Fully Rebuilt Steinway Model A3 Grand Piano | Very Rare Quarter Sawn Oak Cabinet
The golden era of piano manufacturing saw high quality and continued innovation become the standard within the industry. Over 300 piano manufacturers in the United States alone competed to craft the best pianos possible. One of the most unique and well-designed instruments during this period was the Steinway Model A-3 Grand Piano. These 6′ 4 1/2″ grand pianos are some of the finest pianos ever produced by the Steinway & Sons Company.
Steinway Model A3 #188826 was built in 1917, during the peak of the company’s golden era. This particular instrument is special not just for its amazingly well-crafted scale design but for its rare cabinet woodwork as well. This piano features a very rare and unique quarter sawn oak cabinet. Used extensively in the past, it is labor intensive and expensive to produce. It is quite rare to find Steinway grand pianos with this desirable grain pattern making it an uncommon piano indeed.
The Steinway Model A-3 has long been a favorite scale design of piano technicians and professional musicians. Discontinued in 1945 due to the competition it created for the larger and pricier Steinway Model B, the Model A-3 is a rare instrument well deserving of the respect it receives. The Model A-3 has become one of our preferred Steinway scale designs and we are proud to feature several of these vintage instruments in fully rebuilt condition at our facilities today.
“Model A-III was designed to provide greater tonal power than A-1 and A-2. An even, seamless tonal progression from the high bass to the low treble was sought.” – The Official Guide to Steinway Pianos
The Piano Rebuilding Process
Steinway & Sons Model A-3 #188826 has undergone an extensive rebuilding process to return it to a like new, concert level status. It is currently located at our New Paris, Indiana Rebuilding Facility. The rare quarter sawn oak cabinet has been expertly refinished in a closed pore, hand rubbed satin finish. A new solid spruce soundboard and bridge caps have been installed as well as a new custom fitted pinblock. This ensures optimum quality of tone and stability. The massive cast iron plate has been expertly re-gilded and the raised lettering has been hand detailed. The piano has been restrung utilizing the finest quality music wire, tuning pins and custom manufactured copper wound bass strings. New German Kluge style keytops have been installed and the nickel plated hardware has been re-plated.
The all-important action has been finely rebuilt utilizing the finest German Renner wippens and new hammers, shanks and flanges. We have completed extensive action and tonal regulation to ensure a nuanced touch and a colorful tone. We spend many extra hours beyond the industry norm in this process of crafting an instrument that plays and sounds with a quality only possible with a piano bearing the name of ‘Steinway.’
A Grand Steinway | Concert Level Performance
The piano features a tone that is rich and nuanced. The tonal quality is full with a strong bass section and a clear treble section that rings freely. The piano embodies a fresh, yet mature sound that is complemented by an action that is quick and controllable with a concert level of responsiveness. This allows for the utmost expression possible and a piano that is capable of supporting the most advanced pianist’s repertoire.
A properly rebuilt Steinway Model A-3 is one of the finest instruments available. If you are interested in purchasing one of our expertly restored Steinways get in touch with us today. We invite you to pay us a visit and experience our fine pianos for yourself. Our Northern Indiana facilities feature an uncommonly large selection of fine quality pianos for you to play and select from today. Founded in 1975 by Master Technician Dennis Chupp, we have over four decades of experience and our work has become the preferred choice of concert venues, universities and pianists across the continent. Please contact us today if you have any questions or wish to set up a private selection appointment. We are ready to help you select the piano that is right for you!