Steinway model B Grand Piano

Steinway model B Grand Piano

Steinway & Sons Semi-concert Grand Piano.

The perfect piano design?

  Behold the splendor of this 19-th century museum piece handmade by the Steinway & Sons family who had a role in every step of the process! It is covered in premium South American Rosewood probably harvested in Brazil. Later on these piano finishes became part of their Crown Jewell Collection of luxury pianos. The standard Steinway & Sons piano is ebonized in black – either satin or polished. It was designed with an 85-key seven-octave compass, starting and ending on A-natural, not 88 keys like today. During this time, they were transitioning from the 7 to 7-1/3 octave keyboard compass. The two longer models in the line, C (7”-5”) and D (8’-10”) had already moved to the new keyboard making this one of the last 85-key pianos Steinway built.

The Instrument of the Immortals“.

Steinway model B Grand Piano 3 Treble Lid at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Full lid-prop position for maximum tonal output.

The best of both worlds – a common question is whether it is preferable to buy a new Steinway & Sons piano or a preowned one. Or, is a fully rebuilt instrument better than a new one? This 1879 Steinway model B grand piano was built during Steinway’s “Golden era” and is one of the finest musical instruments ever crafted in human history. It was originally built by the 2nd-generation Steinway family in their New York City factory. This was solidly in the Victorian Era in England that was known for its beautiful architecture, advancement of engineering and technology, and exotic furniture and fashion design. Some of these design elements made it “across the pond” and into American manufacturers who were building upscale and interesting pianos.

Steinway model B Grand Piano 3 Chair at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Impeccable condition – inside and out.

The piano was completely restored recently, including receiving a new soundboard which is beyond the normal scope of a restoration. A sizable number of musicians and piano technicians believe a fully rebuilt “vintage” Steinway sounds better than a new one. Also, owning a historical piece of Americana can certainly be romantic and alluring. It isn’t a secret that preowned Steinway & Sons pianos that have been professionally restored are the biggest competition to the sale of exorbitantly priced brand new models.

The early history of Steinway & Sons is fascinating, and is intimately connected to the history of New York City.

Steinway model B Grand Piano 3 Scale at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

This harp is a wet-sand casting from their own foundry.

Steinway model B grand piano, 6’-10 1/2” length, S# 41352, Mfg. 1879, Brazilian Rosewood finish.

88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – only $75,000.

Current Steinway & Sons 2024 MSRP in Santos Rosewood – $192,500.

Other recent Steinway & Sons model B MSRP’s

Steinway & Sons 2018 MSRP – $147,100.

Steinway & Sons 2017 MSRP – $137,800.

Steinway & Sons 2012 MSRP – $119,300.

Steinway & Sons 2009 MSRP – $105,900.

Steinway & Sons model B Grand Piano factory page

This model B features the classic “Steinway sound”, having a strong, singing treble, a resonant tenor mid-range and a powerful bass, rich in high harmonics. With richness, depth and power, it radiates plenty of tonal color. It is due to their combination of harmonics that distinguishes Steinways from other makers. The duration of tone (sustain time) is lengthy, which enables legato phrases to be performed musically. The dynamic range is wide, allowing the pianist to play expressively and emotively. It is neither overly mellow and dull or overly bright and tinny. The mid-treble, where most of the melody lines are played “sings” and doesn’t disappear under the background of an accompaniment. It has the power that most pianos aspire to but not the brash “loudness” that often results.

Steinway model B Grand Piano 3 Side Lid at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Exotic woods from South America were a Steinway & Sons specialty. This is believed to be Brazilian Rosewood.

Royal warrants of appointment have been issued for centuries to tradespeople who supply goods or services to a royal court or certain royal personages. The royal warrant enables the supplier to advertise the fact that they supply to the issuer of the royal warrant; thus lending prestige to the supplier. In 1890, Steinway received their first Royal Warrant. It was from Queen Victoria of England and later by the Prince of Wales. In subsequent years Steinway was granted royal and imperial warrants from the rulers of Italy, Norway, Persia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey.

