Steinway & Sons 5′-10″ Crown Jewell Collection Grand Piano.
This 1917 Steinway & Sons model O parlor grand piano is one of the finest musical instruments ever built. It is the largest of Steinway’s “smaller” pianos. This was the golden era of American piano building and Steinway & Sons was the piano that every other was judged by. It is handcrafted and took a full year to build. The Steinway factory held most of the important patents in the industry and the family participated in all of the significant operations. In the world of musical instruments, there are pianos – and then there are Steinway & Sons. The model O 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. This instrument is suitable for the more advanced player, larger living room and many school, teaching and institutional situations.
The piano was completely restored recently in our restoration shop. The very finest materials were employed in this extensive eight month process. Bolduc is the company that produces the current Steinway pinblocks so it received a new 5-ply premium hard rock maple Bolduc pinblock. New premium Renner Blue Point hammers, shanks and flanges replaced the old ones. New Renner damper felts and wires replaced the old ones. The repetition levers and springs were replaced with Renner also, as were the let-off buttons and backchecks. It was re-strung with new Steinway bass strings and music wire. The flame-mahogany cabinet and the original bench were beautifully refinished. The original, genuine ivory keytops were painstakingly bleached and cleaned. They are in gorgeous condition with a warm, soft-white lustrous glow. The wooden sharp keys were re-lacquered and are perfect. The action has been well-regulated and ready now for concert performances. All of the cabinet hardware, bolts and casters were re-plated. Complimentary local, first-floor professional delivery and setup is included.
This is truly a historical piece of Americana. The piano was purported to be shipped by railroad to New Mexico shortly after being built. It was most recently sold in 1991 by Riedling Music, the sole New Mexico Steinway & Sons dealership for 75 years. The soundboard was also refinished and the original decal was replaced with the same decal showing the medallions of pre-WW1 countries and kingdoms whom owned Steinway & Sons pianos in their official buildings. This important serial number (187812) is one of the last Steinway grands to sport this decal because shortly afterward, the war ended and some of those governments no longer existed. The factory ceased applying soundboard decals at this point in deference to this historical change. The Steinway company no longer allows these official decals to be sold to rebuilders. They consider the patented Steinway & Sons brand to be proprietary intellectual property and they are enforcing their legal rights in this matter. This is one of the last decals of its type to be legally acquired, nationally. 88 Keys Piano Warehouse & Showroom price – $45,000.
Steinway & Sons model O 2018 MSRP – $95,800.
Steinway & Sons model O 2017 MSRP – $90,200.
Steinway & Sons model O 2009 MSRP (10 years ago) – $66,800.
Exquisite Steinway & Sons model O Parlor Grand Piano in flame-mahogany.