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#2255166 - 04/01/14 06:15 AM Steinway jumping into digital piano market!
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Just got word Steinway is going to start making their own digitals. Looks like they finally got tired of losing so many sales. Should be awesome! Press release link: http://bit.ly/Hzslo7
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#2255169 - 04/01/14 06:35 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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Wow, impressive! Looks like they're using an adapted acoustic piano action too...this could serious challenge the AvantGrands.

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#2255177 - 04/01/14 07:12 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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It is surprising really that they have taken so long to start competing in what is the biggest growth area in pianos. This is completely going to change the way the cards are dealt.
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#2255182 - 04/01/14 07:38 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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Yeah, GOOD ONE.

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#2255184 - 04/01/14 07:41 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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You`ll be tellin` us next Bluthner are doin` the same . . .
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#2255196 - 04/01/14 08:10 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: toddy]
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Originally Posted By: toddy
It is surprising really that they have taken so long to start competing in what is the biggest growth area in pianos.


That's because "they" isn't who they used to be. Henry Steinway died in 2008 and within a year the company fired nearly a third of its employees. Last year a hedge fund bought the company for a half billion dollars. So surely the new management is behind the addition of digital.... if it ever arrives on a non April Fool's Day.


Edited by Turnabout (04/01/14 08:10 AM)

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#2255199 - 04/01/14 08:14 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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Great news, seems about time to ditch my CP5!
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#2255200 - 04/01/14 08:17 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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Odd how their first models appear to be trying to compete in the ultra-portable stage piano market. You'd have thought they'd want to produce something like the V-piano Grand, but it seems they're going after Casio. crazy
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#2255209 - 04/01/14 08:28 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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It looks like they're using a Renner action (sans the damper mechanism). It will have an on-board Mac; which means we can load our own virtual pianos. yippee!

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#2255212 - 04/01/14 08:44 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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I wonder why they decided to go with only 44 keys? Maybe to keep the cost of the Renner action down by splitting it in half to make two DPs.
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#2255217 - 04/01/14 08:54 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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It appears to use 44 keys; however, if you look closer, you will notice that it's really 88 keys with a split point at the middle (notice the small hinges). This folding mechanism makes the piano more portable for gigging musicians. Steinway has definitely covered all the bases. Well done, Steinway!

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#2255221 - 04/01/14 09:03 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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In other news;
Rolls-Royce announced today that they will be entering the moped market.
"The iconic radiator grille presented a minor styling challenge, but we have overcome that", a spokesperson said.


Edited by R_B (04/01/14 09:41 AM)

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#2255236 - 04/01/14 09:34 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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Love how Steinway included the wireless feature on the interface. Push the button on the far left of the keyboard and you're automatically taken to the Piano World Forums! This way, whatever your issue with anything, you can instantly asked for help! And, to top it off, this feature can be routed to the expression pedal!
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#2255243 - 04/01/14 09:47 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Morodiene]
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Originally Posted By: Morodiene
I wonder why they decided to go with only 44 keys?

Well that's why it has 5 pedals. The outermost ones are for octave switching: you hold the left pedal to play notes below middle C, and the right one to play those above. With fast pieces can look like someone pedalling furiously on an exercise bike. smile

And you can't really tell from the pics, but Steinway found in market trials that people didn't really like playing with their hands crossed over most of the time, so they came up with an innovative solution: the note order is actually reversed, so the high notes are on the left and low ones on the right. They admit it takes some getting used-to, but IMO it seems like a good trade-off.
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#2255258 - 04/01/14 10:24 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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pics just in:

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#2255270 - 04/01/14 10:42 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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#2255272 - 04/01/14 10:44 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: peterws]
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Originally Posted By: peterws
You`ll be tellin` us next Bluthner are doin` the same . . .


Actually, Bluthner have done it, but the results aren't very good!!! Seriously, the Steinway one is an April Fool but Bluthners have honestly made something called the E-klavier

http://www.bluthner.co.uk/e-klavier/

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#2255287 - 04/01/14 11:13 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: joe80]
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Originally Posted By: joe80
Originally Posted By: peterws
You`ll be tellin` us next Bluthner are doin` the same . . .


Actually, Bluthner have done it, but the results aren't very good!!! Seriously, the Steinway one is an April Fool but Bluthners have honestly made something called the E-klavier

http://www.bluthner.co.uk/e-klavier/


Well, the sound is awesome in my opinion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tigb6qCTXM8
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#2255310 - 04/01/14 12:19 PM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: R_B]
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Originally Posted By: R_B
Yeah, GOOD ONE.

Tell me again - TOMORROW !!!


LOL.
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#2255332 - 04/01/14 01:05 PM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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There's a rumor that instead of R&D, Steinway will slap a Steinway logo to a Williams piano. Should be a big seller.
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#2255378 - 04/01/14 02:18 PM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: lolatu]
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Originally Posted By: lolatu
pics just in:



You have won the interwebz today!
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#2255444 - 04/01/14 04:41 PM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: lolatu]
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Originally Posted By: lolatu
pics just in:



I am not at all impressed, especially with the typical no haggle Steinway pricing policy. They will likely charge full MSRP of $6,000. However, it would be the lowest cost in joining the Steinway Artist program, as all Steinway artists are required to purchase a Steinway piano. Obviously, they will sell millions.
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#2255503 - 04/01/14 06:22 PM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: 4evrBeginR]
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Germans were always poor on style . . .they could have brought in the Eyeties for that . . . grin Even if it does get made in . . . China (don`t tell anyone)


Edited by peterws (04/01/14 06:24 PM)
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#2255506 - 04/01/14 06:26 PM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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Following the success of Yamaha, and to a lesser degree Suzuki, Kawasaki has announced this week that they will be expanding their musical instrument market:
http://www.target.com/p/kawasaki-music-37-key-musical-keyboard/-/A-10318831

Honda is expected to make a similar announcement later this year.

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#2255509 - 04/01/14 06:30 PM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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Originally Posted By: Scott Hamlin
Press release link: http://bit.ly/Hzslo7


The link is just an April Fool's Day joke... who are you kidding?

There is no Steinway "digital" piano - where's a legit link?

No photos to be found on the Steinway website.

Only a fool is fooled.

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#2255515 - 04/01/14 06:32 PM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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Hilarious!

Thanks for the laugh!
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#2255543 - 04/01/14 07:04 PM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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#2255616 - 04/01/14 08:31 PM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Scott Hamlin]
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Seriously, have you seen the Toyama 165? It's -basically- a Yamaha grand piano designed by Toyota. (See Youtube for videos of the Toyama 165 grand).

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#2255746 - 04/02/14 02:38 AM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: pv88]
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Originally Posted By: pv88
Originally Posted By: Scott Hamlin
Press release link: http://bit.ly/Hzslo7


The link is just an April Fool's Day joke... who are you kidding?

There is no Steinway "digital" piano - where's a legit link?

No photos to be found on the Steinway website.

Only a fool is fooled.


Speechless.
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#2256003 - 04/02/14 03:35 PM Re: Steinway jumping into digital piano market! [Re: Kawai James]
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Originally Posted By: Kawai James
Originally Posted By: pv88
Originally Posted By: Scott Hamlin
Press release link: http://bit.ly/Hzslo7


The link is just an April Fool's Day joke... who are you kidding?

There is no Steinway "digital" piano - where's a legit link?

No photos to be found on the Steinway website.

Only a fool is fooled.


Speechless.


I know. There are no words.
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