Steinway model B Grand Piano 3 Soundboard at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The Steinway & Sons infamous WW-1 soundboard decal

Manufacturers by Appointment to:

His Majesty William II – German Emperor & King of Prussia

His Majesty Edward VII – King of Great Britain & Emperor of India

His Majesty Nicholas II – Czar of Russia

His Majesty Umberto I – King of Italy

His Majesty Alfonzo XIII – King of Spain

His Majesty Albert – King of Saxony

His Majesty Franz Joseph I – Emperor of Austria & King of Hungary

Her Majesty Maud – Queen of Norway

His Majesty Oscar II – King of Sweden

His Majesty Abdul Hamid II – Sultan of Turkey

And other Distinguished Royalties.

Steinway model B Grand Piano 3 Soundboard Decal at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse
Steinway model B Grand Piano 3 Strings at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Out of deference to those governments that no longer existed after the war, Steinway quietly discontinued the use of this soundboard decal and haven’t displayed one since.

The Steinway & Sons grand piano action, with its 12,116 individual parts is the vanguard of piano actions. Steinway held most of the patents issued to piano manufacturers for action improvements including the exclusive “Accelerated Action”, which increases the speed of repetition. The patented Tubular Metallic action frame maintains proper alignment of the thousands of action parts. A grand piano-action regulation requires 24 separate adjustments per key. Our talented 88 Keys piano-technicians who work in our restoration shop have been busy and the piano-action has been well-regulated and ready now for a concert performance.

Steinway model B Grand Piano 3 Decal at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg never spoke English in his factory.

Steinway & Sons is the piano that every other is judged by. They are handcrafted and took a full year to build. The Steinway company has held nearly all of the important patents in the industry and until the sale of the company in 1972, the family participated in all of the significant operations of the factory. Steinway is nearly exclusively responsible for improving and modernizing piano manufacturing throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. In the world of musical instruments, there are pianos – and then there are Steinway & Sons. They enjoy a reputation second to none. Historically, the Steinway model B grand piano is the favorite model of serious classical pianists, recording or teaching studios and small recital halls.

Steinway model B Grand Piano 3 Tenor at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

This impressive instrument was built entirely with hand tools. There wasn’t electricity in the factory in 1879.

Steinway model B Grand Piano 3 Fallboard at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The fallboard protects the precious keys, and the lid protects the internal workings when not in use.

Steinway model B Grand Piano 3 Keyboard at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

This Brazilian Rosewood tree sprout predates the birth of Wolfgang Mozart, potentially.

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin

Ideal budget or starter piano.

Baldwin’s Acrosonic – the most popular piano model in history.

  This is the quintessential “good used piano” and it would be an excellent choice for the beginning piano student or casual player. It was built in 1952 though in piano years it is much younger, having been played sparingly. There is minimal wear for its age on the hammers and damper felts plus the other moving action parts. All of the tuning pins are tight so it will hold its tune. Loose tuning pins are a common problem in our dry and arid climate, and they are costly and aggravating. It spent two weeks in our restoration shop and received the normal tuning and pitch-raises, minor action regulations and thorough cleaning of the interior. There is a music desk with a long sheet music lip so heavy books or long music charts can be accommodated. We are happy to offer a two-year warranty. It qualifies for a full trade-in too, for when you decide to move up to a better piano. The original, matching bench with music storage is included. Local, first-story professional delivery is available at a discounted rate.

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin 3 Bass at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Rich, warm mahogany finish.

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin 3 Legs at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Shapely fluted legs and matching original bench.

Baldwins have long been favorites of piano teachers and have a well-earned reputation for being sturdy, well-built, maintenance-free instruments and the Acrosonic spinet from the Baldwin Piano Company is by far, the best of its kind. Many people like the low-profile appearance of the spinet, but other manufacturers offer poorly built models only to achieve a low price point. Baldwin defines the American sound. Its famous scale design makes for a clear, pretty tenor and treble with a nice sustain. The bass section is surprisingly gutsy and resonant for the piano’s 36-inch height. Of note, the string length and soundboard area is equal to or exceeds many 40-inch models of other brands. To accomplish this, the casters are recessed into the piano’s bottom so the interior extends nearly all the way to the floor where the strings and soundboard terminate. One can’t even get a toe under this model due to its ½-inch floor clearance.

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin 3 Rack at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Graceful music rack for your books or sheet music.

Acrosonic Spinet Piano, 36-inches, S# 498145, Mfg. 1952, Mahogany finish

88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – only $1450.

