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Behind the scenes at Steinway and Sons’ piano factory

An inside look at the making of a grand piano

Ever wonder what goes behind the making of a piano? Curbed got an inside look at how a Steinway and Sons piano is made in their New York factory.

As one of the leading manufacturers of pianos, the company takes great pride in its manufacturing process. Steinway produces about 1,000 pianos every year, and they are built by 300 skilled craftspeople.

A Steinway and Sons grand piano has 12,116 parts. The wood used for the pianos has to be dried and seasoned for two years before it can even be used. Each piano has over 200 strings, and the soundboard can withstand up to 1,000 pounds of force.