We buy, sell and restore all types of Steinway pianos and will be pleased to quote for work on modern and old Steinways.
Please note that Steinway grand pianos have a powerful tone and are designed to be played in a sizeable room with high ceiling (the model “S” made around 1925 is the exception to this, being of quieter tone) . If your room is small it may be better to consider a quieter piano such as a Blüthner.

The Difference Between A German And An American Steinway Piano

Opinions do vary even amongst top dealers and restorers as to whether the German or American Steinway pianos are the best, though since about 1945 quality control is generally reputed to be better in the Hamburg factory. In the UK about 95% post 1900 are German Steinway pianos. The American Steinway can be recognised as it generally has a square shaped “fall board” or “lid” over the keys, whereas the German Steinway fall board is rounded as in most makes of grand pianos found in the UK. The German Steinway pianos are usually more mellow in tone and the American Steinway pianos are more strident, though it is not the same of the pre 1900 pianos, as the German Hamburg factory began after the American one and developing their own characteristic was a gradual process. However, there are exceptions to these differences as hammers vary from piano to piano.

Modern Steinway Grand Pianos

From 1951 to present day, Steinway pianos are mainly found in black polyester. The ones made in the 1960s have a particularly rich warm tone and natural ivory key tops; the key tops after about 1980 are usually of a synthetic material. We are experienced restorers of Steinway pianos; they usually require at the very least new hammers and often restringing. If the piano is well used the action becomes slack and the springs weak; this then needs regulating. We are also traditional French polishers and are able to recreate the original finish or change the colour if required.

steinway model b piano soundboard

An 80’s Steinway model B piano


Steinway model M in black polyester

At 5’7″ (170cm) in length, the Steinway Model M Grand piano has a rich tone and responsive action. there are a reasonable number in the UK, both from the 1920s and modern ones from about1960.

Restoring A Steinway Grand Pianos

By far the most common restored Steinway grand pianos are models O’s, A’s and B’s in that order. They vary enormously in quality and in how much they have been used, but generally, older Steinway grand pianos have been used extensively and are therefore very worn. Reconditioning grands can also vary widely in quality so if you’re buying a restored Steinway grand we strongly recommend having a Steinway trained technician to check it first.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my Steinway worth restoring?

Almost every Steinway grand is worth restoring. Uprights vary in terms of investment value of restoration. Please inquire for a free valuation.

How can I maintain my Steinway?

Keep the room from being too dry or too damp. Use a beeswax polish to clean wooden cases and a barely damp lint-free cloth for polyester. We do not recommend cleaning the dampers yourself, it is best to ask your tuner to do so.