Archive for : March, 2020

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Features of Wilh Steinberg pianos

Wilh Steinberg are a renowned German piano maker with an impressive 135 years of piano making heritage. In recent years, the company has expanded its range of pianos to create high quality, competitively priced and elegantly designed instruments. Here we will be discussing some of the coveted craftsmanship and features of Wilh Steinberg pianos

Röslau Piano Strings

One of the most notable features of Wilh Steinberg pianos is without doubt the Röslau strings. Their high performance and sound quality have made them an industry favourite, but it is their tensile strength that truly sets them apart. When compared to other strings in the same class, Röslau strings exhibit 10% greater tensile strength. This is particularly important for seasoned pianists as it allows for exceptional sound whilst making them less likely to deform or change from the stress of playing over time.

German Kluge Keyboards

It is the German Kluge keyboards which guarantee the distinctive and memorable sound quality of every Wilh Steinberg piano. As the world’s most renowned and traditional piano key manufacturer, Kluge designs the perfect keyboard for every grand and upright piano. The black keys on each Wilh Steinberg piano are made from ebony that has a density of up to 1.3g /cm3 and is able to create a much smoother and comfortable feel.

German Renner Hammers

Wilh Steinberg pianos use solely German Renner Hammers due to their incredible resonance and ability to provide a superior sound quality and robustness you can feel when playing. By strict selection, each and every one of Wilh Steinberg pianos use solid spruce wood sourced from Alaska in the USA. These spruce logs then undergo a complicated process of drying and storage before being remodelled into the various intricate components. The finished soundboard is then subjected to a rigorous series of quality checks before ever being transformed into the final instrument.

Hammer Felt

Another notable feature of Wilh Steinberg pianos is the high-quality German hammer felt from Renner. Renner is known globally for selecting the best wool from only the happiest sheep to ensure it is the finest quality. To then ensure optimum tonal performance, every hammer is voiced by experienced German technicians at the Eisenberg factory.

Renner Action

Wilh Steinberg pianos each use actions also made by Renner which contain an average of 8,800 wood, metal and felt components. Renner is Germany’s sole action producer and is noted for their unparalleled craftsmanship and exceptional quality materials to produce only the very finest piano actions. Over the 125 years of Wilh Steinberg, the company has produced a staggering 3 million+ grand pianos and upright pianos using Renner’s actions.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Wilh Steinberg pianos we have to offer at Markson Piano’s feel free to contact us today or why not pop into our London piano showroom to try them out. Our London-based piano experts have been selling a full range of electronic, acoustic and grand pianos for over one hundred years, and we can help determine the right option for you

Markson Pianos Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

Update: Friday, March 27

There is no doubt we’re living through troubled times, and we’re all trying to keep up-to-speed with a fast-moving and extremely challenging set of circumstances relating to Coronavirus (Covid-19.)

Sadly, the troubled times have moved forwards, and we have had to make some fairly serious adjustments.

Our showroom will no longer be open to public until further notice, however, phone and email enquiries can still be made.

Having read the guidelines issued by the Government and PHE, and for the protection of our staff and their families, we have taken the decision to close our showroom for face to face discussions. We are, however, STILL OPEN for telephone orders.

If you Register an Interest for hiring a piano, for delivery once the restrictions are lifted, we will credit ONE MONTH HIRE FEE free of charge to your account.

The following departmental telephone numbers apply :
SALES & HIRE – 07801 649580

TUNING & TRANSPORT – 07588 883939

REPAIRS & RENOVATION – 07710 160161

EVENT HIRE (post June 2020 – subject to confirmation) – 07540 149442

Alternatively, you can email the team at Markson Pianos on info@marksonpianos.com


Good Health,
The Markson Pianos Team

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Five Facts about Grotrian Steinweg pianos

Read on to find out the top five facts about Grotrian Steinweg pianos.

Grotrian Steinweg, known as Grotrian in the US and other parts of the world, is a German piano manufacturer of prestige pianos, based in Braunschweig, Germany. Friedrich Grotrian found the company in 1835, it is still a family-owned business, currently in the fifth and sixth generations.  Later, Friedrich teamed up with C.F. Theodor Steinweg, son of Heinrich Steinweg, to build pianos together.

Early 20th Century

Towards the later years of the 1920s, Grotrian Steinweg was making around 3000 pianos annually with a workforce of 1000. However, when the Economic depression hit in the 1930s, the company suffered a great loss, reducing their workforce by over 80% as the demand for pianos dropped; in 1931 alone, the company made less than 500 pianos.

The Test of Time

During the second world war in the 1940s the Grotrian Steinweg factory in Germany was ordered to manufacture parts for aircrafts as part of the war effort. Unfortunately, the factory was completely destroyed in the infamous 1944 bombing of Braunschweig by the British RAF. However, by 1948 the family was able to rebuild the factory and re-establish its reputation for quality craftsmanship.

Notable Admirers

The post war enthusiasm and perseverance of Helmut and Erwin Grotrian, the sons of Kurt Grotrian did not go unnoticed in the music world. As production had resumed in the late 1940’s, infamous composer and pianist Wilhelm Kempff sent a letter of support to Grotrian Steinweg. Kempff, in Brazil at the time, wrote “It seems to me that the Grotrian grand piano has arisen from the ashes with new splendour as far as sonority and exquisite execution are concerned.”

21st Century Pianos

In 1974, the family, under the direction of Helmut’s son Knut built a new factory in North-West Braunschweig on Grotrian-Steinweg Street, where it remains today. It is one of the most modern piano manufacturing facilities in the world, famed for the combination of modern technology and the expertise that has developed across the 170 years of experience in the art of piano making.

Grotrian Generations

As of 2015, the company has been in the hands of the fifth and sixth generations of the Grotrian family and is set to remain within the family. It is a tradition that the Grotrian family believe guarantees that all of the Grotrian instruments will continue to endure into the future, as they have done so vehemently in the past. They believe that the company should belong to a very small and select group of piano makers who have worked hard to achieve greatness in piano making, transforming the noble ideals of sound and quality into reality throughout the ages.

Grotrian Steinweg pianos have without doubt stood the test of time and although as a company, they have faced hardship, they have rebuilt and renewed themselves across the centuries with their love of music. Grotrian Steinweg’s premium grand and upright luxury pianos are globally renowned and recognised for their rich sound and even richer craftsmanship.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Grotrian Steinweg pianos we have to offer at Markson Pianos, feel free to contact us today or why not pop into our London piano showroom to try them out.

Our London-based piano experts have been selling a full range of electronic, acoustic and grand pianos for over one hundred years, and we can help determine the right option for you.