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Did you know that before the modern day piano there were various other keyboard instruments? Let's take a look at some of these early keyboard instruments and how they work.
It is believed that the story of the piano began when Bartolomeo Cristofori felt that the harpsichord provided musicians with limited control over playing volume.
Throughout history there were many eminent piano makers that have influenced the world of pianos, some of which have successfully lasted over a century.
As a preeminent piano manufacture, Steinway & Sons helped shaped the grand piano as we know it today; let’s explore some defining features of the modern day piano that Steinway is responsible for conceiving.
The humble beginnings of Steinway & Sons started in the kitchen of Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg’s home in Seesen Germany, where he built his first piano in 1836. This instrument will go on to be known as the Steinway No.1 (also fondly named The Kitchen Piano).
After Americanizing the family name to “Steinway“, and Henry Engelhard Steinway and his sons founded Steinway & Sons in a Manhattan loft on Varick Street.
From generation to generation, every STEINWAY has been carefully handcrafted utilizing the finest materials and building techniques.
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