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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/333687.Piano Steinway: the making of a Concert Grand by James Barron[b][/b]

This is a great book to read about the making of one Steinway Grand from its serial number start in a factory to the finish product out the warehouse door and beyond. A unique read that you'll thoroughly enjoy.

I tuned a piano for a friend one time and he gave me this book to read and I thought of it just now (how does that happen....its been years). Anyhow, I just looked it up and thought I'd share it.


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I read it recently and very much enjoyed it.

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Yes, indeed!
Thanks to Duaner, I have now bought it and read it.

Some books contain information, and some books are a pleasure to read. Piano by James Barron is both!

As I read, I can practically see the slightly mischievous glint in Barron's eyes as he writes.

And he covers much more than the technical aspect of building a piano. He also covers the history of the company and even the fascinating -- sometimes cheerfully eccentric -- personalities of the many people involved.

Amusing anecdotes? Piano has them, oh yes.
Bribing the judges, anyone? Apparently, there were some rough-and-tumble times in the company's distant history, and the Steinway family had no choice but to follow the then-prevailing norms of business.

As for those technical details – no worries, they are explained in layman's terms. I did spot a couple of minor errors, but there are other books for the professional level of information.
This is a great read for anyone who enjoys a well-crafted tale.


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