The touch is expressive and has a nice feel, unlike nearly every other spinet ever built. Historically, most spinet piano-actions have used substandard plastic parts that eventually break and need replacing – all 88 of them! Baldwin has always built their Acrosonic piano-actions with traditional hardwood components like maple or hornbeam, and well-engineered designs. This instrument was built for the home and the family. Many are passed down from generation to generation.

My grandmother had a Baldwin piano, so did my Mom and I’m going to have one too!

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin 3 Fallboard at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Fallboard to protect the keyboard.

The unique design of its spinet piano made the Baldwin and Acrosonic range of models the most popular in American piano building history. Akros, a Greek word meaning “extreme, summit or topmost” became Acro, also meaning “Expanded”, in a way. The Acropolis is a citadel at the summit or highest point of Athens, Greece. Sonic derives from Sonus in Greek and denotes “Sound”. Therefore, the model’s name Acrosonic refers to the “Expanded sound” of this smaller piano. The name was patented and is registered in the US Patent Office.

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin 3 Decal at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Akros is Expanded. Sonic is Sound.

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin 3 Plate at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Best-selling piano in American piano building history.

Acrosonic Spinet Piano by Baldwin 3 Strings at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Very little wear in the piano-action or hammer felts.

Yamaha model G2 Grand Piano

Yamaha model G2 Grand Piano

Yamaha Classic Collection 5’-7” Living Room Grand Piano.

  The mid-size G2 provides sufficient power for louder play without overwhelming the surroundings and any loss of clarity. This Yamaha model G2 grand piano was purchased here in Albuquerque in 1975 at the authorized Yamaha dealership, Paul Muench Studios on south San Mateo Blvd. SE. As a result, it is happily acclimated and well-adjusted to our unique climate and the piano has had a very stable, serene and peaceful life here in Albuquerque. Pianos that have been moved a lot have more tumultuous lives and it usually shows in their internal anatomy. There is very little wear in the piano’s action and it’s obvious this low mileage piano wasn’t played very much. It is in excellent condition – structurally and aesthetically and the instrument should provide decades of musical pleasure and enjoyment. We will be happy to offer a two-year warranty. The original matching duet bench with music storage is included and so is local first-floor delivery.

Yamaha model G2 Grand Piano 3 Full Lid at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Full lid prop position for maximum tone escapement.

Yamaha model G2 Grand Piano 3 Side at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The 5′-7″ length performs better than a baby grand piano.

This instrument has the classic Yamaha tone-quality that the company has made their well-earned reputation on. It has a wide dynamic range and will play very quietly (pianissimo) through very loudly (fortissimo). The harmonic content (timbre) isn’t too bright nor is it too mellow and it is fairly uniform from section to section. Some Yamaha models are thought to be too bright or harmonic rich, but this one has more of an American tone-quality, meaning left of center mellow with a strong bass response and a singing treble. Worn hammers are often the culprit with bright Yamaha’s. That certainly isn’t the case here. The duration of tone (sustain) is substantial which lends itself to classical music and standards. The attack isn’t percussive but more of a rounded one that once again, is more of an American quality. The touch is classic Yamaha, as well, very responsive, balanced and even, that will permit the pianist to play emotively and express themselves in their music. The middle pedal is a true Sostenuto for the more advanced and knowledgeable pianist. It is a wonderful instrument to sit down, relax and enjoy.

Yamaha model G2 Grand Piano 3 Decal at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

In 1899, a watchmaker named Torakusu Yamaha visited Steinway & Sons in New York to learn to build pianos. Export of pianos to the United States began around 1960.

Yamaha model G2 Grand Piano, 5’-7” length, S# 2003643, Mfg. 1975, Walnut satin finish.

88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – only $9950.

Yamaha pianos are well-known for their excellent engineering and design plus rigid quality controls in manufacturing. The G-series models (G1, G2 and G3) were built in the main factory in Hamamatsu, Japan where their more desirable models are built. Based on sales, this line of pianos is arguably among the most popular in the long history of grand piano building worldwide. The Yamaha piano-action is universally praised by musicians and technicians alike. Artists endorsements are numerous with Elton John coming to mind. Many colleges and universities have become “All-Yamaha Schoolsas an attraction to potential students desiring quality pianos to practice and perform on during their studies.

Yamaha model G2 Grand Piano 3 Strings at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Excellent condition – inside and out.

