg). It also features a four-solid spruce brace to boost the tensile strength and at the same time cutting down its overall weight.

The distinct features of the Model B also include its cast iron treble bell underneath the rim which keeps the plate secured using a steel bolt. Its tuning pins are made from premium blued steel and are rust resistant because of its heads which are made of nickel.

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Its pedals a relatively heavy and are forged from solid brass while its dampers are horizontal-cut premium wool. These are fitted with maple heads to withstand prolonged usage.

The hammers are specially prepared to withstand moisture and attack from insects over time. To achieve this, premium wool is used both for the top and bottom felt. Both the hammers and the shanks are hard rock forged. Its keys are designed and crafted with finesse and special considerations.

They are stain-resistant and at the same time slip-proof, enhancing firm strokes. Also, there is a vent system which ensures there is no trapped moisture or humidity within. This is achieved with the use of both horizontal and vertical planks of birch. It is fitted with extensive maple dowel ends that anchor adjustable brass screws. The screws are touch-regulating.

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There are twelve high tensile whole treble strings made of the best of Swedish steel, while the bass though made of Swedish steel core have copper windings to enhance bass quality notes.

To ensure the permanent anchoring of the strings on the soundboard, handcrafted ribs are part of the features of this excellent grand piano. These ribs are made from resinous sugar pine and are certified long lasting.

The Model B’s key bed is designed to maximize the movement of the keys during heavy playing. This nullifies all sound interferences especially key ‘slapping.’ 

Its entire body is made of fine wood with a charismatic texture which intensifies its luminosity.

In all, the marriage of the visual beauty of the Steinway Model B Grand Piano and the distinct quality of its musical notes is a wonderful feat that has stood the test of time and has remained quite challenging to beat.

Steinway D-274 serial no 451728 – the instrument with extraordinary history

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The fact that nine out of every ten grand pianos used in concerts all over the world are Steinway pianos says a lot about this leading brand of musical instrument. Great and notable pianists over time have been noted to favor the Steinway pianos which have a reputation of the finest ever piano craftsmanship in the world.

Steinway D-274 is one of the flagship models of the Steinway & Sons piano company which was founded by Henry E. Steinway. Henry built his very first grand piano in 1836. Over the years, he made improvements on the piano in a passionate bid to maintain quality; the Steinway Company participated in the 1876 centennial exposition held in Pennsylvania.

The “Centennial grand”

They won the gold medal, and the Steinway piano became known as the “Centennial grand”. All of Steinway’s model D grand pianos took their origin from this peculiar Centennial grand piano.

However, the modern-day Steinway D-274 was first produced in 1884 by improving some of the pianos notable features. These included increasing the piano’s note bass from 17 to 20, providing the piano with a laminated case of multiple layers, improved tension in the strings and a Pedal lyre with a more becoming design.

Over the years, this piano has to a great extent maintained these features and until today had only undergone two remarkable improvements in its design.

The standard Steinway D-274 measures 274cm in length and has a breadth of 156cm, weighting 480kg (990 pounds).

The pristine quality of the Steinway piano has been maintained over the years through generations. When it comes to the Steinway D-274, it is known to have been produced in limited editions, and their differences had only been in the bodywork finishing and the color.

This Steinway D-274 makes up about 5 percent of the totality of the pianos produced by Steinway, which translates to 5,000 units out of Steinway’s overall approximate production count of 600,000 pianos, and this owes a lot to the peculiar quality of the model D’s.

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Steinway D-274 serial number 451728 – the only one such instrument in the world

One particularly unique and fascinating instrument is the Steinway D-274, serial number 451728, made in the year 1977. This particular piano bore the signature of both living Steinway brothers. The signatures can be easily perceived as a mark of certified authenticity and a testimony to its unmatched quality. Few pianos have been known to have been signed by one of the Steinways himself, not to mention being simultaneously signed by his brother too.

The D-274 no 452182 was sold to the legendary Amro music store in Memphis. Many great musicians have been known to patronize this store, and their list includes Stevie Wonder, Arthur Rubinstein, Herbie Hancock, Elvis Presley and a lot of other renowned musicians.

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Initially used mainly by Memphis symphonic orchestra, Steinway D-274 serial number 451728 later exchanged hands several times and featured in numerous musical performances worldwide. 

This and other numerous performances during which this magnificent instrument has participated so far show much of the musical history has really been made on its keys. Is it indeed one of the Steinway’s finest creations and a real treasure for anyone how becomes lucky enough to be its owner.