Beautiful playing. Is that Steinway rebuilt?
The piano has quite a story Wzkit1. It is a Centennial Steinway that was built in 1876. The Centennial model consists of 424 pianos that were completed beginning in 1875 and ending a few years after the United States Centennial. The model was designed to be shown at The Centennial Exhibition that took place here in Philadelphia and it competed against other manufacturers for a medal, which it won.
These pianos incorporated ideas borrowed from other manufacturers along with ideas from Theodore Steinway and his engineers themselves. They introduced ideas like bent rims, a return bridge, front duplexes, an 88 note keyboard, the modern cupola plate, among other things. I have been lucky enough to see over a dozen of this model over my career (I know techs who have seen many more than that) and there are differences that can be seen almost from piano to piano. It must have been an exciting time to be involved with pianos.
Anyway, yes the piano was completely rebuilt in our facility. As you might already know, Jason Andino, the manager of our production. is a second generation "bellyman" who put 14 years in at the New York Steinway factory before joining us- and whose father put over 20 years there as a bellyman as well. This instrument was a challenge from every angle, because everything is a bit different than a 20th C. piano. There are many places where a builder can make a mistake, assuming you want to be as faithful as possible to the original touch and tone, which we did.
The beautiful part of this instrument is that, even though it is a concert grand piano, it is 8'9", not 9', and the large halls of the 20th C had not yet been built, so the goal was not as much for a huge size of tone, but for colors. That is evident in this piano. There are so many pastel shades between ppp and p that I do not normally hear in new pianos of this brand.
Anyway, thank you for asking. For those within striking distance who would like to check out this piano, it is located in our Cherry Hill location in a separate space from the rest of our stock. We welcome anyone who would like to try a bit of piano history to call me and stop by. From my perspective, this piano makes me feel like I have one foot in the 19th C and one foot in the 20th C when I play it.