The Living Room Grand – Steinway Model O
Balance. Beauty. The right piano choice for most size homes.
The Steinway Model O was introduced in the latter part of the year 1900. The Model O is very similar to the Model L and they are among the largest of Steinway’s ‘baby grands’. These pianos were first manufactured from 1900 to 1924. Very early Model O Grands lacked adjustable rear duplexes, an issue that was quickly remedied. The New York Steinway factory discontinued the Model O Grand in 1923 in favor of the new Steinway Model L. Very similar in both size and performance, the main difference between these two models is that the Model L features a more squared off tail design. This featured was introduced to allow for a larger soundboard area. The Hamburg Steinway factory continued production of the Model O and never put the Model L into regular production. In a rare move, the Model O was recently reintroduced by Steinway, New York in 2005, replacing the Model L.
The ‘Living Room’ Grand Piano
A Model O is a good bit larger than a Model S or Model M, giving it an edge when it comes to sound and tonal quality. These pianos feature a bass that is powerful and deep with a clear treble and overall rich tonal range. These pianos were designed with the limitations of smaller room sizes in mind but do not compromise on the quality of the playing experience. Later dubbed a ‘living room grand’, these pianos produce the iconic Steinway sound while taking up less room than a Model A or B. A new Model O measures 5’ 10 ¾” in length – a modern classic which balances convenient size with the legendary Steinway sound. We have rebuilt a number of golden era Model Os for various clients and have found these pianos to be quite popular with pianists, institutions and performance venues.
The Model O served as a testbed of sorts for a number of cabinet designs now associated with the modern grand piano. This includes the square arm case design and the now common, octagonal spade style legs. Due to a well-engineered scale design, these pianos output a sound that is beyond what many expect from a piano that is under six feet in length. Many accomplished pianists love the Model O for its reasonable size yet powerful sound and perfect touch. There is a reason 98% of concert pianists choose to play Steinway instruments!
Steinway Model O Grand Piano Specifications
First Produced: 1900
Production Status: Current
Length: 5′ 10 3/4″ (2005 – present)
Width: 4′ 10 1/2″ (2005 – present)
Weight: 616 lbs (2005 – present)
Current Classification: Living Room Grand
Note: Reintroduced as a replacement for Model L
Modern Style Cabinet in Rare Brazilian RosewoodBuilt during the 'golden age' of piano manufacturing, this 1917 Steinway & Sons Model O Grand Piano is one of the most unique and rarest pianos we have ever featured. Featuring a modern Sketch 380 Sheraton cabinet and spade legs, this Model O was originally specially ordered in a figured Brazilian Rosewood. This is the only modern styled New York Steinway in Brazilian Rosewood that we have ever come across. This special Steinway has been expertly restored to ensure it returns to its rightful status as a concert level instrument. Interested in learning more? Get in contact with us today. This piano has been sold to a client in Los Angeles, California.
Undergoing RestorationSteinway & Sons Model O #178880 was built in 1916 at the New York Steinway Factory. This fine piano is currently undergoing a full restoration. This will include a new spruce soundboard, a new hard maple pinblock, a fully rebuilt action with the finest parts and much more. The cabinet can be refinished in either mahogany or ebony depending on your preference. Photos show what the piano will look like once fully rebuilt in ebony. Pictured with an optional Jansen Artists Bench in genuine leather. Interested in learning more? Get in contact with us today.
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