Archive for : August, 2019

Choosing the Best Steingraeber Upright & Grand Pianos

The Steingraeber company has been making high quality, handcrafted upright and grand pianos in Germany since 1852.

These are limited edition instruments, made in Bayreuth, and their manufacture draws on a long tradition of craftsmanship, while it also embraces and initiates new developments and innovations.

If you are looking for a piano, should you choose an upright or a grand, and what can the best Steingraeber grand pianos and Steingraeber upright pianos offer you?

Upright or Grand Piano?

There’s more than the size that is different between an upright and a grand piano.

Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori invented the first piano in Padua, Italy in 1709. It marked a significant advance from its predecessor, the harpsichord, because it depended on striking rather than plucking the strings.

The hammer action of the piano meant the player could change the way the notes were struck: hard, soft, slow, fast, etc.

Steingraeber Upright Pianos
Steingraeber Upright Piano

This action is different in upright and grand pianos.

In the upright piano, the action sits vertically, the same as the strings, but the keys rest horizontally, naturally. When the key is pressed, the parts move the hammer to strike the strings horizontally.

In the grand piano, the action rests horizontally with the strings. Here the hammer moves vertically to strike the string.

What this means is that on the grand piano, you have more control of dynamics when playing, including speed and overall force.

The grand piano’s action is faster because it moves with gravity.

Generally, the grand is always louder than the upright.

However, with a high quality instrument, such as a Steingraeber piano, the upright piano still represents a peak of well-crafted, precision manufacturing.

The other thing to consider is the size.

Steingraeber Grand Piano c212
Steingraeber Grand Piano

Here there is a degree of crossover, since Steingraeber offers a baby grand model A170, but also the upright piano 138, which is the largest upright piano in the world.

What Makes Steingraeber Pianos Different?

Steingraeber pianos are considered by many to be among the finest pianos ever made, and the company continues to make them today.

Along with the baby grand A170 and its rich bass depth, which allows it to punch well above its weight musically. Steingraeber also produces the C212 grand piano, which is modelled on the original piano the company supplied to the composer Franz Liszt.

The Steingraeber company’s range of upright and grand pianos offer practical luxury. For conservatories and music professionals, it offers salon brands such as the Steingraeber B192 Grand Piano. And for medium-sized concert halls, the D232 grand piano with lightweight lid and specially drilled cap d’astro bar, for exceptionally long sustain.

Then there is the Steingraeber E-272 Concert Grand Piano, which simultaneously embodies years of experienced craftsmanship combined with unique features, including the innovative resonating space of its soundboard.

The Steingraeber upright range offers highly expressive instruments which can hold their own in theatres, conservatories and smaller venues.

In fact, the Steingraeber 130 upright model has a unique action which accurately captures the sound of a grand piano, but in an upright.

The professional range of Steingraeber upright and grand pianos we sell offers the choice, quality and innovation that the Steingraeber name is known for.

If you are looking for Steingraeber Upright or Grand Pianos, Markson Pianos can help you buy the best! Contact us on 0207 935 8682 for more details.

Markson Pianos Introduces Grotrian-Steinweg Pianos At Our Showroom

Markson Pianos are pleased to announce the introduction of legendary Grotrian Pianos at our showroom in London.

For over 180 years Grotrian Steinweg has been producing the highest quality pianos. Known for their uncompromising standards and unwavering attention to detail; these pianos have taken on almost mythical status amongst true piano enthusiasts.

Founded by Friedrich Grotrian in 1835; Grotrian pianos have always stayed true to their vision of producing only the most incredible instruments. Friedrich Grotrian himself famously said to his sons,  “Lads, build good pianos and the rest will take care of itself.” This statement crystallises the sentiment underpinning the Grotrian way. To this day, the instruments are still built in Germany of only the finest materials. Having been family run for over 6 generations, Grotrian pianos are endowed with a sense of heritage seldom seen in modern instruments.

Interestingly, Friedrich Grotrian originally had a partner in what would become his family business and legacy—Heinrich Steinweg. This is where the name Grotrian-Steinweg originates. Years after the factory was opened, Steinweg moved to America where he changed his name to Henry Steinway and founded Steinway and Sons. Two legendary piano brands with a common origin.

Grotrian joined forces with The Parsons Music Group in 2015, another family owned business headquartered in Hong Kong. With over 5000 personnel and 100 retail outlets of their own, the partnership between the two companies has given Grotrian an expanded economic platform upon which to grow. The additional resources have allowed Grotrian to develop a wide range of pianos. Despite the fact that some of these pianos are under different brand names; the attention to detail, innovation and craftsmanship remain at the highest level.

We have introduced two models of Grotrian-Steinweg pianos to our showroom.

Grotrian-Steinweg Model 113 Upright

Firstly, the Grotrian-Steinweg Model 113 Upright Piano with a black polyester finish. Though modest in its dimensions, this instrument is capable of substantial depth of expression and sound. A small and elegant piano, made entirely in Braunschweig, Germany, provides a perfect starting point from which to explore the magic of these legendary instruments.

Grotrian Steinweg Model 113Piano

Grotrian-Steinweg Model 124 Upright

As well as the Model 113, we have also added the Grotrian-Steinweg Model 124 Upright Piano. The 124 delivers a clear and refined sound with magnificent acoustics and large action. An exceptionally versatile instrument which can be played with passion of expression to deliver a performance that delights pianist and audience alike.

Grotrian Steinweg Model 124 Piano

If you’re interested in learning more about Grotrian-Streinweg Pianos or would like to come and try one out for yourself. Please call us at 0207 935 8682 or visit our London showroom.