Construction Show

Waiting for the demonstration to start. You can see the exploded Steinway Model O here, the frame, soundboard and case.
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Phil Sander begins to explain the method of construction involved.
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... demonstrating the curvature, or crown in the Steinway soundboard.
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and how the bridges are adjusted for height by a skilled craftsman.
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A smaller section of soundboard is passed around.
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We then heard the resulting sound demonstrated by Alexei Yemtsov.
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Julie Englefield taught us about the historical development of Steinway and the influence of the "benchmark" piano on the direction of music in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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Julie explains that someone needed to develop the ultimate piano.
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Phil Sander again.
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Ara Vartoukian, a prominent piano tuning teacher, and owner of Theme and Variations, teaches the gathering about the action of the piano action.
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Everyone got a piece of the action from that exploded piano. It was a touching experience.
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The students from the Australian Institute of Music didn't leave any snacks for the staff of Theme and Variations to clean up.
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Steinway & Sons Hamburg sent us an exploded Model A Grand Piano to use in lectures for music students and teachers in Sydney.


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