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Steinway & Sons

Steinway and Sons
Company nameSteinway & Sons
Company typePrivate (subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments)
IndustryMusical instruments
FoundedMarch 05, 1853
Founder(s)Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg
(later Henry E. Steinway) (1797 1871)
HeadquartersNew York City, the United States
Hamburg, Germany
No. of locationsWorldwide around 200 authorized dealers
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleThomas Kurrer
President, Worldwide (since 2008)
Ron Losby
President, Americas (since 2008)
ProductsGrand pianos
Upright pianos
Production output Yearly around 4,000 new pianos
ServicesRestoration of Steinway pianos
ParentSteinway Musical Instruments, Inc.

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Steinway & Sons, also known as Steinway c-enaudio=Steinway - pronounce.oggˈstaɪnweɪ, is an American and German manufacturer of handmade high-quality pianos, founded 1853 in Manhattan in New York City by German immigrant Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later Henry E. Steinway). The company's growth led to the opening of a factory and company town in what is now the Astoria section of Queens in New York City and the opening of a factory in Hamburg, Germany. Steinway is a prominent piano company, known for making pianos of high quality and for its influential inventions within the area of piano development. The company holds a royal warrant by appointment to Queen Elizabeth II.

Steinway pianos have been recognized with numerous awards. One of the first official recognitions was a gold medal won in 1855 at the American Institute Fair at the New York Crystal Palace just two years after the company's foundation. Several awards and recognitions followed, including three medals at the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Steinway is granted around 130 patents.

Other than the expensive Steinway & Sons piano brand, Steinway designs and markets two budget brands: Boston and Essex. The Boston and Essex pianos are made using lower-cost components and labor and are produced in Asia by other piano manufacturers.

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