Steinway & Sons

Knowledge Base

A Collection of Informative Articles, Guides, and Frequently Asked Questions About Pianos

Each Steinway & Sons piano is hand-crafted, one at a time, taking about a full year to complete and has 12,116 individual part in a grand piano.  It may be easy to find a piano that is less expensive than a Steinway, but it is impossible to find one that will offer more heritage, more renown or a greater return on investment.  In fact, for more than 150 years, every handmade Steinway has increased in value.

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Steinway & Sons pianos have been the instrument of choice for 98% of the world's performing artists.  That’s because we've built our reputation on a commitment to one simple word: quality.  Our pianos are far more than fine instruments.  Each one is an investment-worthy, hand-crafted family heirloom to be treasured and enjoyed for generations to come.

Steinway Model 'M' in  Mahogany Satin

This Knowledge Base provides a wealth of information that we've amassed about what makes a piano work well, play well, and sustain its value.  You’ll find several piano-buying resources that will help you select the piano that is best for you and your family.  One resource is our Piano Buyer’s Guide that will walk you through the important elements to consider when searching for a new or used piano. We've also collected several videos about the making of a piano and what makes brands unique in the world of pianos.

In our collection of Piano Shopping Tools, you’ll learn how to prepare and shop for a piano online or in your local piano stores.  Shopping for a piano can be overwhelming, but with these tools, we hope you’ll find the journey can be a memorable one.

Starting with the mechanics, the piano works through a complex and highly developed process that dates from the early 1700s before being perfected over the last centuries.  Did you know that there are over 12,000 specific parts in a typical piano?  Talking about each part would be overwhelming, but in our How It Works section we have highlighted the parts and detailed the manufacturing processes that are most important when considering a new piano purchase.

Finally, please take a look at the Steinway Artists who make the Steinway sing.  See what these professionals say about the piano.  Learn why they choose to perform on a Steinway.  Then watch these same artists perform at local venues in our video library.

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