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I saw a Steinway this week that had printed on the fallboard:

"Steinway & Sons
Patent Piano
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London Hamburg"

The piano appeared to be from ~1890, it had rounded 'arms' and pillar legs, and was a beautiful piano.

My question is, did Steinway used to have a factory in London, or did they just list the name there for sales purposes?


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They had a showroom in London, but no manufacturing facilities.


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Yup - those were just the headquarters at the time. Hamburg and NY have always been the only factories. I remember a piano tuner I know misinterpreted the 'New York London Hamburg' insignia as well, and even claimed to have worked on a few London Steinways...... I just let him talk.

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Indeed, the London built Steinways are very rare. One must look under the bonnet, using a torch, to notice the differences in the mallets and wires.

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Originally Posted by Minnesota Marty
One must look under the bonnet, using a torch

And after that one must take the lift to use the loo smirk


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Another question, when did Steinway start building pianos in Hamburg?


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There was a guy on here a while back that swore Steinway and Sons was a German company, and started out there (not the Steinweig Family, but the actual company), coming to the U.S. later and starting production here some time after. I didn't say anything because you all did a fine job setting him straight!


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He was probably getting confused as it was a German immigrant in America who started it. We have a lot to thank America for in the development of the piano!


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