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88 keys : the making of a Steinway piano

Author: Miles Chapin; Rodica Prato
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter Publishers, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Beloved by concert performers and amateur enthusiasts alike, the Steinway piano is the most complicated piece of machinery made by hand in the world today. Remarkably, it is still being manufactured at the Long Island City, New York, factory that has been its home for more than 125 years. Now Miles Chapin, great-great-grandson of founder Henry Engelhard Steinway, takes you on a journey through the making of the
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Chapin, Miles.
88 keys.
New York : Clarkson Potter Publishers, ©1997
(OCoLC)639643612
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Miles Chapin; Rodica Prato
ISBN: 0517703564 9780517703564
OCLC Number: 37221039
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 143 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Introduction --
A brief history of the instrument and its makers --
Materials --
The soundboard, the bridge, and the physics of sound --
The keyboard and the action --
The rim and the case --
The harp and the strings --
Assembly --
Voicing --
Finishing --
Aria da capo --
Appendix.
Other Titles: Eighty-eight keys
Responsibility: by Miles Chapin ; illustrations by Rodica Prato.

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Beloved by concert performers and amateur enthusiasts alike, the Steinway piano is the most complicated piece of machinery made by hand in the world today. Remarkably, it is still being manufactured at the Long Island City, New York, factory that has been its home for more than 125 years. Now Miles Chapin, great-great-grandson of founder Henry Engelhard Steinway, takes you on a journey through the making of the world's greatest musical instrument, from the selection and aging of wood to the delicate voicing of the finished instrument.

Along the way, we meet the strong men who bend grand piano rims to their trademark curve, the "belly men" who fit the metal harp to the wooden frame, the carvers who shape the piano's legs and pedal lyre, and the many other craftsmen who have perfected their specialized contributions to the finished product. In this lively history, complete with musical time line, Chapin explains how the grand piano got that way, and how Steinway & Sons achieved greatness by combining innovation and a love of quality with a philosophy of service and dedication to individual musicians that makes each piano a unique work of art.

A glossary gives all the necessary definitions for technical terms, and for those who long for a piano of their own, Chapin provides addresses and information on how to buy a piano.

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