Designed by STEINWAY & SONS in collaboration with renowned furniture designer William Faber — the ESSEX upright has been created in the spirit of the STEINWAY heritage as a tribute to the idea that beautiful piano styles and finishes can and should be possible in every price range. With elegant traditional styling and museum-quality finishes, ESSEX will be a stunning addition to your home. The instrument is available in an array of models, sizes, and veneers to fit every décor and lifestyle.
Exceptional sound and incredible value are the basis for every ESSEX upright. Elegant details in molding, finishes, and hardware compliment every home, whether it’s a mid-century apartment, industrial loft or country getaway.
ESSEX uprights come in a variety of case styles, and are well-suited for the spectrum of home decor styles and personal aesthetics. From satin black to aubergine mahagony; brass hardware to nickel; contemporary to classic — the ESSEX line celebrates the marriage of form and function.
High-grade, straight-grained, quarter-sawn spruce is selected for its resonant qualities and high strength-to-mass ratio. The soundboard is solid and not laminated, which creates the best resonance and projection of sound. In 1936, steinway patented the diaphragmatic soundboard, which is thicker in the middle and gently tapered to the edges. The essex soundboard is tapered from bass to treble resulting in a stronger, richer, fuller tone.
Essex backposts are massive — providing a solid foundation for the resonating soundboard and tensioned vibrating strings, thus helping create a beautiful tone, essex backpost locations are staggered — located where the string tension is greatest, instead of neatly equidistant. Massive staggered backposts help provide superb tone and maximum stability, ensuring the piano will last, tunings will be more stable, and piano tone will be enhanced for the years and decades to come.
A low tension string scale design gives a fuller, richer, warmer tone by allowing more of the lower partials to sing.
It also has more sustain, is more powerful, has more dynamic range, and provides warmer and more mellow tones.
All-wood action parts, solid spruce keys, and excellent action geometry work seamlessly together to move the hammers to the strings and to create an excellent action touch. The beautiful tone produced by the Steinway-specified Essex hammers actually enhances the action touch by “giving back” to the player a beautiful tone.
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