Model B Overview
The Model B(6’11”) is the ideal “dream” piano of most serious amateurs and professional pianists who either do not have the budget or the room for a concert grand Model D(9’). It is the only Steinway smaller than the concert grand that shares 100% of its design features–the single-piece “shepherd's crook” Continuous Bridge, the solid cast iron Treble Bell, and longer keys (21″) than any smaller Steinway model (19”). It has often been called “the perfect piano” by both professional musicians and veteran piano technicians.
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Who's it for?
For any major symphony orchestra, concert hall and any career concert pianist’s home. Also for the most serious amateurs who simply insist on the best possible piano regardless of price.
- For customers who insist on the best and will sacrifice to own it. Arguably the best Investment in the Steinway line.
Who's it not for?
Not for customers wanting to save money by buying a used Steinway
Not for those without a space at least 9 feet long for piano and bench.
Model B Specifications
This magnificent 6′ 11″ (211 cm) grand piano is often referred to by pianists as “the perfect piano.” It is also available as a STEINWAY SPIRIO, the world’s finest high-resolution player piano, and the SPIRIO | r – with the ability to record, archive, and edit performances.
Length: 6′ 11″ (211cm)
Width: 58″ (148 cm)
Net Weight: 760 pounds (345 kg)
4 solid spruce braces with a volume of 1,995 cu. in. (32,686 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.
Overstrung; combination agraffe; Front AND rear duplex.
Tension: 39,047 lbs. (17,571 kg)
Made from durable, resinous sugar pine to assure strong and constant support of string down-bearing on the soundboard; rib ends are hand-fitted.
Premium blued steel; rust-resistant, nickeled heads
Treble: Twelve whole & one-half sizes from high-tensile Swedish steel.
Bass: Swedish steel core wire wound with pure copper.
Longest: Agraffe/bridge: 59¼” (151 cm)
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.
Horizontal-cut premium wool for effective dampening with maple heads for endurance.
European spruce, individually weighed-off. Chip-proof, stain-resistant coverings for naturals; slip-proof, abraded ebonized sharps. Durable Linden wood buttons reinforce keys over balance rail, permitting maximum tonal power with every strike. Longest key: 21″ (53.3 cm).
Made from planks of quarter-sawn spruce. Horizontal 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).
Heavy, solid brass. Soft, sustaining, and full sostenuto.