The designs of the grand pianos are based upon more than 150 years’ experience. At the same time, they include the most recent updates and represent an even stronger commitment to an ideal transparent sound, fullness and richness of overtones, and the greatest possible degree of adaptability. There are five models available, from E-272 to A-170.
On all models, active string sections between the bridge and hitch pins purposefully enrich the overtones within the principle of an integrated sound. All frames are “open,” i.e., designed without forward cross-braces. This offers great advantages for una corda (soft pedal) playing, as well as for the extended techniques which Contemporary Music requires. Fast-responding key action without “aquaplaning” - with hygroscopic white keys in an ivory substitute and black keys in solid ebony - make for enjoyable playing. Mammoth ivory for the white keys is optional, as are special features like knuckle rollers, the new energy transmission system in the Phoenix model, and weather-resistant, carbon-fibre soundboards.
Unique features include: the unusual shape of the sound-reflecting rims, the combined star-shaped and half-timbered braces, and the “incredibly agreeable”(Cyprien Katsaris)
touch. The most uncommon feature, however, is the shape of the soundboard in the treble. The resonating space was newly reconstructed, based on the classical relationship between
[short] string length and resonating space. Steingraeber strings have 27% less wood mass to penetrate than comparable instruments by other piano builders! The result is a tone that is
present and singing, even in softer passages.
Thus, Steingraeber piano builders have succeeded in producing a new sound quality that is perfect for the performance of 18th and early 19th-century music, while also being suited to the percussive requirements of the 20th and 21st centuries. This distinguishes the E-272 from outstanding concert grands by other manufacturers.
The new Steingraeber & Sons D-232, the "little brother" of the E-272 concert grand, was introduced at the 2008 Music Exhibitions in California, Frankfurt and Paris. The family resemblance is immediately apparent in the shape of the outer rim. Both the D and E models include the same excellent acoustic features, such as the symmetrically shaped rim with a sound reflection zone at the rear, unique plate design which eliminates forward cross-braces and precisely limited sounding board area – the result is a tone that is present and singing.
Upon second glance, extraordinary features become apparent:
- the D-232 has the lightest top lid of any grand piano, up to 33% lighter than industrially manufactured lids, which contributes extra overtones to the core sound.
- the capo d'astro bar extends across forty-six unisons to just above the middle of the keyboard, thereby encompassing the largest pitch range of any piano. This concept is unique to Steingraeber and is offered nowhere else in the world. Only forty-two unisons pass through agraffes!
Clearly, the goal of Steingraeber's piano builders is to give even greater brilliance and reverberation to the wonderfully singing tone for which Steingraeber pianos are already famous! It goes without saying that the "7-foot-7" (as the D-232 is called in America) also comes with a well-known Steingraeber specialty, the drilled capo d'astro bar. This creates little bridges between every tone from the bar to the plate, adding structural stability and contribute to the exceptionally long sustain.
Thanks to twenty to twenty-five grams of upweight with a downweight of 48g in the treble and 52g in the bass, playing has never been more enjoyable, lightning fast, or controllable down to the softest pianissimo.
Synthetic ivory key tops, based on slightly hygroscopic mineral material, and solid ebony keys complete the great feel of this piano. Mammoth ivory is also available as an option on Steingraeber pianos.
The D-232 is a classic, professional concert grand piano through and through. Special features, including rolling knuckles and the innovative Phoenix system of patented bridge agraffes for efficient energy transmission, will soon be available for this new model, just as they are for other Steingraeber grand pianos.
was introduced at the beginning of 2009. It is the direct descendant of the Steingraeber Liszt Grand Piano, the legendary model 205. The bass* has been enhanced and adapted to twenty-first
century requirements, while the previous design has undergone only moderate alterations.
The allure of the Steingraeber 205, which has fascinated pianists like Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss, Engelbert Humperdinck and, more recently, Daniel Barenboim, has been preserved. Because of its differentiated sound spectrum and registers, this model is in use for lieder recitals, in recording studios and music conservatories (e.g., Munich, Paris, Hannover), and at New Music festivals.
* The bass has been enriched with greater volume. Comparison of the 205 and the C-212:
- vibrating soundboard +4.8% / string length up to +5.8%
- the action, keyboard, and string lengths for notes 36-88 are identical
A New Standard for Salon Grands from Steingraeber & Söhne
In honour of the Liszt Anniversary, Steingraeber & Söhne unveiled a new 192 cm (6’3”) grand at the 2011 Bayreuth Festival. It is closely modeled on the Liszt grand, which is to say the Steingraeber C-212 and its predecessor, the 1873 Eduard Steingraeber 200.
The unique, distinctive features of a Steingraeber that immediately spring to mind are:
* straight bass bridge without suspension
* very long bass strings on a similar scale to those of a chamber music grand
* highly flexible bridges made of solid copper beech
* bearing bars in the treble registers for optimal mixing of partials
* precisely limited sounding board area by way of a far-reaching sound trap
* enhanced volume through very hard outer rims of layered beech wood (26 pcs. horizontal and
13 pcs. vertical)
The first B-192 grands were delivered punctual for Christmal 2011 to their new owner. In addition to discerning private clients, this new grand piano is particularly well suited to professionals
and for use in music conservatories.
At Steingraeber & Söhne, professional pianists and musical institutions are our primary customers. Besides the highly differentiated color spectrum that has become the hallmark of our sound, clients often choose a Steingraeber because our mechanisms are both speedy and reliable. That is why we’ve placed so much value on this grand piano’s affinity with its big brother, the C-212. In fact, it is such a priority that the actions of the C-212 and the B-192 are virtually identical!
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We don’t consider our Salon Grand Piano A-170 to be a “baby grand,” because it impresses one as much larger than its 170 cm (5’7”) would suggest. Its projection and volume are truly surprising for an instrument of its size. In physical terms, this phenomenon is based upon its unusually wide tail, which results in very long bass strings. The bass bridge also manages to do without bridgework, just like large grand pianos! The sophisticated, action mechanism, built to the highest specifications, makes it a truly professional instrument.