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#2247307 - 03/16/14 04:14 AM New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY!
Grandpianoman Offline
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Steinway has purchased the rights to Wayne Stahnke's Live-Performance LX playback system and will be installing them at their factory! This is quite an historic moment for several reasons....Steinway is back in the player piano business after a 70 year hiatus (Duo-Art), and Wayne Stahnke will leave a remarkable and indelible legacy as the pioneer for the modern solenoid player piano!

I had been hearing rumors over the last few months that this was in the works. Back in May, 2007, when I received the very first LX on the market, I posted here that I thought the LX system was the best 'retro-fitable' playback system out there. Now it has evolved even beyond that. I don't think I will be selling my M&H RBB!

I really look forward to listening on my piano, to the artists that Steinway will acquire for their new LX recordings! Along with the basic LX, Steinway will also have Wayne's new LX recording system that will probably have close to, if not, a complete 100% accuracy recording capability, and a soft-pedal shift mechanism, just like a live pianist.

Congratulations Wayne Stahnke and Steinway! Wow! smile


Edited by Grandpianoman (03/16/14 04:15 AM)

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#2247311 - 03/16/14 04:22 AM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
pwl Offline
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Very exciting news!

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#2247313 - 03/16/14 05:10 AM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
Withindale Offline
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John Paulson said he bought Steinway & Sons because he wanted a Steinway with a factory fitted player to add to his collection of four Steinways.

He has increased his potential market greatly at a stroke. There are many more people who can afford a Steinway who can't plan than who can.

I wonder if he realised that all along.
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#2247387 - 03/16/14 10:39 AM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
MiguelAngel07 Offline
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I assume that the LX System will still be available as a retrofit option for any other pianos. Any word on this?

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#2247392 - 03/16/14 11:00 AM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: MiguelAngel07]
Ed McMorrow, RPT Offline
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I wouldn't assume continued availability as a retrofit-Steinway may find exclusivity an advantage. Yamaha does with discklavier.
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#2247460 - 03/16/14 01:11 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: MiguelAngel07]
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Originally Posted By: MiguelAngel07
I assume that the LX System will still be available as a retrofit option for any other pianos. Any word on this?
The system will only be available for retrofit for a short time until the existing stock runs out.
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#2247483 - 03/16/14 01:43 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
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Wow, Very good news to hear Steinway will be upgrading their previous systems to the LX. I hope Wayne has benefitted from this news as his system has the best reproduced performance I've ever heard and can only enhance the quality of tones and tonal nuances that the Steinway piano is known for. The trap work for me was a bit of an exploration on each installation so I'm sure Steinway will engineer the pedal systems with factory precision.

Good news indeed!
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#2247498 - 03/16/14 02:10 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
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Interestingly, I read somewhere that Steinway rolled off the first Steinway-Aeolian Duo-Arts in March a century ago. That's quite something to note, but I don't like this acquisition. I don't want Steinway mass-installing these player systems into their pianos, or else they will become Yamaha, although Bosendorfer has had CEUS for a long time. Either way, I really hope that not only does Steinway "keep a certain distance" from the LX, but also that they allow these systems to be purchased regardless of the piano's make. In other words, I want them to let the LX stand something like the QRS systems, not the exclusive Disklavier to Yamaha.

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#2247742 - 03/17/14 02:17 AM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: iObsessed]
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Originally Posted By: iObsessed
I don't want Steinway mass-installing these player systems into their pianos, or else they will become Yamaha

What's wrong with that?
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#2247753 - 03/17/14 03:02 AM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
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I think this is a smart move for Steinway, for obvious reasons. However, I hope that it remains available as a retrofit to other pianos. There is nothing else like it. Perhaps some of our members who are currently LX installers will comment.
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#2247976 - 03/17/14 03:59 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: beethoven986]
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Originally Posted By: beethoven986
.. I hope that it remains available as a retrofit to other pianos.....
Nope. It will be a Steinway exclusive. Once the retro-fit kits in stock are sold out, that will be it for non-Steinway factory installs.
Buy now or hold your peace forever... wink
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#2248002 - 03/17/14 05:03 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Supply]
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Originally Posted By: Supply
Originally Posted By: beethoven986
.. I hope that it remains available as a retrofit to other pianos.....
Nope. It will be a Steinway exclusive. Once the retro-fit kits in stock are sold out, that will be it for non-Steinway factory installs.
Buy now or hold your peace forever... wink


That... sucks. Lol.
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#2248006 - 03/17/14 05:13 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: beethoven986]
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Originally Posted By: beethoven986
Originally Posted By: Supply
Originally Posted By: beethoven986
.. I hope that it remains available as a retrofit to other pianos.....
Nope. It will be a Steinway exclusive. Once the retro-fit kits in stock are sold out, that will be it for non-Steinway factory installs.
Buy now or hold your peace forever... wink


That... sucks. Lol.


