Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.7 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
(ad)
Best of Piano Buyer
 Best of Piano Buyer
(ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Find a Professional
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Advertise on Piano World

Who's Online Now
37 registered members (AB99, Blague, Akaitsuki, 3am_stargazing, Chernobieff Piano, ando, Burkie, 11 invisible), 1,927 guests, and 1,040 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords & Scales
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Hop To
NPR story on Steinway #2199058 12/17/13 10:51 AM
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 237
duncantwo Offline OP
Full Member
OP Offline
Full Member
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 237
Hey everyone!

It's been several years since I've posted here. But when I heard this today, I thought I should share it with you guys.

I work for the NPR affiliate in Charlotte now, and the network did this story on the Steinway factory, pegged to the "new" owner of the company.

I have a feeling it may spark some lively discussion.

Cheers!

http://www.npr.org/2013/12/17/251833655/new-owner-promises-hand-made-steinways-for-years-to-come

(DISCLAIMER: I was not involved with producing this story)


Bösendorfer 214(CS)-495 48311
Yamaha CLP-240
Piano & Music Gifts & Accessories (570)
Piano accessories and music gift items, digital piano dolly, music theme party goods
Re: NPR story on Steinway [Re: duncantwo] #2199075 12/17/13 11:33 AM
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,228
musdan Offline
1000 Post Club Member
Offline
1000 Post Club Member
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,228
Interesting, but I hope NPR will interview the new owner.

Re: NPR story on Steinway [Re: duncantwo] #2199082 12/17/13 11:49 AM
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 7,439
Minnesota Marty Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014
7000 Post Club Member
Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014
7000 Post Club Member
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 7,439
I agree, it's time for a fresh Paulson interview.


Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.
Re: NPR story on Steinway [Re: duncantwo] #2199086 12/17/13 11:52 AM
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 332
P
pianolive Offline
Full Member
Offline
Full Member
P
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 332
NPR could not even get the name right, Steinway & songs... smirk

Re: NPR story on Steinway [Re: duncantwo] #2199330 12/17/13 06:22 PM
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 1,940
E
Ed Foote Offline
1000 Post Club Member
Offline
1000 Post Club Member
E
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 1,940
Originally Posted by duncantwo
Hey everyone!

It's been several years since I've posted here. But when I heard this today, I thought I should share it with you guys.
I work for the NPR affiliate in Charlotte now, and the network did this story on the Steinway factory, pegged to the "new" owner of the company.
I have a feeling it may spark some lively discussion.

http://www.npr.org/2013/12/17/251833655/new-owner-promises-hand-made-steinways-for-years-to-come
(DISCLAIMER: I was not involved with producing this story)


Greetings,
So, Wally Boot is the last person to see these pianos before they leave the factory? I wonder why he doesn't say anything about untunable strings in all these new pianos? I see them, constantly, with ruined wire in the treble creating false beating. I don't see this on many other top tier pianos, so, why in such an expensive one?
Regards,

Re: NPR story on Steinway [Re: duncantwo] #2199346 12/17/13 06:58 PM
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 4,028
PhilipInChina Offline
4000 Post Club Member
Offline
4000 Post Club Member
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 4,028
I thought it was worth hearing. Just the sort of jingoistic stuff I expect from NPR.


Currently working towards "Twinkle twinkle little star"
Re: NPR story on Steinway [Re: duncantwo] #2199381 12/17/13 08:24 PM
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 141
R
Reno Offline
Full Member
Offline
Full Member
R
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 141
The article says:
"Twice during this process, pianos are taken to a pounding room where a machine bangs on all 88 keys at once.Mark Dylan, a 33-year veteran and head of the tone regulation department, says this is how a new piano gets "played in." "The sound and tone of the piano will open up and get richer," Dylan says. "That allows us to get away from a hardening process, where we'll put lacquer to harden the felts. This is more of a natural process, by trying to do it this way."

I am not sure if this is correct. According to the head technician of the Steinway dealer in my city, the hammers on a new Steinway piano need to be juiced in order to bring them up their potential.

Re: NPR story on Steinway [Re: Reno] #2199428 12/17/13 10:10 PM
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 1,940
E
Ed Foote Offline
1000 Post Club Member
Offline
1000 Post Club Member
E
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 1,940
Originally Posted by onlysteinway
The article says:
"Twice during this process, pianos are taken to a pounding room where a machine bangs on all 88 keys at once.Mark Dylan, a 33-year veteran and head of the tone regulation department, says this is how a new piano gets "played in." "The sound and tone of the piano will open up and get richer," Dylan says. "That allows us to get away from a hardening process, where we'll put lacquer to harden the felts. This is more of a natural process, by trying to do it this way."

I am not sure if this is correct. According to the head technician of the Steinway dealer in my city, the hammers on a new Steinway piano need to be juiced in order to bring them up their potential.


I believe that all Steinway hammers need to be hardened. I have never had an unjuiced set, (it used to be that all the new hammers were untreated) that would develop any sort of tone. The new hammer sets come already soaked with a thin solution, unless the technician requests totally raw hammers. The playing in may reduce the amount of lacquer needed.

Last edited by Ed Foote; 12/17/13 10:13 PM.
Re: NPR story on Steinway [Re: Minnesota Marty] #2199430 12/17/13 10:11 PM
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 996
P
phacke Offline

Gold Supporter until November 11 2014
500 Post Club Member
Offline

Gold Supporter until November 11 2014
500 Post Club Member
P
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 996
Originally Posted by Minnesota Marty
I agree, it's time for a fresh Paulson interview.

Here is a recent CEO M. Sweeney interview, as a surrogate.
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/paul...-ceo-sweeney-S~qiAiV4Q~25NpDhGY8T0g.html

There is some info about the thinking for China sales, and watduyanknow, they are asking about the hammer wool. Once again, the news media is getting their hot topics/talking points from Piano World.
Best wishes-


phacke

Steinway YM (1933)
...Working on:
J. S. Bach, Toccata (G minor) BWV 915
(and trying not to forget the other stuff I know)
Re: NPR story on Steinway [Re: duncantwo] #2199435 12/17/13 10:24 PM
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 7,439
Minnesota Marty Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014
7000 Post Club Member
Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014
7000 Post Club Member
Joined: May 2012
Posts: 7,439
The Bloomberg interview was much more interesting than the NPR puff piece.

No need to get the info from the "Top Dog" when you can get it direct from the horse's mouth!


Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.

Moderated by  Ken Knapp, Piano World 

Shop our Store for Music Lovers!
(ad)
Pianoteq
PianoTeq Bechstein
(ad)
Faust Harrison Pianos
Faust Harrison 100+ Steinway pianos
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Arturia Keylab 88, any opinions??
by Pianero - 01/28/20 11:00 PM
What is the piece...
by pianoloverus - 01/28/20 05:53 PM
Satin black vs polyester?
by dogperson - 01/28/20 05:37 PM
Forum Statistics
Forums41
Topics196,586
Posts2,918,571
Members95,768
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
Please Support Our Advertisers


Faust Harrison 100+ Steinways

Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver

 Best of Piano Buyer

PianoTeq Bechstein
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers


 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter |


copyright 1997 - 2019 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3