While few would deny that Steinway is among the best pianos in the world, there are perhaps some that would claim that Steinway's preeminance as the the piano used in the overwhelming number of concerts by professionals is not due to their overwhelming superiority as an instrument, but because of all the benefits in being a Steinway artist- availability and choice of pianos, technical support, costs (or lack of them), etc. If all the piano manufacturers could offer the exact same benefits, what percentage of SOLO recitals do you think would be on Steinways and what other pianos would be their main competition? I phrased my question in terms of solo recitals because my impression is that some pianists might choose a Steinway when playing a concerto because it may have greater carrying power over an orchestra. I think that it would be useful to all readers to identify yourself in your reply as a piano dealer (and which makes you sell), professional pianist, Steinway artist, technician, etc. if you fall in one of those categories. I myself am simply an interested amateur.