Steingraeber D-232 Pianos from R. KASSMAN
The story of the pianoforte manufacturer Steingraeber & Söhne, begins in the 1820’s in Thuringia, Germany. The second generation, Eduard Steingraeber, moved the facility to Bayreuth (Bavaria) in 1852 where it remains today under the tutelage of Udo Steingraeber, the sixth generation. Steingraeber and Söhne has been the recipient of numerous international prizes, as much for its innovation and technical improvements to the piano, as for its strict adherence to impeccable quality–a Steingraeber hallmark. Since 1906 world-renowned designers have fashioned Steingraeber piano cabinets and continue to this day. Crafting fewer than 250 pianos are each year, Steingraeber & Söhne is truly the pinnacle of piano craftsmanship….EST. 1852
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Recognizing that all structural components produce sound, Steingraeber 232 uses only the most natural and resonating materials. The wood is never impregnated with chemicals, and only natural glues and paints are used in the case and acoustics area, including the iron frame,. The cabinetry consists only of solid wood – particleboard is never used in a Steingraeber instrument.
Steingraeber D-232 painstakingly selects the spruce used in its soundboards from valleys near Passau in eastern Bavaria. Each soundboard is tested and optimized individually and the dynamic range of Steingraeber is unmatched and will play with more thundering power and also with more delicate subtlety than any other instrument. Coupled with Steingraeber’s action, employing Renner parts designed by this manufacturer, the completed product is without peer. This is truly a connoisseurs piano.
Musicians choose R. KASSMAN above all San Francisco & Bay Area piano shops because of our exceptional selection of custom, new and used pianos and our knowledgeable, experienced customer service. Come into our Berkeley, California piano showroom to see, touch, and play our exquisite pianos for yourself.
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The Story of the Steingraeber 232
Very little has changed to date. Steingraeber it is still managed and operated by the it’s namesake. The family is now in its 6th generation of directing the business and they continue to win prizes for the world’s best grand and best upright pianos.
Manufacturing only 60 grand pianos by hand per year, in what is arguably the world’s most off-beat piano factory, Steingraeber uses the most natural materials. The wood is never treated with chemicals. All natural glues and paints are used. No particle board is ever used in the Steingraeber D-232.
A unique chain of energy preservers are used including 100% real wood connections, with steel pins, drilled capo d’astro bar, cast hardening , hardened bridge pins, and no elastic glues. This allows the tone to sing for a lifetime.
Steingraeber D-232 painstakingly selects the spruce used in its soundboards from valleys near Passau in eastern Bavaria. The trees chosen must grow at a minimum of 900 – 1000 meters above sea level, have a minimum diameter of 45 cm and a minimum age of 200 years. (One valley’s trees were destroyed by a storm in 1830, and so the new ones are still not acceptable.)
Once the soundboard has been crafted to shape, the thickness has to be adjusted, which varies from 4.5 mm to 9mm. Each soundboard is tested and optimized individually by sprinkling sand over it and then energizing the board to see sand’s response. Wood is then scraped away until the sculpted area vibrates in such a way that sand bounces up and down evenly. The board is then connected to the rim where nothing short of perfection will do. Every hundredth of a millimeter off is a chance for the strings to press the soundboard in the wrong direction. No gap at all is allowed.
This piano’s playing mechanism is ultimately responsive, feeling substantial without being heavy or sluggish. The down-weight and up-weight are precisely controlled and the keys stay with your fingers to allow you to play to the fullest of your capabilities. There is a uniformity to the touch, and a swiftness to the repetition that is unequaled.
This combination of uncompromising materials, brilliant design and perfect workmanship creates dynamic and color range unmatched in any other new piano. This piano prepared by R. Kassman allows the pianist easy access to both dramatic power and delicate subtlety. This manufacturer has succeeded in the most difficult of piano manufacturing challenges in creating instruments that are true extensions of the human body.
Steingraebers are available in a variety of stunning finishes, from basic black to the most exotic natural woods. The manufaturer will also customize a finish to match whatever you can imagine.
Please contact the R. Kassman showroom to learn more about these instruments, or better yet, to make an appointment to experience this Steingraeber 232 in person.