The Essex incorporates the latest design and engineering enhancements from Steinway’s dedicated research and development team. By utilizing specially engineered materials and carefully selected manufacturing environments, the Essex is able to deliver a level of musical performance previously unattainable in its price range.
With the Essex, you get more than the best possible value for your money. You also enjoy complete investment assurance, as each Essex is backed by Steinway.
The Steinway–designed soundboard — solid, not laminated — is tapered (rather than uniformly thick), to vibrate more freely and provide more tonal volume. Essex pianos have a Steinway–designed, all wood (no plastic) action for proven durability and heightened responsiveness and control. In addition, all Essex pianos feature Steinway–designed strings, plate, backposts/braces, and bridges, as well as many Steinway–specified parts and manufacture procedures. As a result, the Essex is, quite simply, the best piano available in its price range today.
Height: 123 cm (48½")
Width: 151 cm – 152 cm (59½" – 59¾")
Depth: 67 cm (26½")
Net Weight: 255 kg (561 lb)
Staggered spruce backposts (5). Total CSA: 500 cm2 (77.5 in2). Thickness of post: 10 cm. Width of post: 10 cm.
Laminated bi-directional Maple. Thickness: 35 mm.
Solid spruce. Linear taper. Vibrating area: 1.26 m2 (1,948 in2)
Ribs notched into inner rim (no floating ribs). Ribs made of spruce and staggered/graduated. Number of ribs: 11
Vertically laminated maple base with solid maple cap.
Designed by STEINWAY. 16,695 kg (36,730 lb) tension.
Cast iron, painted with Steinway Gold.
Carbon steel nickel coating.
Roslau wire. Number of sizes of treble strings: 14. Lowest tenor note: 27. Number 1 speaking length: 114 cm (44.9")
Specified by STEINWAY. Weight of topfelt: 7 kg (15 lb).
All wood (no plastic) for all moving parts. Aluminum action rails.
STEINWAY design. Spruce.
Lauan, maple, spruce.
Brass. Soft (half-blow), muffler, and sustain (damper) pedals.
All-wood back construction (no MDF except in cabinet parts). Solid filler blocks in backframe (near top).
Backposts are large and staggered. Bench: Matching cushioned bench.