Piano Description

Designed by Steinway & Sons in collaboration with renowned furniture designer William Faber, the Essex has been created as a tribute to the idea that beautiful piano styles and finishes can and should be possible in every price range. With elegant traditional styling and museum-quality finishes, Essex will be a stunning addition to your home. And it is available in an array of models, sizes, and veneers to fit every décor and every lifestyle.

The Essex incorporates the latest design and engineering enhancements from Steinway’s dedicated research and development team. By utilizing specially engineered materials, large-scale production techniques, and carefully selected manufacturing environments, the Essex is able to deliver a level of musical performance previously unattainable in its price range.

With the Essex piano, you get more than the best possible value for your money. You also enjoy complete investment assurance, as each Essex piano is backed by Steinway & Sons and serviced by Steinway-trained technicians. Your purchase is also backed by the Steinway Promise: If you decide to trade-in your Essex piano for a new Steinway grand piano at any time within ten years, you will receive a trade-in credit equal to your original purchase price.

Due to the Steinway-designed Rim Shape, Essex grand pianos are wider at the tail than most other pianos of the same length. This allows for a larger soundboard area, producing a richer sound. The Steinway-designed soundboard is tapered, rather than uniformly thick, to vibrate more freely and provide more tonal volume. Essex pianos have a Steinway-designed, all wood (no plastic) action for proven durability and heightened responsiveness and control. In addition, all Essex pianos feature a Steinway-designed pinblock, strings, plate, backposts/braces, and bridges, as well as many Steinway-specified parts and manufacture procedures. As a result, the Essex is, quite simply, the best piano available in its price range today.

Instrument Specs

Rim/Backframe

Outer is laminated Lauan, Beech, and Walnut. Inner is laminated Lauan and Walnut. Wide tail design (similar to Boston). 22 mm outer rim width, 38 mm inner rim width.

Braces/Posts

Steinway-like radial bracing. 3 braces.

Pinblock

Laminated multi-directional Maple. Thickness: 36 mm.

Soundboard

Solid Spruce. Linear taper. Tapered from 9 mm front to 8 mm back. Vibrating area: 1.25 m2 (1,938 in2)

Ribs

Ribs notched into inner rim (no floating ribs). Ribs made of spruce and staggered/graduated. Number of ribs: 12

Bridges

Vertically laminated maple base with solid maple cap.

Scale

Designed by Steinway. 18,191 kg (40,021 lb) tension.

Plate

Carbon steel nickel coating.

Strings

Roslau wire. Number of sizes of treble strings: 9. Lowest tenor note: 27. Number 1 speaking length: 130 cm (51.1”)

Hammers

Designed by Steinway. Weight of topfelt: 7 kg (15 lb).

Action

Designed by Steinway. Angled whippen heel. All wood (no plastic) for all moving parts. Like Boston: extruded aluminum action rails rosette shape on it.

Keys

Steinway design. Material – Spruce or Basswood.

Pedals

Brass. Full Sostenuto.

Other

Slow-fall Fallboard available on most grand models. Fold-down Fallboard Lip available on most grand models.

Dimensions

Height

100 cm (39 ¼”)

Width

151 cm (59 ¼”)

Depth/Length

173 cm (5’ 8”)

Encasement

Furniture

Furniture Cases designed by William Faber and Joseph Sidorowicz.

Finish

Ebony and white finishes over an outer substrate of phenolic resin. Natural finishes over authentic wood veneers. Polyester (polished finishes) or hand-rubbed nitrocellulose laquer (satin luster finishes).

Hardware

Brass.