Through improvements in soundboard materials, design and craftsmanship, new Steinways boast improved sustain, warmer resonance, and a wider tonal color palette than previous generations of Steinways.
The Steinway Diaphragmatic Soundboard is based on an innovative patent to achieve optimum performance in dynamic range and maximum sustain. Under this patent, the soundboard is gradually tapered from the center to the edge, permitting freedom of movement and creating a sound of unparalleled richness, sonority, and sustain.
Today, our soundboard spruce is sourced entirely from one singular island in Alaska, the only location that meets our stringent specifications. This unique micro-climate provides spruce with the highest quality grain density, direction and color thus improving the transmission of tonal string vibrations. In recent years, specifications have been tightened on grain angularity and grain direction with no more than +/- 15 degrees off of 90-degree vertical grain being allowed, making for a superiorly uniform soundboard.
We recently implemented state-of-the-art machinery and conditioning rooms to more precisely meet the specifications of our soundboard design. Beginning in 2021, a new custom-five-axis piano-rim machining center will achieve an unparalleled fit between the soundboard and the rim, ensuring pristine resonance, tonal color and purity of sound.
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