Steinway Pianos Documentary Worth Seeing

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Forum topic by langski93 posted 09-23-2009 09:32 PM 1639 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2009 09:32 PM

Just a heads up to all piano playing and non-piano playing lumber jocks. I saw a docmentary the other night which I know you will appreciate called Note by Note. Its a fascinating look into the world of building concert grand pianos. I was amazed at the amount of effort, both mechanized and non mechanized and time that goes into building a Steinway. In addition, they gave the perspective from the performers point of view, as you were walked through the crafting of a single instrument. It takes over a year.

If you get a chance to see it, most likely on PBS, you’ll appreciate the craft whether you can play a note or not. Watch for it.


-- Langski, New Hampshire

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 10:10 PM

Some af my projects take a year! LOL
Sound interesting. Thanks.

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#2 posted 09-24-2009 12:28 AM

Funny you mention the Steinway video. I’m up here in Rochester, NY, and the Eastman Theater (Dryden Theater) played that same video to a packed house one year ago. I couldn’t get in despite arriving 40 mins early. I’d love to see it.

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#3 posted 09-24-2009 02:59 AM

Thanks for remonding me. I saw it advertised a few days ago and would have missed it. It just finished on the PBS Houton station. Wonderful. Those guys are true masters. Think I’ll get off this computer and go feel some wood.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#4 posted 09-24-2009 03:13 AM

I just took apart a Royal Piano Upright….it took 6 hours just to dismantle.

You have to cut the strings while still together as there is so much tension you can be defingered or decapitated.

I am building a desk from the sides… and thinking of other ideas for the rest.

And it had a 400 lbs cast iron frame which held everything together. 3ft by 6ft. ranges from 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick in places.

The music holder and the top is in great shape. And all this in an upright would hate to have to do a grand.

The Piano was 1952 Cincinnati Ohio. Was in bad shape on the inside. Would have cost a mint to fix and I do not play.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#5 posted 09-24-2009 04:01 AM

I tivo-ed it the other night. Very good documentary.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#6 posted 09-24-2009 04:18 AM

I looked for listings locally, (central PA) and haven’t found anything within the next 2 weeks. Shoot. I was looking forward to that one!

-- Andy, PA ~Finding satisfaction in creation

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#7 posted 09-24-2009 05:03 AM

I saw parts of it, it looked really interesting.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 09-25-2009 05:23 AM

Thanks, I’ll keep an eye out for it. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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