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#1364096 02/02/10 03:36 PM
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Are there any uprights out there that have a Steinway type of sound? I know the Steinway sound is only found on Steinways. I think you know what I am talking about. Not Asian, European, Bright, Mellow. That type of tone that can only be described as the "Steinway Sound".

The Steinway upright piano is car money. It has to be something out there that is cheaper but has that type of tone. I heard the Prambergers might, but is that the Platinum Series only or the Signature Series too. Thanks. Any Steinway Clone uprights out there?


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Try a Yamaha U2 from the late 70s, early 80s.


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Originally Posted by stevepiano
Try a Yamaha U2 from the late 70s, early 80s.



Really. I heard one before, it did sound neutral. Good choice. Those were originally destined for European Market, right?


Quick response, thanks. Let's don't stop there though.



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Try a well-maintained, barely used Steinway upright from the 50s to 80s. (Although personally, I've never like the sound of the Steinway uprights. I've never found them to be "mellow," - just annoyingly "bright.")


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Mason & Hamlin model 50

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+1 on all of those
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The Baldwin 6000 is an awesome piano imo.. If you like a booming bass then this is the piano for you..


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You should look into some of the Steinway Designed pianos and see if any one of those have the "steinway Sound" I found the pianos designed by Steinway has the sound that I personally feel is the Steinway sound.


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Hard to compare the tone of a S&S K52 to a Boston or Essex, IMHO.


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Which is why the S&S costs more than double. But I do feel you can tell who Essex and Boston's daddy is...so to speak. IMHO.


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Originally Posted by Marty Flinn
Hard to compare the tone of a S&S K52 to a Boston or Essex, IMHO.


Yeah. But it also might be not that easy to consider K52 a Steinway sound. At least to my ears, Steinway uprights have very different sound profile than their grands, and it's not something I call a Steinway sound without hesitation. They are very fine pianos, but they are... simply different. Or maybe it's just me?


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Maybe U2 was "designed" for European market. I never had a problem with ones that were in good shape and I tweaked. Never got a complaint back from anyone who bought them from me either.


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