Thursday, December 6, 2012

How To Build A Steinway

What makes a Steinway D sound like a Steinway D? The 2007 documentary Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 explores this question and others with an in-depth look at the lengthy, handcrafted process.


Eddie Salvadon fits the plate of a Steinway concert grand while Lang Lang performs Liszt's "Liebesträume No. 3."

Each piano's journey spans 12 months beginning in the forests of Alaska and ending in Steinway's Queens, New York factory. The documentary also examines Steinway's rich history, the changing role of the piano in our culture, and the piano's personal relationship with performers. Fascinating and highly recommended.


1929 Steinway promotion film for the Style B grand piano. Many of these techniques are still used today.

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