In this case, the acoustic body is supplied by Steingraeber and incorporates the Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios carbon fibre sound board, a WNG climate resistant carbon fibre/composite action, stainless steel or copper wound bass strings and mammoth tusk key tops.
Dave Holmes of Audio Emporium in the USA wrote of a recording by Eric Himy of works by Schumann on a Steingraeber-Phoenix 272, that “It is likely to be the best piano sound you have ever purchased on a CD” “….the sound is weighty and convincing” Of the same recording Michael Tanner of BBC Music Magazine wrote: “….sound of extraordinary richness but also of refinement.”
A Steingraeber-Phoenix 272 recently won the Bayerische Staatspreis for Innovation in the Arts. Much of the new technology in the piano is licensed in China and America.
The model 272 is available optionally with WNG climate resistant action made of carbon fibre and other composite materials or with a conventional wooden Renner action; with wood or carbon fibre soundboard; with copper or stainless steel wound base strings and with Renner or Abel special premium felt hammers.
Amongst many recital successes a Steingraeber–Phoenix 272 piano was chosen recently by Oliver Poole for his recital of Bach and Rachmaninoff in the Cadogan Hall (London) and two pianos were used by Anthony Zerpa-Falcon and Jon Gyung Park for a two piano performance of “Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals” where new but traditional Steinway house grands were deemed inadequate for the performance by the artists in the challenging acoustics of the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells. The performance achieved great acclaim from a packed house. The Steingraeber-Phoenix is a magnificent instrument for concerto work or solo performance in large or very large venues.
The keyboard is by Aug Laukhuff and the key tops are mammoth tusk ivory as standard. A half blow mechanism can be sequenced to precede or follow the una corda pedal stroke. Optionally the two functions can be combined. The half blow operates without introducing lost motion in the keyboard.
Length 272 cm
Height 102 cm
Width 157 cm
Weight 501 kg