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Note by note - Steinway pianos


"Make no compromise in quality"
said Henry E. Steinway, the founder of Steinway&Sons
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One of the men in the film says "it's easy to make something that looks like a piano, but getting it to sound like an instrument, that's difficult". This made me spend one hour to watch this and then to post it here. Now I understand why it's such a great achievement for a cultural institution to own a Steinway,
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Since 1853, Steinway pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty, and investment value. Handcrafting each Steinway requires up to one full year – creating an instrument of rare quality and global renown. Not surprisingly, Steinway remains the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists, and countless pianists, composers, and performers around the world.
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Two years ago I visited the Steinway Store in Boston, USA. And I got a full tour, not just what the regular shoppers see. There are many, many rooms full of pianos. Bigger, smaller, black, brown, white. There are tens of models. The biggest one is Concert Grand (with a length of 274cm and worth about 103.000$). The one below :)
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Besides making pianos, Steinway Company also invests in education. They have a project called All-Steinway Schools, which demonstrates a commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best equipment possible for the study of music. That is why the only pianos owned by the institutions — from the practice room to the recital hall — are designed by Steinway & Sons.
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I found an interesting documentary on YouTube on how these amazing pianos are made. There are 10 parts and if you watch all of them you'll be tempted to buy a piano.
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There's lots of Lang Lang included!
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Note By Note is a feature-length independent documentary that follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand, #L1037— from forest floor to concert hall. It explores the relationship between musician and instrument, chronicles the manufacturing process, and illustrates what makes each Steinway unique in this age of mass production. From the factory floor in Queens to Steinway Hall in Manhattan, each pianos journey is complex— spanning 12 months, 12,000 parts, 450 craftsmen, and countless hours of fine-tuned labor. Filmed in key Steinway locations—the factory, Steinways reserved Bank, and private auditions—Note By Note is a loving celebration of not just craftsmanship, but of a dying breed of person who is deeply connected to working by hand. In the end, this is an ode to the most unexpected, and perhaps ironic, of unsung heroes. It reminds us how extraordinary the dialogue can be between an artist and an instrument — crafted out of human hands but borne of the materials of nature.
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Featuring interviews and performances with a number of world-class artists including Chinese phenom Lang Lang, Hélène Grimaud, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, contemporary singer Harry Connick, Jr. and jazz greats Hank Jones, Marcus Roberts, Kenny Barron and Bill Charlap.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for changing the photo.This new one is a very beautiful photograph.
    Regards,Cristina.

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