Last Thursday, I purchased Mr Russsell Kassman's, Steingraeber 130. As many know, & for those who don't, Mr Kassman is the former founder & owner of R. KASSMAN Piano, in San Francisco. He's recently retired & an active member on PW, under the username 'master88er'
Mr Kassman originally handpicked this piano in 2017 for His store, from the Steingraeber factory in Bayreuth Germany. Shorty after, He decided to retire, and chose to take it with Him, as His personal piano. Below is an explanation by Russell, from another thread, "When I sold the shop, I also decided to move back to Chicago to be closer to family (health reasons). I decided to custom order a Steingraeber B-192 made to my personal specs (cabinetry) which I knew would take about a year. SO, I had to pick something to have during the first Chicago winter in a condo..... and although all the uprights in my shop have wonderful qualities, the Steingraeber uprights just simply surpass everything else. At the time (last August) we had two 130's in stock and only one 138. So, I chose a 130 because I wanted to be sure Ric (the new owner) had a 138 in stock because they take a long time to replace."
So, although it's a used piano, it's a very recent production year. And from what I've read, finding used Steingraeber uprights, particularly recently new, is very rare. As well, Udo Steingraeber has agreed to issue Me a new piano warranty, with the piano. Also, knowing the previous owner is Mr Kassman, I feel extremely confident the piano is an excellent instrument which has been meticulously maintained & cared for. Finally, it's a specific piano some of You may have seen in person or on YouTube. It's such an exceptional example, Mr Kassman promised to let Udo Steingraeber use this 130, at the 2020 NAMM show, to represent the Steingraeber Uprights.
Below's a YouTube video of this piano at the NAMM 2020Steingraeber 130 at NAMM 2020
It's kind of difficult to see the piano well in the video. To quote Mr. Kassman "This piano is a polished ebony Steingraeber 130, with full Sostenuto, Laranim keytops, genuine ebony sharps, and specially designed tone panels on top and bottom. About three years ago, Steingraeber came out with this cabinet design, which gives the 130, and those who play it, an extraordinary amount of sound, tone and resonance."
The piano is equipped the with Classic Action, not the SFM Action. I asked Mr. Kassman about the different actions, & In His opinion, He felt the SFM Action was better on the 138,... & the Classic Action was better on the 130. He went into some detail with Me as to why, but I'm going to pass on trying to relay those details, as I won't do His reasoning justice.
Below are some pictures, taken by Mr Kassman, of the Piano:
Mr Kassman is helping Me setup the shipping from Chicago to Seattle. He's recommended using Walter Piano Transport, & I'm hoping We'll have an idea this week, as to when it will arrive.
With all the above in mind - I felt confident in purchasing this used piano, even without playing it. I understand why that's typically not advisable, but given this piano's provenance & history, the Covid crisis & My strong desire not to travel - I'm okay making this exception.
I'd like to thank Mr Kassman for being wonderful to work with, as well as Ric Overton, who's the current owner of R. Kassman Pianos, in San Francisco. Ric has located a highly respected & qualified Technician, in My area, that can service the piano as needed. Ric will also handle any potential warranty issues, should the need arise. Finally, Thanks to all the wonderful members here, who provide such Great content. I spent a lot of time searching & reading old threads about the Steingraber uprights, the 130 specifically, as well as the many threads that have covered the topic of Tier 1 Uprights. PW has been an phenomenal resource, particularly during the Covid crisis.
When the piano arrive - I'll post pics of It,... in It's new Home!