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Model M

MEDIUM GRAND PIANO

At 5' 7" (170 cm) in length, this piano's rich tone, responsive action and manageable size makes it perfect for conservatories, and many homes as well. The Model M is also available as a STEINWAY SPIRIO, the world’s finest high resolution player piano.

Specifications

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Dimensions

Length: 5' 7" (170 cm)

Width: 57 3/4" (147 cm)

Net Weight: 603 lbs (274 kg)

Braces

3 solid spruce with a volume of 1,196 cu. In. (19,597cm3): Spruce provides tensile strength with less weight. Maple dowels fasten braces to rim & crossblock producing a single homogenous foundation upon which is built the tonal component.

Note: Treble bell is not required in smaller grands of lesser tensions.

Model M Specifictions

Rim

The Steinway Model M's one-piece continuous bent rim, 2 1/4" thick, is one of the most significant technical innovations in piano building. The rim provides the foundation for the beauty, stability, and quality of each Steinway grand piano. the rim of the Steinway Model M is comprised of 10 layers of hard rock maple - with both inner and outer rim being pressed together in a single operation - which provides the structural integrity that enables a Steinway piano to endure for generations. This unique rim construction has been an integral part of every Steinway grand piano since it was developed and patented by Steinway & Sons in 1878 

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Model M Rim
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Soundboard

The soundboard lies at the heart of a Steinway grand or upright piano, which is why great care is needed both in its design and in the selection of the wood. To meet the highest quality standards, only superior Sitka spruce with a regular grain and prescribed minimum number of annual growth rings is acceptable. the production of the Steinway Diaphragmatic Soundboard is based on a 1936 patent to achieve optimum performance in dynamic range and maximum sustain. Under this paten, the soundboard is gradually tapered form the center to the edge, permitting freedom of movement and creati a sound of unparalleled ruchness, sonority, and sustain.

Created like the soundboard of violins to give a free and even response throughout the entire scale, the Steinway Model M's soundboard is 8 mm thick in the center and taper to 5 mm as it approaches the rim and outer case before being double crowned. The design permits complete freedom of movement while displacing a greater amount of air, creating a richer and more lasting tonal response. Close-grained, quarter-sawn Sitka spruce - which has unusual stability and vibrance under stress and vibration - is used exclusively for the soundboard.

Mode M Soundboard

The better the materials, the better the sound. Steinway & Sons constructs its soundboard bridges exclusively from vertically laminated hardwood with a horizontal grain, capped with solid maple. Each bridge is notched by hand for precise, individual string-bearing. this design ensures optimal sound transmission from the strings to the soundboard, resulting in a sustained, resoant tone - creating the inimitable Steinway Sound. In 1963, Steinway introduced the Hexagrip Pinblock, which is engineered to enable pianos to hold their tuning longer and with incredible precision.

Model M Bridges & Pinblock

Bridges & Pinblock

Up to 20 tons of string tension is being exerted within a piano at all times. It is the function of the cast iron plate to accommodate this extraordinary force and provide strength and stability throughout the life of the piano. Steinway & Sons uses its own "bell-quality" casting to support this string tension and reduce vibration, which in turn enhances the sound. This component is so integral to the construction of a Steinway piano that Steinway & Sons owns and operates its own foundry, whcih produces cast iron plates to its exacting specifications. The plate is sturdy gray iron; filled CNC-milled, and sealed; bronzed and lacquered.

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Cas Iron Plate

Cast Iron Plate

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