The Coach House Guide to Steinway Grand Piano Sizes

By Lucy Maddox - September 04, 2019

A full-sized concert grand is a very impressive looking piano, but what is important when considering buying a piano is how the instrument will sound in the space in which you’ll play it.

 

                                                             Steinway Model S

 

                                                             Steinway Model D

 

 

A concert hall is a much larger space to fill with sound than a living room and mid-sized theatres and churches normally suit a medium or semi-concert grand.

 

 

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Size has no bearing on quality and all Steinway models are hand-crafted to an exceptional standard.

 

So, if you are looking for a grand piano, whatever sized space you have, we can provide a quality instrument to suit you.

 

Below is a quick guide to the different Steinway grand piano models:

 

Steinway Models

 

 

MODEL S

 

Model S - 155

‘Baby Grand’

 

Length 5' 1" (155 cm)

Width 4' 9.5" (146.5 cm)

26 Bass Notes

 

The smallest in the range of Steinway’s grands, the model S was designed in the 1930s to allow the Steinway sound into any space.

 

“Probably the central thing about Steinway for me is the singing, sustaining tone... The tone that has personality, that's human, that's not ‘just a sound’ but seems to have a kind of life of its own.”

JEREMY DENK

STEINWAY ARTIST

 

 

MODEL M

 

Model M - 170

‘Medium Grand’

 

Length 5' 7" (170 cm)

Width 4' 9.5" (146.5 cm)

26 Bass Notes

 

A perfect size for homes and conservatoires alike, the model M offers a rich tone, responsive action and sensitive mechanics, making it a dream to play.

 

“The Steinway is the standard by which all other people's pianos are judged.”

BILL CHARLAP

STEINWAY ARTIST

 

 

 

MODEL O

 

Model O - 180 

'Living Room Grand'

 

Length 5' 10" (180 cm)

Width 4' 9.5" (146.5 cm)

26 Bass Notes

 

The largest of Steinway’s “small grands”, the model O offers a rich tone in any sized home. They differ from the salon and concert grands only in terms of the shorter body, not in terms of quality of sound.

 

“Due to the virtues of the Steinway piano, I feel absolutely at ease by conveying all my musical feelings through this incomparable instrument.”

DANIEL BARENBOIM

STEINWAY ARTIST

 

 

MODEL A

 

Model A - 188

‘Salon Grand’

 

Length 6' 2" (188 cm)

Width 4' 10" (148cm)

20 Bass Notes

 

With the resonance of a larger model, having rich tonal colours and a full bass, this medium-sized model A delivers a superb sound.

 

“Owing to its perfection, the Steinway gives the pianist, wherever he plays, absolute security.”

PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD

STEINWAY ARTIST

 

 

MODEL B

 

Model B - 211

‘Classic Grand’

 

Length 6' 11" (211 cm)

Width 4' 10" (148 cm)

20 Bass Notes

 

Known among many as the “perfect piano”, the model B is balanced and versatile, ideal for mid-sized venues and popular with many studios and schools all around the world.

 

“I insist on a Steinway for my recordings, my concerts and my home. It is the only piano I want to hear my music played on.”

MICHEL LEGRAND

STEINWAY ARTIST


                                               

MODEL C

 

Model C - 227

‘Semi-concert Grand’

 

Length 7' 5" (227 cm)

Width 5' 1" (155cm)

20 Bass Notes 

 

The often-overlooked model C provides the exceptional quality expected of golden era Steinway grands.



MODEL D

 

Model D - 274

‘Concert Grand’

 

Length  8' 10" (274 cm)

Width 5' 2" (157 cm)

20 Bass notes

 

The largest in the range of Steinway’s grands, the model D is the #1 choice for many concert pianists with many believing this concert grand to be the pinnacle of performance pianos.

 

“Once you start playing on a Steinway Model D, then you play differently. They are a different animal. And that is a privilege to have.”

MITSUKO UCHIDA

STEINWAY ARTIST

 

 

If you would like help deciding which piano size is right for you, then please get in touch.

 

We even provide piano templates. These are paper cut outs of an actual-sized piano model (eg. Steinway Model D) that you can lay out on the floor to see how much space it will cover. 

 

To request a piano template for a Steinway model(s), or any other piano, please submit your details below:

 

 

 

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