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#2082373 - 05/14/13 10:54 AM Why are there less rebuilt steinways from mid 20th century?
dfieldman Offline
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Registered: 04/23/13
Posts: 8
While I was searching for rebuilt steinway to place at my home,
I saw most them were originally from early 20th century. Rebuilt steinways from 40s or 50s were rare.
is there any special reason for this? Or is it just because they do not need to be rebuilt yet?

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#2082382 - 05/14/13 11:09 AM Re: Why are there less rebuilt steinways from mid 20th century? [Re: dfieldman]
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Registered: 05/02/03
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Pianos from midcentury DO get rebuilt, and often need it. But a cachet has grown around the early 20th century instruments, often touted as "golden age" -- let's say pre-Depression, or at least circa 1900-1920.

I won't weigh in on that premise, but I'm sure others will. However, I'll admit that the pianos I've owned in the last 30 years have been from 1917 and 1928, respectively.


#2082385 - 05/14/13 11:11 AM Re: Why are there less rebuilt steinways from mid 20th century? [Re: dfieldman]
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One of the big reasons is WW-II. Production was very low as the factory output was focused more on the war effort than on pianos. The 50's were the start of the rebound period.
Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.

#2082386 - 05/14/13 11:11 AM Re: Why are there less rebuilt steinways from mid 20th century? [Re: dfieldman]
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Production dropped off sharply in the 1930s and never completely recovered. Then the war came along, and production ceased, except for GI pianos, so there are not as many pianos from that era. Competing pianos from Asian manufacturers have been less costly and risky than rebuilding. As you said, their deficiencies are not as evident yet.
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