Steinway Pianos Manufactured in Asia
In addition to the Steinway & Sons brand, Steinway markets two other brands: Essex for the entry-level market, and Boston for the mid-level market. Essex and Boston pianos are made using lower-cost components and labor. They feature lower overall string tension, a hallmark of Steinway pianos. This brings a warmer tone, longer sustain, and a lighter attack. Pianos of these two brands, made with Steinway designs, are manufactured in Asia by independent suppliers.
Essex: This model is made for the entry-range market and is lower priced than Steinway and Boston pianos. Since 2005, Essex pianos have been made at the Pearl River piano factory in Guangzhou, China. Prior to 2005, they were made by Young Chang in Korea. There are two sizes of Essex grand pianos and four sizes of Essex upright pianos available in a wide variety of finishes and furniture designs. Essex pianos incorporate these features of Steinway pianos: lower string tension, a wider tail design, an all-wood action with Steinway geometry with rosette-shaped hammer flanges, and reinforced hammers with metal fasteners. The scale design is by Steinway.
Boston: This model is made for the general mid-ranged piano market at lower prices than Steinway’s name brand. Boston pianos are manufactured by Kawai in Hamamatsu, Japan, and Karawang, Indonesia. There are five sizes of Boston grand pianos and three sizes of Boston upright pianos available in a variety of finishes. Boston pianos incorporate some features of Steinway pianos, such as lower string tension, a wider tail design (a feature of the Steinway piano models A-188, B-211, C-227, and D-274), resulting in a larger soundboard area than conventionally shaped pianos of comparable sizes. They also include a maple inner rim, Steinway’s Octagrip pinblock, and the scale design is by Steinway.
Please contact us for the current availability of any previously owned Essex or Boston pianos.
Bechstein and Hoffman Pianos
C. Bechstein pianos are constructed with very high levels of quality and precision in Seifhennersdorf, Germany. The touch of a Bechstein is light and very responsive. Their instruments require little effort to produce a great tone.
The W. Hoffmann brand was founded in Berlin in 1904 by Wilhelmine Sophia Friederike Hoffmann.
Their upright and grand pianos are now made in the Czech Republic town of Hradec Králové by the foremost European piano manufacturer, C. Bechstein.
We recommend the Bechstein/W. Hoffman Professional Series for their striking silver and chrome interior with a polished ebony finish. They are manufactured in grand and upright models.
Please contact us for the current availability of any new or previously owned Bechstein or Hoffman pianos.
Bosendorfer pianos have significantly higher string tensions and use harder hammers as well, which which makes notes have greater clarity. They are clean and bright with pure tones. Bosendorfer is the only piano made with a spruce rim, going against the conventional wisdom that a piano rim must be made of hard, dense woods such as maple or beech.
Please contact us for the current availability of any new or previously owned Bosendorfer pianos.
Yamaha upright pianos feature a silent pedal, which makes them the favorite of music schools everywhere. Yamaha pianos have beautiful cases that fit the décor of any home.
Please contact us for the current availability of any new or previously owned Yamaha pianos.
Kawai brand pianos can take a lot of punishment because their pianos have a very strong build quality. Koichi Kawai formed his piano company in 1927 to build the world’s finest piano with a focused pursuit of excellence. They are recommended by piano technicians because they consistently have very high quality parts and construction.
Please contact us for the current availability of any previously owned Kawai pianos.
A ten-year trade-up warranty is offered on all pianos.
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