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You’ll be glad you did. You may just find you could own a Steinway-designed piano.

Looking for a piano that sounds good and is great quality while staying within your budget?

The Steinway Designed Essex is the best piano in its class.


The pictures & videos below show features of Essex pianos which are removed by most other manufacturers

and reserved only for their higher priced pianos.

Duplex scaling allows the treble side of the piano to perform and sound its best. Why would you pay more for this feature?

A vertically laminated bridge transfers music from the strings a great deal faster than a solid bridge. Why would you pay more for this feature?

A longer lid prop allows more sound to come out of the piano. If the lid prop is too short it makes little difference whether the lid is open or not. Why would you pay more for this feature?

A thick rim adds stability and helps produce a better and more powerful tone. Why would you pay more for this feature?

Radial bracing is the best structure for tone and stability. Why would you pay more for this feature?

Sound travels through the grain of the soundboard. The more grains per square inch, the better the sound production. Why would you pay more for this feature?

Most of the tension on an upright piano is in the treble. Steinway & Sons uprights are large and staggered to give the best stability over the life of the piano. This is a picture of a Steinway-designed Essex upright. It is patterned after the Steinway & Sons upright pianos.

Longer strings and a larger soundboard produce a better sound.

Beveled edges add aesthetics and elegance to a grand piano. Why would you pay more for this feature?

Steinway & Sons is proud of the quality of all their pianos. The Essex specifications are easily obtained.

(Courtesy of Steinway.com)

Technical Specifications of the Essex EGP155


Rim/Backframe Outer and inner rims are laminated Chinese 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. Vibrating area: 1.07 m2 (1,657 in2)
Ribs Ribs notched into inner rim (no floating ribs). Ribs made of spruce and staggered/graduated. Number of ribs: 11
Bridges Vertically laminated maple base with solid maple cap.
Scale Designed by Steinway. 17,661 kg (38,854 lb) tension.
Plate Cast iron, painted with Steinway Gold.
Tuning Pins Carbon steel nickel coating.
Duplex Scales Front and rear duplexes Designed by Steinway.
Strings Roslau wire. Number of sizes of treble strings: 14. Lowest tenor note: 27. Number 1 speaking length: 112 cm (44.0”)
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. Extruded aluminum action rails with Steinway rosette shape
Keys Steinway design. Spruce.
Keybed Spruce.
Pedals Brass. Full Sostenuto.
Features Slow-fall Fallboard. Fold-down Fallboard Lip available on most grand models.


Height: 100 cm (39 ¼”)
Length: 155 cm (5’ 1”)
Width: 151 cm (59 ¼”)
Net Weight: 289 kg (636 lb)


Furniture: Classic Cases Designed by Steinway & Sons. Furniture Cases designed by William Faber.
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 lacquer (satin luster finishes).
Hardware: Brass.