Since the very beginning in 2001, PianoCraft owners Shaun Tirrell and Keith Kerman have been committed to offering the best possible pianos to their clients. While some might assume that distinction is determined by price, Shaun and Keith know that’s not always the case. As a result, PianoCraft offers truly great new and pre-owned handcrafted pianos at all price points.
The world’s most limited production piano, Steingraeber and Söhne handcrafts fewer than 100 grand pianos per year for the entire world. Building on Steingraeber’s brilliant combination of superior materials, exceptional design and old world European workmanship, a Steingraeber prepared by PianoCraft becomes an unrivaled instrument of musical expression. Steingraeber has succeeded in overcoming the most difficult of piano manufacturing challenges. By creating instruments that are true extensions of the human body, a Steingraeber allows the pianist direct access to dramatic power and delicate subtlety. A Steingraeber from PianoCraft builds on that genius by enhancing the Steingraeber’s already impressive dynamic range and color variety – qualities unmatched in any other new piano. That’s one reason PianoCraft has been the world’s number one Steingraeber dealer.
Friedrich Grotrian was born in 1803 in Schöningen, Germany, and as a young man lived in Moscow, where he ran a music business and was associated with piano manufacturing. Later in his life he teamed up with C.F. Theodor Steinweg, son of Heinrich Steinweg, to build pianos. Heinrich had emigrated to the U.S. about 1850, soon to establish the firm of Steinway & Sons. Theodor followed in 1865, selling his share in the partnership to Willhelm Grotrian, son of Friedrich, who had died in 1860. Thereafter, the firm became known as Grotrian-Steinweg. (In a legal settlement with Steinway & Sons, Grotrian-Steinweg agreed to use only the name Grotrian on pianos sold in North America.) Even as early as the 1860s, Grotrian pianos were well known and highly respected throughout Europe. Each successive generation of the Grotrian family maintained the company’s high standards and furthered the technical development of the instrument.
Over the past 10 years, Estonia pianos have consistently been recognized as the best value in handcrafted European pianos, costing about half the price of similarly made pianos coming from Germany. While this kind of recognition has helped Estonia develop an almost cult-like following, these pianos outperform the hype. Estonia pianos feature high-performance Renner actions from Stuttgart, Germany which make them a pleasure to play. Estonia Pianos’ specially selected old-growth white spruce soundboards and hand-notched bridges contribute to a tone described as irresistibly romantic and singing. The touch and tone of Estonia grand pianos are only rivaled by their stunning appearance. With expert and detailed prep work, PianoCraft builds on Estonia Pianos’ rare qualities with a level of added refinement enhancing range, color and responsiveness.
Since being founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in the 19th Century, Baldwin has hand crafted grand and upright pianos with a traditional warm and rich American voice. The American-owned Baldwin piano company’s storied history goes back more than 150 years and is rivaled in the United States only by the Boston-era pre-1930 Mason & Hamlin and by Steinway. PianoCraft’s official relationship with Baldwin dates to the early 2000s when Baldwin hired PianoCraft to do concert and artist work for Baldwin and Baldwin artists in the Baltimore – Washington DC, Northern Virginia metropolitan areas at venues such as the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Hall. PianoCraft goes the extra mile by fine tuning each Baldwin piano we sell. This unique approach results in pianos feeling and sounding considerably better. New Baldwins from PianoCraft are an unbeatable value costing less than half of what equivalent mass-produced pianos of the far east normally cost. PianoCraft is pleased to be the official authorized Baldwin piano dealer for the Washington DC metropolitan area as well as Montgomery County Maryland and Northern Virginia.
What happens when a legendary piano manufacturer – C. Bechstein – and one of the world’s best music technology companies – Casio – team up? The Celviano Hybrid Grand. More than a digital piano, it’s a revolutionary piano experience designed in collaboration with C. Bechstein and Casio. The Celviano Hybrid Grand is the perfect combination of tradition and innovation. Celviano’s Natural Grand Hammer Action keyboard is made with full-length wooden concert grand piano keys, using the same materials and processes as the C. Bechstein concert grand pianos. A keypress sends a hammer along the same vertical path as a grand piano, with the same essential weighting and pivot points, resulting in a true and uncompromising piano touch. Casio’s new Air Grand Sound Source provides not just one, but three of the world’s finest grand pianos – “Berlin”, “Vienna” and “New York”. They are faithful and expressive recreations of these distinctive pianos. String/damper resonance, mechanical sounds, and other subtle nuances complete the experience of owning three of the finest pianos on Earth.