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The Steinway Grand Piano

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Restored Steinway Grand Piano by Michael Sweeney

Over time, your Steinway grand piano will find itself in need of repair. According to climate, the flux of moisture and light, air density, circulation, use and a host of other factors, your piano will eventually need a professional technician.

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Pianos Made to Last

Many people expect to pass their piano on to the next generation, and they to the next and to the next. Steinway pianos, like all superbly built pianos, will need plans for their periodic tuning and maintenance (even the piano's frequency of use factors into the equation), their occasional repair, and their eventual overhaul and restoration. Every Steinway piano deserves to have a caretaker, someone who respects the magnitude of what's at stake and of what's entailed in accepting the responsibility of protecting and preserving a Steinway grand piano.

In Larry Fine's The Piano Book, he writes an addendum on previously owned Steinway pianos. He says:

A rebuilt piano is not the exact equivalent of a new one. Even a fully and competently rebuilt piano will still retain the original case, cast-iron plate, keys, key frame, and action frame, and possibly the soundboard and some of the actions parts, too... These original parts will probably not give any trouble for the next twenty or thirty years if the piano was properly rebuilt and is well maintained... (Fine, 144)

Source (Click to Expand/Collapse)
Fine, Larry (1990). The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano, 2nd ed. Boston: Bookside Press, 144.
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