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Steinway & Sons Model A-III 6’4-1/2” Grand

“Stretch" A, Built In New York City, 1917


Steinway A
The “stretch A” grands were only made from 1915 to 1940. These pianos are highly sought after. At just over 6’4”, the A-III has what many consider to be the finest scale design ever produced by Steinway & Sons. The Stretch A gives you a semi-concert grand level of power and dynamic range, akin to a Model B, but with a more balanced cello register, a thundering bass, and the classic, singing bell tones in the melodic section. These pianos were so well-designed by Steinway’s chief engineer, Henry Ziegler, they outsold the Model B in their day.

This particular piano was built at the height of the Golden Era, in 1917, at the New York factory. It still has its original old-growth Adirondack Spruce soundboard, with plenty of crown intact.

This is a one-of-a-kind custom piano with several unique features:


Custom-balanced action with a certified Stanwood Precision Touch Design

New 2023 Abel custom-fabricated bamboo hammer shanks (stable, light, sustainably sourced)

New 2023 Abel custom-made Natural Felt hammers with bamboo moldings (BIO-FELT, no harsh chemicals, no carbonization, leaving all the natural lanolin intact)

New 2023 Erwin’s Piano Restoration custom-made wippens

New 2023 Steinway let-off buttons and new Renner flange screws

Keyframe restored and re-felted, keys re-bushed with English bushing cloth

Replacement German acrylic key coverings

Soundboard, Pinblock and Strings:

Original shimmed soundboard in excellent condition with long sustain

Original bridge caps in excellent condition

Replacement full-fit Steinway-style multi-laminated pinblock

Replacement Steinway factory tuning pins

Replacement Steinway factory bass strings and Røslau plain wire strings

Dampers and Pedals:

Replacement Steinway factory damper felts

Restored damper heads

Restored damper under lever system, pedal mechanism & trap-work


Cast-iron frame refinished and re-lettered

Nickel hardware

Hand-rubbed polished gloss ebony traditional lacquer finish (rare to find a NY Steinway with a hand-rubbed gloss finish, most are refinished in satin)

Dampp-Chaser Piano Life Saver System Installed

Compare at $119,400 for a new Steinway & Sons Model A-II 6’2” Grand

This instrument is kept in our climate-controlled showroom at 68° F (20° Celsius) with 50% relative humidity, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Price: $42,500 USD
Ad #: 53855
Manufacturer: Steinway & Sons
Model: A-3
Serial #: 176312
Year: 1917
Length: 6'4"
Finish: Gloss
Color/Wood: Ebony
City/State: Quincy, Massachusetts
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Posted: 09/18/2023
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