Steinway's grand pianos have been mass manufactured by hand in New York since 1853, but came to life in 1836 when cabinetmaker Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg built the first in his kitchen in Germany. He built nearly 500 in the next decade and, in 1850, used the proceeds to move his family to the U.S. In 1853, his family changed its name to Steinway, founded Steinway & Sons in a Manhattan loft on Varick Street and remained in the city ever since. Just remember the next time you see a great pianist sitting at a Steinway grand piano playing Chopin that they're playing one of the most beautiful pieces of cabinetry ever created.
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