Steinway & Sons
Steinway Place, Astoria
One of the world’s most highly acclaimed—and best-selling—pianos is crafted in Astoria at the Steinway & Sons factory. Each Steinway grand or upright piano consists of more than 12,000 individual parts. The Steinway piano has a reputation for being not only an instrument of great craftsmanship, but also a work of art.
The company was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft, but Steinway & Sons eventually opened a factory in Astoria. The craftsmanship involved in building a Steinway piano has been handed down from master to apprentice and generation to generation. Over time, the Steinway has become the top choice for approximately 98 percent of concert pianists.
The factory offers tours on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. from September through the end of June for a maximum of 16 people at a time. Tours must be booked in advance. Visitors to the factory will be able to witness the making of a Steinway piano from wood selection to polishing and a final tuning.