These close-grained lines enable the sound-producing energy to travel more efficiently to the end of the soundboard.
The soundboard is a critical component in producing the inimitable “Steinway Sound” you desire.
Close-grained, quarter-sawn Sitka spruce, with a prescribed minimum number of annual growth rings is the wood used for Steinway soundboards.
As you can see, there is a significant cost difference between genuine Steinway parts and non-Steinway or “Steinway style” parts and this is the reason why there is such a great deal of confusion when shopping for a used Steinway piano.
The soundboard lies at the heart of a Steinway grand or upright piano, which is why Steinway & Sons takes great care in its design and in the selection of the wood used.
When shopping for a used Steinway piano, you will want to take into consideration its age.