Isn't it also a dumb business mistake? They're just giving away the retrofit market to competitors.
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#2248035 - 03/17/14 06:19 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
Withindale Offline
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As a matter of interest, what is the source of this news?
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#2248059 - 03/17/14 07:06 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
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Oh by the way, will the LX work with upright pianos? I really hope there's a variant for uprights.

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#2248061 - 03/17/14 07:13 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
RoyP Offline
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Loc: Cincinnati, Ohio
I can confirm the news, having talked with Wayne last week. I called to order a couple kits, and think that I bought the last one. He said that they will only be factory installed on Steinways now. I inquired about the shift pedal solenoid, and he said that they were no longer available. So, apparently that was part of the Steinway deal.
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#2248066 - 03/17/14 07:32 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: iObsessed]
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Originally Posted By: iObsessed
Oh by the way, will the LX work with upright pianos? I really hope there's a variant for uprights.


The LX could be installed on uprights. But, it's a mute point if they are no longer available. I think that it's a great move for Steinway, and I hope that Wayne made out well on the deal. Personally, I don't like it because I will now longer have LX's to sell. But I doubt they were flying off the shelves as retrofit kits. I found them tough to sell due to price. It's a great system, but I wasn't able to sell many.
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#2248262 - 03/18/14 08:55 AM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: JohnSprung]
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Originally Posted By: JohnSprung

Isn't it also a dumb business mistake? They're just giving away the retrofit market to competitors.


Not at all. This is SOP (standard operating procedure)for Steinway for many decades. They will have a few design features changed, come up with a beautifully marketable name, disconnect Wayne with the product in their marketing, bump up the price by many thousands, and sell to Steinway buyers in the same chic that Essex and Boston pianos are sold.

This is par for the course. It actually would not surprise me if Wayne could sell his own systems in the future under another name and company. We'll see.

Good move Steinway.
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#2248320 - 03/18/14 11:20 AM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Rich Galassini]
MiguelAngel07 Offline
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Rich Galassini's post makes perfect sense to me. Let's hope that he is right and that some form of Wayne's LX system will eventually be available again as a retrofit.

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#2248325 - 03/18/14 11:48 AM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
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I keep thinking of the example of the Lyngdorf stereo systems. A little word manipulation and anything is possible. After all, the LXii System may appear shortly.

It will be interesting to see if it will be available on Boston, Essex, and Lang Lang, too.
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#2248347 - 03/18/14 12:12 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
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I expect you are right, Rich. Hopefully, the current LX's will be able to play whatever music Steinway produces. If not, there is plenty of music currently available.
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#2248568 - 03/18/14 07:47 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Rich Galassini]
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Originally Posted By: Rich Galassini
This is par for the course. It actually would not surprise me if Wayne could sell his own systems in the future under another name and company. We'll see.


I guess it depends on the duration of the non-comp clause....
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#2248649 - 03/18/14 10:26 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
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Live Performance LX retrofit kits will be available through a select group of five installers (fortunately, I am one) located in the west, central, east and southern parts of the continental U.S.
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#2248740 - 03/19/14 06:16 AM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: court_lannom]
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Originally Posted By: court_lannom
Live Performance LX retrofit kits will be available through a select group of five installers (fortunately, I am one) located in the west, central, east and southern parts of the continental U.S.


Thank you for that Court. This is a pleasant surprise to me as Steinway has always sought to buy exclusivity when they went into an agreement like this one.

The publicity (and hopefully development) of the LX by Steinway ought to be very good for your business.

Are you aware of any exclusive features that the Steinway system will have over what you install or are they to remain identical? This might not be a fair question and I understand if you do not yet know the answer.
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#2249522 - 03/20/14 03:09 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
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Congratulations, Court! Evidently, I didn't have the full story. But that's ok. I didn't think that I would have LX's available to install before, and I still won't, so nothing has really changed. I didn't sell very many, so I can't really complain. The player market hasn't been very robust around here the past few years, even for the less expensive ones. I will be happy with my final order.
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#2261831 - 04/14/14 11:30 PM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
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Better late then never in congratulating Wayne Stahnke and Steinway on the recent acquisition. We have two of the premier names in the Piano industry joining together. Steinway should consider themselves very lucky to be able to represent such an incredible product. For the record, there is a small group of technicians called the "loyal installers" who have been granted the rights from Steinway to purchase and install LX systems. For those who consider themselves sophisticated listeners of great piano performances, your opportunity is still available.
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#2261847 - 04/15/14 12:06 AM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
Ed McMorrow, RPT Offline
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Interesting news. Did Steinway give you that in writing? And did they raise prices?
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#2262016 - 04/15/14 08:35 AM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Majestic Piano Works]
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Originally Posted By: Majestic Piano Works
Steinway should consider themselves very lucky to be able to represent such an incredible product.

Actually, it's the other way around.
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#2262081 - 04/15/14 11:17 AM Re: New Owners of Wayne Stahnke's LX System--STEINWAY! [Re: Grandpianoman]
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Now, if Steinway is really smart, they would make the system available on factory rebuilt pianos!
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