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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.

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Are there still secrets to piano building that you can hear and feel? Yes! Despite higher standards for mass-produced pianos, when it comes to the very few top-of-the-line instruments on the market, nature and skilled craftsmanship remain critical factors. With pianos made by Steingraeber & Söhne, you can expect top quality!
All five grand piano models enjoy the benefit of more than 160 years’ experience and reflect our commitment to an ideal sound, which is transparent, rich in overtones and extremely versatile. Twenty percent more upweight and non-slip key tops make the touch of our grand piano absolutely perfect.
There are good reasons why what they say about the full sound of Steingraeber grands also holds true for the upright pianos: Our model 130 is acoustically equivalent to a 160 cm (5 ft. 3 in.) baby grand, model 138 to a 180 cm (6 ft.) salon grand piano. And model 122 is a classic, well-suited for house concerts and eminent stages like the Bayreuth Festspielhaus.
Salon Grand Piano B-192 Rennaissance

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.

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Concert Grand Piano E-272

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.

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Upright Piano 130 T

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.

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Steingraeber & Söhne KG
Steingraeberpassage 1
95444 Bayreuth
Germany

Phone: +49 921 64049
Fax: +49 921 58272
Internet: www.steingraeber.de
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News & Innovations

Mozart Rail®

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.


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The Soundboard Transducer
Steingraeber Creates New Artistic Possibilities With Electronics.
There are a multitude of professional applications that electronics can offer music and Steingraeber & Söhne has demonstrated concerts with composer Robert HP Platz from the University of Musik Würzburg, and pianist Clara Murnig from the Beethoven Institute at the University of Music Vienna. This particular transducer technology was born out of a collaboration between Robert HP Platz and IRCAM Paris, and subsequently optimised in SWR’s (Südwestrundfunk) Experimental Studio. The startlingly-authentic piano sound is thanks to the physical modelling approach of Modartt/pianoteq.

Transducer + Physical Modelling = Possibilities
Play in all registers and all temperaments, as well as other instruments (Synthesizer, etc.)
Play on 2 levels, e.g. live performances of quarter-tone music, as the sound of the piano’s own strings is mixed flawlessly with that of the transducer, all within the same soundboard.
Mix the sounds of the real piano and any other instrument
Improvisation to a previous improvisation
The transducer increases the soundboard vibration (strings + piano transducers) and, thus, acts as a ‘volume booster‘ to the sound of a live piano, perfect for open-air concerts.
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A new, old tonality: Sordino®
In the first third of the nineteenth century, Sordino used to be a standard feature on all grands made e. g. by the piano companies Graf (Vienna) and Erard (Paris). Thanks to a suggestion from the pianist Jura Margulis, Steingraeber has now reintroduced this feature as pedal* or knee lever. A very fine piece of felt goes horizontally between the hammers and strings, allowing thus tone colourations/modifications as it is required e. g. by Franz Schubert’s “fp” marking.
* optional 4th pedal or by switch interchanging with the sostenuto function.
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