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Steinway Model A
Salon Grand
Steinway Model A


Steinert Overview

More design experimentation and changes over the years went into the Model A design than that of any other single Steinway model, revealing the challenge of designing a truly majestic grand piano sound within the restrictions of 6’ to 6’4”. The largest Model A (6’4”) was discontinued in 1947 shortly after WWII and its much younger sibling born in 2005, the A (6’2”), is today the Model A of choice. Sharing the Treble Bell exclusive design feature for exceptional high treble tuning stability with the larger B (6’11”) and D (9’) and wide tail rim design for greater soundboard area, the A (6’2”) possesses the first unabashedly “grand piano” sound.

The New Model A Customer

Who it’s for:Who it’s NOT for:
For serious pianists who cannot live without the unmistakably “grand sound”–that rich, powerful bass and tenor register, treble clarity and projection, and noticeably longer sustain from a larger soundboard than is possible from smaller sizes.Not for the more casual piano player who is relatively unaware of the advantages of larger grand design and to whom it does not matter and who cannot musically justify the higher required cost. Also not for very small spaces.

MODEL A Specifications

At 6′ 2″ (188 cm), the Model A is known for delivering a “grand” sound in a slightly smaller cabinet. This grand offers power and warmth, with a design that allows the solid spruce soundboard to freely and efficiently resonate, like its larger counterparts.


Dimensions

Length: 6′ 2″ (188 cm)
Width: 57¾” (147 cm)
Net Weight: 695 pounds (315 kg)

Braces
3 solid spruce braces with a volume of 1,387 cu. in. (22,729 cm3); Spruce provides tensile strength with less weight. Maple dowels fasten braces to rim producing a single homogenous foundation upon which is built the entire tonal component. A cast iron treble bell, affixed to rim’s underside at treble bend, holds plate firmly in position by means of a steel bolt. The Steinway & Sons iron wedge anchors brace ends securely to crossblock assuring permanent rim posture.

Scale
Overstrung; combination agraffe; Front AND rear duplex.
Tension: 41,888 lbs. (19,000 kg)

Ribs
Made from durable, resinous sugar pine to assure strong and constant support of string down-bearing on the soundboard; rib ends are hand-fitted.

Tuning Pins
Premium blued steel; rust-resistant, nickeled heads

Strings
Treble: twelve whole & one-half sizes from high-tensile Swedish steel.
Bass: Swedish steel core wire wound with pure copper.
Longest: Agraffe/bridge: 55⅝” (141 cm)

Hammers
Premium wool top felt and under felt; treated to resist insects and moisture. Compression-wired to maintain permanent shape. Hard rock maple hammer moldings and shanks.

Dampers
Horizontal-cut premium wool for effective dampening with maple heads for endurance.

Keys
European spruce, individually weighed-off. Chip-proof, stain-resistant coverings for naturals; slip-proof, adbraded ebonized sharps. Durable Linden wood buttons reinforce keys over balance rail, permitting maximum tonal power with every strike. Longest key: 19” (48.3 cm).

Keybed
Made from planks of quarter-sawn spruce. Horizonal and vertical birch planks present a vented system for humidity escapement. Crowned and reverse-crowned action frame gives a snug fit, intensifies key movement and prevents “slapping” during heavy playing. Large maple dowel ends provide a solid mount for adjustable brass touch-regulating screws. Thickness: 1¾” (4.45 cm).

Pedals
Heavy, solid brass. Soft, sustaining, and full sostenuto.

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