In Institutional settings, Yamaha pianos are well-known for being reliable low maintenance instruments requiring fewer tunings, repairs and regulation. This appeals to music department budgets. Current new Yamaha models have become very expensive for a variety of reasons including rising labor rates, costs of materials and unfavorable currency exchange rates so that makes this piano an excellent value comparatively, with other Japanese-built Yamaha pianos.

Yamaha model G2 Grand Piano 3 Pedals at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

A closed lid is a handsome way to display the piano.

Story and Clark Deluxe 3 Studio Upright Piano

Story and Clark Deluxe 3 Studio Upright Piano

Harmonic convergence with beauty and functionality.

  This designer piece is a beauty to behold with its graceful, beveled lines, Sheraton tapered legs with ornate brass ferrules and delicate toe-bars, shapely music-rack and ribbon mahogany polished finish. The cabinetry is built from striking red mahogany wood veneers and preserved with a polished finish, and free of any particle board. All of the hardware is solid brass. The music-desk is sturdy in order to accommodate a heavy book and long enough for a multiple page musical score. The covering for the keyboard is a smoothly-sliding fallboard that won’t scratch the sides or warp, and get stuck inside. The middle pedal is a practice function with a muffler to mute the hammers. Even the original matching bench with its matching legs is lovely to the eyes. The cabinet is in excellent condition and the piano was obviously adored and cared for.

Story and Clark Deluxe 3 Studio Upright Piano Bass at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Polished ribbon mahogany finish.

Story and Clark Deluxe 3 Studio Upright Piano Lid at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Open with lid prop for tone escapement.

It has been a long time resident here in Albuquerque, so it is happily acclimated and well-adjusted to our unique climate. The overall condition is excellent; structurally and aesthetically. It wasn’t played very much but was intended to be the lovely focal point of the formal living room. We provided a thorough action regulation, cleaning and multiple tunings for stability in our restoration shop.  The tuning pins are tight, so it holds tune well.  Given Story & Clark’s well-earned reputation for maintenance-free durability, this piano should provide many more years of enjoyment and musical fulfillment. We’re happy to warrant the instrument for two years. Complimentary local, first-floor professional delivery is included.

Story and Clark Deluxe 3 Studio Upright Piano Leg at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

 Sheraton tapered legs with ornate brass ferrules and delicate toe-bars.

Story and Clark Deluxe 3 Studio Upright Piano, S# 1526523, 47-inches height, Mfg. 2008©, Polished Ribbon Mahogany finish.

88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – Only $3950.

Hampton Story began his retail piano business in 1857 and was joined by Melville Clark in 1884. They actually had a thriving reed organ manufacturing business in Chicago, Ill. before they built pianos. Eventually, there were also factories in London, England and Berlin, Germany. When they began building pianos, the factory was located in Grand Haven, Michigan which was called “Furniture Country” at the time due to its numerous furniture factories. Logging and lumber mills thrived there due to the vast forests of diverse timber in the area which included the northern US and Canada. Hardwoods and softwoods were plentiful. A piano is constructed with various different species of woods, depending on the need whether it be strength, flexibility, density, beauty, uniformity of grain, etc.

Story and Clark Deluxe 3 Studio Upright Piano Decal at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Hampton L Story – Est. 1857

After leaving the piano industry, Mr. Story went on to help develop Coronado Island across the bay from San Diego and build the luxurious Hotel del Coronado in what became Coronado, California. The “Hotel del” is an architectural gem and the second largest wooden structure in the US. The Crown room is perfectly round and built without any metal fasteners like nails, screws or bolts, but only wooden dowels, joints and pegs. Mr. Clark, ironically went on to found the QRS company (Quality Roll Systems – think player-piano rolls) in 1900 and they designed old-fashioned pneumatic (air pressure with a bellows) player-pianos and eventually, new electronic disk-player systems that became popular in the 1990’s. Those systems are actually wireless today and play wirelessly through networks with no need for disk drives. You can control them with your phone or tablet. To complete the circle, QRS acquired the Story & Clark Piano Co. in 1993 in order to offer these player-systems in their own piano brand.

Story and Clark Spinet Piano at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom

World renowned Hotel del Coronado.

Story and Clark Deluxe 3 Studio Upright Piano Pedals at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Soft, Practice muffler and Damper pedals.

