Steinway A-2

Description

Steinway A-2 Grand Piano

MAKE: Steinway & Sons
MODEL: A-2
SIZE:
 6’-2” Grand Piano
YEAR:
  1899 (Made in USA)
CONDITION: Used (Recently Restored)
FINISH:
 Satin Ebony
SERIAL:
 94523
PRICE:
 $23,500

Vintage Steinway & Sons 6’-2” Model A (A-2/Style II) Grand Piano in traditional satin ebony finish.

This vintage Steinway & Son’s Model A-2 piano underwent extensive restoration about two years ago.  This historic piano is one of the first Steinway Model A-2 pianos ever built.  The case is in good condition and is finished in traditional satin ebony.  The plate was removed and repainted, soundboard and bridges refinished, and felts replaced.  The piano received new strings, new Renner hammers, shanks, flanges, dampers, felts, and key bushings.  The action is somewhat heavy yet remarkably responsive; we have finely regulated the action and voiced the hammers.  The piano has been thoroughly inspected, detailed, and tuned to concert pitch, and it comes with matching artist bench.

This piano looks, sounds, and plays great.  It is an excellent example of a truly classic American Grand Piano designed and built with quality materials and top-notch craftsmanship.

Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 in New York, and the first Model A, the A-1 was introduced in 1878.  This model, the Model A-2 ‘long scale’ began concurrent production with the 88 note A-1 scale in 1896, making this particular piano, which was built in 1899, one of the first A-2’s produced by Steinway.

The change in the shape of the tail allowed for an increase in soundboard area, creating a better and fuller tone. Many other improvements and new design features were added to the original A-2. Slightly longer than the A-1, the A-2 measured in at slightly longer than 6’ (6’-2”).  From the 1940s until the mid-2000s, there were no Model A grand pianos produced by Steinway & Sons in New York.  However, in 2005, Steinway re-introduced the Model A.  If you were to purchase a new one today, the list price of a new Steinway Model A is MSRP: $104,200.

The Steinway Model A-2 Grand Piano Legacy

You would never guess that this piano was almost 125 years old.  In fact, this is one of the few models of pianos manufactured by over 300 piano manufacturers in the United States back in the 1890’s that is even worthy of restoration.  That is because of all the manufacturers worldwide at the time, Steinway led the way in designing and patenting most of the important innovations that gave us the modern piano of today, and the Steinway Model A was at the cutting edge of piano technology by the time this particular model, the Model A-2 (known as the ‘square tail A’) was introduced in 1896.

Properly rebuilt, the model A-2 still goes up against some of the best pianos in the six foot range being built today, and this one is a particularly fine example of Steinway’s expert design and craftsmanship.  This is a piano that was built to last for generations to come, and size-wise is a perfect choice for the home.  That is why Steinway marketed it as a ‘living room piano’, and also why Steinway chose to re-introduce the Model A as part of its current line of production pianos.

History of the Steinway Model A-2 Grand Piano

The Model A-2 Grand

The Model A-2 ‘long scale’ began concurrent production with the 88 note A-1 scale in 1896. The change in the shape of the tail allowed for an increase in soundboard area, creating a better and fuller tone. Many other improvements and new design features were added to the new A-2. Slightly longer than the A-1, the A-2 measured in at slightly longer than 6’. (But it was still listed as 6’ in Steinway catalogs.) The Model A-2 short scale was introduced in 1905 as the replacement for its predecessor, the long scale. This new short scale design featured a more seamless tonal progression from the high bass to the lower treble section. The short scale Steinway Model A-2 was in regular production in New York until 1914 and continued in production at the Hamburg factory. Early production Model A-2 grand pianos were often seen in an almost’ transitional’ cabinet style. The legs were often larger in diameter than today’s pianos and the square cabinet arms differed in style. Near the end of the Model A-2 era, there was also a number made that are considered to be of a fully modern Sketch 380 style. This scale made its New York return almost a century later, but more on that in a bit.

“We believe this improved scale to exhibit several excellence. It possesses a much larger tone than any other Grand piano of its size.” – Steinway Business Letter, June 22, 1897.

Steinway Model A Grand Piano

Length: 6’ (A1) 6′ 2” (A2) – 6′ 4-1/2” (A3)
Width: 4′ 6”
Weight: 695 lbs
Introduced in: 1878 (round tail “A”)
Introduced in: 1896 (square tail “A”)
Introduced in: 1913 (“A3″ 6’4” 1/2)
Available in: Mahogany, Walnut, Rosewood & Ebony