Steinway & Sons 5′-7″ Studio Grand Piano
The previous owner of this piano dearly loved and cherished it. Here is a note included with this 1965 Steinway model M grand piano, directly from her daughter, who is the consignor:
“My mom, was the last of 9 children who was born in Texas in 1922. Sickly and therefore not too active while growing up, Mom began playing the piano in grade school. She LOVED music. She played at most of the Breckenridge, Tx schools’ functions, funerals, weddings, and other special occasions before she was even a teen, until she left for Rochester NY to go to Eastman.
Mom graduated from Eastman School of Music in 1944. Mom met & married my father in 1945 & they both moved to Clovis, NM. She was active in her community of Clovis, NM & organized the first 12-piano music festival in Clovis; she also had frequent piano recitals. She taught private piano, voice, organ & theory while in Clovis, NM. The family moved to Albuquerque in 1958. Mom moved to Louisiana in the mid 60s to mid 70s. She purchased this beautiful Steinway while in Louisiana. She moved back to Albuquerque in the mid-70s.
Mom had a successful private piano studio on San Mateo NE at least 20 years after moving back to Albuquerque, and the Steinway was her pride & joy. She was active in Altrusa Club & the NMTA & (including the local chapter). Mom also volunteered w/ other music teachers in the music department @ UNM for several years. Mom developed arthritis in the late 90s & retired; she ultimately stopped playing altogether. She died in September 2005.
“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride” was a common saying of my mom’s. I wish I didn’t have to sell her pride & joy but the time to practice, space, and frankly finances have led me to the decision to give the piano a new “home” where it will continue to be cherished and PLAYED.”
The Steinway & Sons model M grand piano action is the vanguard of piano actions. Steinway held most of the patents issued to piano manufacturers for action improvements including the exclusive Accelerated Action, patented in 1936 which increases the speed of repetition. The patented Tubular Metallic action frame maintains proper alignment of the action parts. It consists of seamless brass tubes with rosette-shaped contours, force fitted with maple dowels and brass hangers. The keys are constructed from Bavarian spruce that is high in tensile strength. This action has been well-regulated and is ready now for concert performances. The patented Hexagrip wrestplank/pinblock is easier to tune precisely and stays in tune longer than others. The Diaphramatic soundboard tapers in thickness from the center to the perimeter. It is constructed from the highest-grade, close-grained, quarter-sawn Sitka spruce from Alaska. Planks are hand-selected to be free of defects and at the end of the day, there is more spruce on the floor than actually made it into the piano. 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $25,000.
Steinway model M Grand Piano in classic satin ebony.
This instrument features the classic “Steinway sound”; having a strong, singing treble and a powerful bass, rich in high harmonics. The duration of tone (sustain time) is lengthy, which enables legato phrases to be enjoyed. 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. The Steinway model M Studio grand piano was first offered in 1912 and it had a selling price of $750. This instrument is suitable for the more advanced player, larger living room and many schools, teaching and institutional situations.