Steinway & Sons

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Steinway grand piano and upright piano

Steinway & Sons, also known as Steinway, is an American and German manufacturer of handmade[1] pianos.

Steinway pianos have got lots of awards.[2] One of the first official recognitions was a gold medal won in 1855 at the American Institute Fair at the New York Crystal Palace just two years after the company's foundation.[3] In 1855–62 Steinway pianos received 35 gold medals.[2] Steinway has been granted around 130 patents in piano making,[4][5] most of which have expired.

Other than the expensive Steinway & Sons piano brand, Steinway markets two cheaper brands: Boston for the mid-level market and Essex for the entry-level market. The Boston and Essex pianos are made using low-cost components and labor and are made in Asia by other piano manufacturers.[6][7][8]

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  1. Bambarger, Bradley (Spring 2010). "Instrumental Royalty". Listen: Life with Classical Music (ArkivMusic). http://www.listenmusicmag.com/feature/instrumental-royalty.php. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Singer, Aaron (1986). Labor management relations at Steinway & Sons, 1853–1896. Garland. p. 14. ISBN 9780824083717.
  3. Spillane, Daniel (1892). "Musical Instruments – The Piano-Forte". The Popular Science Monthly. 40. Bonnier Corporation. p. 488. ISSN 0161-7370. http://books.google.dk/books?id=liADAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA433&pg=PA488#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  4. Matthew L. Wald (March 28, 1991). "Steinway Changing Amid Tradition". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1991/03/28/business/steinway-changing-amid-tradition.html?pagewanted=all. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  5. "Steinway & Sons – Patents". Google Patent Search. http://www.google.com/patents?q=Steinway+OR+Steinweg+-Grotrian&scoring=2. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  6. Larry Fine (Spring 2011). "Boston". Piano Buying Guide 2011. Larry Fine. p. 163. http://www.pianobuyer.com/spring11/163.html. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  7. Larry Fine (Spring 2011). "Essex". Piano Buying Guide 2011. Larry Fine. p. 166. http://www.pianobuyer.com/spring11/166.html. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  8. Neudorf, Paula; Soon, Weilun. "Recession's Impact". The Last American Grand. http://www.thelastamericangrand.com/recessionsimpact.html. Retrieved September 5, 2011.