Story and Clark Deluxe 3 Studio Upright Piano Bench at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Beautifully designed piano bench.

Story and Clark Deluxe 3 Studio Upright Piano Fallboard at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Fallboard closed to protect the keyboard.

Story and Clark Deluxe 3 Studio Upright Piano Quality at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Excellent condition – structurally and aesthetically.

Yamaha model M500S Elevated Console Piano

Yamaha model M500S Elevated Console Piano

Yamaha’s extended height 44-inch Console Piano.

  It’s additional four-inches in height give it a string-length advantage over the standard 40-inch height of most Console pianos, so this is called an elevated Console. A Studio Upright piano starts at 45” tall – a mere one-inch taller than this model. The taller cabinet allows lengthier strings that deliver more power and continue to vibrate for a longer period of time that improves the “duration of tone” or sustain time. A taller piano also permits a more expansive soundboard in square inches producing a stronger overall tone-quality and especially, a more robust bass response. The piano-action inside benefits from a larger cabinet too, because it permits longer key-sticks, levers and larger individual parts for a more responsive feel that is also easier to regulate properly. As to vertical pianos – The taller, the better!

The Yamaha Gallery Collection

Eight Period furniture styles to select from

Yamaha model M500S Elevated Console Piano Side at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Traditional Sheraton style in satin mahogany wood.

This model was designed for the United States market in a traditional American furniture style, whereas most Yamaha pianos are in a square, simple, unadorned polished black style. The cabinet veneers are in red mahogany with a satin lacquer finish in a light, delicate Sheraton style with round, fluted legs and brass ferrules at the floor. The mahogany wood grain on the lid and sides has an interesting pattern. The music rack is ornate with a free-form design and the ornate hardware and pedals are solid polished brass. The functional music desk is sturdy for larger books with a sheet music lip for long musical scores. The middle pedal has the mute rail function for nearly silent practice. The original bench with matching fluted legs is included. The Yamaha model M500S elevated console piano was built at the modern Yamaha factory in Thomaston, Georgia so it is “Made in the USA!”

Yamaha model M500S Elevated Console Piano Music Rack at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Stylish music rack and music desk is sturdy with a sheet music lip.

Yamaha model M500S elevated console piano, S# T300608, Mfg. 2004, Mahogany satin finish, Sheraton furniture style.

88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – only $3950.

This instrument is a one-owner and has been a long-time resident here in Albuquerque, so it is happily acclimated to our unique climate. Though the piano was built in 2004 it has a modest amount of wear (low mileage). The overall condition is excellent; structurally and aesthetically. We provided a thorough action regulation, cleaning and multiple tunings for pitch stability in our restoration shop. The tuning pins are tight so it holds tune well and the all-important soundboard and bridges are perfect. Given Yamaha’s well-earned reputation for maintenance-free durability, this piano should provide decades of enjoyment and musical fulfillment. We’re happy to warrant the instrument for two years. Complimentary local, first-floor professional delivery is included.

Yamaha model M500S Elevated Console Piano Plate at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The Yamaha logo is actually three musical tuning forks intertwined – even on a snow mobile!

Designed for the experienced pianist and professional musician, the Yamaha vertical piano is among the most popular and respected world-wide. They feature outstanding tone, touch and durability, and they are a perennial favorite among discerning pianists. They offer excellent musical performance, setting the standards by which many other pianos are measured. Refined Yamaha scale-designs and components improve the tonal performance, while other modifications enhance strength and longevity. The Yamaha vertical piano is a popular selection for institutions like schools of music, houses of worship, recording studios and the stage.

Yamaha model M500S Elevated Console Piano Lid Decal at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Built in the US with American and imported parts.

Yamaha model M500S Elevated Console Piano Decal at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Yamaha’s patented Ivorite Natural keys.

Yamaha model M500S Elevated Console Piano Fallboard at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Two-piece Boston style fallboard to protect the keyboard.

Yamaha model M500S Elevated Console Piano Muffler at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Regulated for its next performance or practice session with the mute rail muffler.

Yamaha model M500S Elevated Console Piano Model at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

The letter S in the model number represents the Sheraton furniture style.

Yamaha model M500S Elevated Console Piano Bench at 88 Keys Piano Warehouse

Rounded, fluted legs and original bench with matching legs.