Manhattan School of Music orders Steinway pianos

“Owning a fleet of pianos is like owning a fleet of trucks,” Sirota explained, in his office. When he took his post, five years ago, he noticed that many of the school’s pianos—a ragbag of Yamahas, Baldwins, Bechsteins, and Mason & Hamlins—were looking (and sounding) battered. “One year’s usage of a piano in a practice room here is the equivalent of twenty years in a normal home, so we had pianos that had literally centuries of normal usage,” he said. For the upgrade, Sirota decided to buy all Steinways, for reasons that included frame design, durability (“They can take a lot of beating”), and proximity—Steinway & Sons has locations in Astoria and on Fifty-seventh Street, where, the previous day, the seventeen pianos had been prepped and loaded into trucks.

via Manhattan School of Music orders Steinway pianos : The New Yorker.

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