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Steinway Model OR vs O #2765084
09/12/18 09:29 PM
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Hello,

I am looking to purchase a Steinway Model M, L or O.

I found a private seller who said they have a 1923 Model OR for sale, with the player already removed, and says the piano plays like an O.

I don't know enough about OR vs O, and whether an OR that has had its player removed, is like an O. I would appreciate the experts in this forum to shed some light.

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Re: Steinway Model OR vs O [Re: 4evercurious] #2765089
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I think a 1923 OR is an extended L, not an O. If there is a tight curve in the back of the long side, it is an extended L. The longer keys tend to be overly flexible, giving them a mushy feeling. There can be problems accessing the action for service, depending on what was done when the player mechanism was removed.


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Re: Steinway Model OR vs O [Re: 4evercurious] #2765090
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Unless the OR is a steal, avoid it and stick with one of the traditional models. The OR is a 5'10" piano built into a 6'5" case. The touch is affected by the very long keys, and the pedal mechanics are a pain to deal with. You might as well keep an eye out for a model A since it will take up a little less space than an OR but have a longer scale design.


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Re: Steinway Model OR vs O [Re: 4evercurious] #2765091
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Not only are the keysticks longer in Duo-Art Steinway grands, but the playing surface is shorter. The fallboard is closer to the front of the piano than a regular Steinway.

I don't find the long keysticks a problem in playabilty, but I use very light hammers so the inertia is still low in the action. The keys don't flex that much, but if the felt punchings under the balance point of the key are too thick and soft, you will notice a loss of fortissimo energy. This is true of any long key like a concert grand. They are more sensitive to the springiness of the balance point.


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