Steinway & Sons

Steinway Proudly Reintroduces the Model A Grand Piano

Steinway Model 'A' PianoThe original Model A "Parlor Grand Piano" was designed in 1878 by C.F. Theodore Steinway and further enhanced in 1896 extending the length from 6' to 6'2. The Model A revolutionized both the construction and sound of grand pianos.

Theodore Steinway is credited with many of the remarkable technical innovations of piano making, some of which have not been surpassed to this day. Between the years of 1868 and 1885, he was awarded an unprecedented 45 patents.

Designing the original Model A piano was an ambitious project. Theodore Steinway's objective was to create a 6' grand piano providing concert hall power and tone for people who did not have room for a larger piano.  This historic instrument introduced several acoustic breakthroughs. Among them:

The first continuous bent-rim case. This transformed both the manufacturing and sound quality of grand pianos, making it possible to transfer virbrations efficiently to the entire soundboard. The distinctive square tail design of the Model A also allowed for more soundboard vibrating area. Theodore Steinway's patented rim-bending presses are still in use at the Steinway Factory today.

Solid spruce radial bracing. The new system of structural re-inforcement provided the strength to support 35,000 pounds of string tension, many times the standard at the time. This allowed the use of longer strings, and greatly increased volume and tone.

The Model A piano, not in production in the United States since 1914, has now been recreated with the most current Steinway patented improvements. Like all Steinway pianos, the Model A was meticulously handcrafted at the Steinway & Sons factory. And in terms of performance, history has repeated itself. With in its 6'2 length, the new Model A once again delivers the unmistakable Steinway sound with remarkable power, depth and richness.

Steinway & Sons is pround to re-introduce this legendary piano. Touch the keys, and you will understand why.

"It is no idle boast when we assert that the Model A embodies the greatest progress ever achieved in the art of piano making."

- Steinway & Sons, 1878

 

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