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 later part of 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 the two models is that the Model L features a more squared off tail. The Model O wasn’t finished however as the Hamburg Steinway factory continued 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’ for good reason, these pianos produce the iconic Steinway sound while taking up less room than a Model A or B. A new Model O measures 5’ 10¾” 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 everyone.
The Model O served as a test bed 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 replacement for Model L
Undergoing RestorationThis Steinway & Sons Model L Grand Piano is a fine example of historic Steinway Factory 'golden era' quality. Steinway & Sons Model L Grand Piano #261967 is currently undergoing a full restoration. This will include restoring the original factory soundboard, restoring the original pinblock, fully rebuilding the action with the finest action parts, refinishing the cabinet with a hand-rubbed ebony finish and much more. This instrument once restored will be suitable for any concert pianist, institution or performance venue. Photos show what the piano will look like once fully rebuilt. Pictured with an optional Jansen Artists Bench in genuine leather. Interested in learning more? Get in contact with us today.
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