If you ask ‘the man in the street’ which is the best make of piano the likely answer will be, “Steinway”. But if you ask owners of piano shops, tuners, piano teachers or top concert performers you will receive a host of replies!

Besides the top flight names such as Bösendorfer, Blüthner, Bechstein and, of course, Yamaha there are several manufacturers whose output is less but whose aim is to be best in the world. An example being the Fazioli concert grand which can cost £130,000. However, another make admired by many in the know is Steingraeber & Söhne.

With an impressive history dating from 1820, Steingraeber & Söhne were soon to be the largest piano manufacturer in Bavaria and they supplied Richard Wagner and the Bayreuth Festival.

In the 1960s, however, with Heinrich Schmidt’s modernisation of the factory their pianos really became noticed with a new designs and various patented inventions appearing over the following years which led many to believe Steingraeber & Söhne pianos are amongst the world’s best.

One of the most popular of the upright series is the Model 116 and we were happy to be offering in our auction of the 22nd June 2017 a lovely example.

Lot 70 - Steingraeber & Söhne (c2010) A Model 116 upright piano in a bright ebonised case with mahogany crossbanding.  Hammer Price:  £7,000

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