The Art of Piano Making in Bayreuth
Steingraeber’s upright and grand pianos are handcrafted in the time-honoured tradition of piano building since 1852 and are among the finest instruments produced by an elite group of manufacturers. Steingraeber remains a leader on the cutting edge of developments in the construction of world-class instruments with a strong goodwill of important artists, concert halls and music universities worldwide.
Udo Steingraeber (6th generation), has headed up the firm since 1980, with the 7th generation already waiting in the wings. Not only has the family tradition remained strong; so has the historic residence of the firm in the Wagner City of Bayreuth. Steingraeber Haus (1754) has been preserved largely in original condition. In the “Rococo Hall” the original Liszt grand piano (1873) can be seen and heard. And Steingraeber Haus remains a meeting place for artists to this day. Pianists often come up with improvements, and so Steingraeber always has its finger on the pulse of innovation.
In 2011, Steingraeber unveiled the “little brother” of our C-212 chamber music grand during the Bayreuth Festival summer season. Its powerfully rich tone comes mainly from very long bass strings on a similar scale to those of a chamber music concert grand. The designs of the C-212 and B-192 are closely related and these two pianos have identical actions. This grand piano will bring you unforgettable musical experiences at home and turn your parlour into a concert hall.
Many pianists praise the E-272 as one of the most distinctive and outstanding instruments on the market. Unique features include the sound reflecting rim, the star-shaped/half-timbered braces, and the “unbelievably enjoyable” (to quote C. Katsaris) action. Steingraeber is the only manufacturer that has reduced the sound surface of the treble soundboard and restored its classical relationship to the short treble strings. Thus, Steingraeber strings have 27% less wood weight to set in motion.
Model 130 has been our most successful upright for ninety years. In music academies and universities it replaces grand pianos. It is mechanically superior to mass-produced studio grand pianos and, it has a markedly fuller sound. The basic models are the 130 T-PS with sostenuto pedal and the 130 T-SFM. This piano can also be special ordered with chamber music bass dampening, which allows for exceptionally precise secco (“dry”) playing.
The key-dip became deeper and deeper through three hundred years of piano history; starting under 5 mm it went down to more than 10 mm today – a real challenge for pianists! Steingraeber’s Mozart Rail® reduces key-depth in grand pianos down to 8 mm, and hammer distance to the strings is reduced down to 36 mm. This makes softer pppp playing and faster repetition possible. It is available in two different versions: a knee lever to use it while playing or a hand rail to adjust it between 8 and 10 mm before starting to play. George Steingraeber developed this pianissimo pedal in 1894 and it was also used by Engelbert Humperdinck.