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Steinway Searches for Oldest Pianos

This year Steinway & Sons celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary-that’s 150 years-and to commemorate a century and a half of piano building (which has produced over half a million pianos), the company is conducting a search for both the oldest Steinway grand and upright in existence.

If you happen to have an old beater of a Steinway laying around your home, or if you know someone who does, simply write down its serial number, which is located on the lower interior of the piano’s cast iron plate, and give it to your local Steinway dealer by May 1, 2003. Steinway has maintained a record of every piano it has ever built that includes the day a piano was completed, its style, the name of the craftsman who worked on it, as well as where and to whom it was sold. So they’re in good shape to find out exactly which pianos registered in the search are the oldest.

Besides the pride that comes with knowing that your Steinway is the oldest in the land, the owners of the oldest Steinways will be given the opportunity to have the instrument restored. Or, if they’d rather have a shiny new Steinway, the company will trade for a comparable model. In addition, the oldest Steinway grand and upright piano will be publicly announced in June at Carnegie Hall during a three-night series of classical, jazz and pop concerts performed by Steinway artists to celebrate the anniversary.

Authorized Steinway & Sons dealer organizations can be located by calling 1-800-345-5086. If you’re way out in the boonies and can’t get to a dealer, you can send a postcard with their name, address, phone number, e-mail and the piano serial number to:

“Search for the Oldest Steinway”

c/o Steinway & Sons

One Steinway Place

Long Island City, NY 11105

If you visit an authorized dealership before April 15, you can also enter Steinway’s “Musical Experience of a Lifetime” sweepstakes to win an all expenses paid trip for two to the Carnegie Hall concerts, June 5-7, 2003.

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