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The Steinway & Sons New York Factory

An Intimate Steinway Factory Tour

Inside a Steionway Factory WorkroomToday the Steinway Factory in New York City, NY (actually the factory is located in Long Island City, NY), looks much like it has for well more than a century. Innovative designs that brought the piano forte into the modern world are brought to completion through old world techniques.

To this day, Steinway builds its pianos mostly by hand -- by many highly skilled hands, in fact, since the factory in New York employs between 400 and 500 workers.

Students, piano technicians, writers and journalists often tour the factory, then detail ways Steinway builders and technicians take such care, "treating each and every piano better than many doctors treat their patients."

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Text and Photography Sources (Click to Reveal / Conceal)

Photographs by Robert Callaghan, RPT

Textual Sources:

Barron, James. Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand. New York, Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2006.

Closson, Ernest. History of the Piano. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1944.

Fletcher, Neville H. and Thomas D Rossing. The Physics of Musical Instruments. New York,Springer, 1998.

Loesser, Arthur. Men, Women and Pianos, A Social History. New York, Dover Publications, Inc., 1954.

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