Steinway Model O


Steinway O Grand Piano

MAKE: Steinway & Sons
SIZE: 5’10 ½” Baby Grand
YEAR: 1920 (Made in USA)
FINISH: Satin Ebony
SERIAL: 196952
PRICE: $16,470

This formally restored 1920 Steinway & Sons Model O Grand Piano is one of the last of the original Model O Steinway pianos built prior to 1924 when the model was replaced by the Model L. As such, it has many of the refinements not found in earlier production models, most notably being adjustable rear duplexes, a curved bass bridge, and an increase in size to 5’-10 ½ “ in length.

We estimate that this piano was restored about 10-15 years ago. It was refinished in a traditional satin ebony finish which aside from minor blemishes on the case, it is still in very good condition. The strings are all in excellent shape and the hammers show very little wear. This piano has been thoroughly inspected and detailed; the action has been regulated and hammers voiced by our shop technicians.

This Steinway grand would be an excellent choice for someone looking to purchase a great sounding classic 1920’s Steinway at a comfortable price point without sacrificing looks and playability. 1920 was a pivotal year for American music. It marks the beginning of the Jazz age and the start of what has been termed the “Roaring 20’s”, and this piano was built right in the epicenter of where it was all happening – New York City, by America’s preeminent piano manufacturer – Steinway.

History of the Steinway Model O Grand Piano

The first Steinway Model O Grand Piano was manufactured at the New York Steinway Factory in 1900. Henry Ziegler (1857 – 1930) designed the Model O as well as the Model M and the Model L. Henry Ziegler was the grandson of Henry Engelhard Steinway (1797-1871) who founded Steinway & Sons in New York in 1853. The Model O grand piano was marketed as a “miniature grand” and is the first Steinway grand to exhibit the squared-bottom legs that are now a standard identifying feature of all Steinway grands.

Steinway stopped production of the Model O in 1924, replacing it with the Model L (the L is 1/4″ shorter and 1/4″ wider). The Model O remained out of production for more than 80 years until it was brought back into production by Steinway & Sons in 2006. In 2005, Steinway discontinued production of the Model L at its New York factory and replaced it with the piano it had superseded decades before. The Model O was reintroduced and has been manufactured ever since at both the New York and Hamburg factories. This was probably done to consolidate the models and increase overall company efficiency. The early models are historical pianos for several reasons and are highly desirable and deserving of restoration and repair.