When choosing a Steinway piano we recommend buyers to focus on the character, personality, and soul of the piano. Play a few pieces and listen closely to the bass and the lyrical possibilities on the Steinway. The Steinway bass is renowned for having a deep, rich, and powerful quality. Does the Steinway you're considering respond with this power and richness?
As you move along to the middle and higher registers of the Steinway, does the piano sing with ease and the legato flow seamlessly? Does the tone simulate vibrato? Instruments like the violin or even voice are able to utilize vibrato, swelling and opening up the sound of a single note. By nature, the piano is a percussive instrument that creates sound when you press the keys and the hammers hit the strings. Notes cannot be enhanced beyond that point. However, a truly great Steinway piano simulates a vibrato effect, opening up the sound of a note. You can perceive colors and nuances in the note, adding to the character and personality — does it match your ear? Even a beginner can make this effort to connect with and the piano's sound, and it often pays dividends.
Beyond exploring the character of the piano, size DOES matter. All Steinway buyers should explore the different models for sale to see which is right for your space.