Stein Upright Piano

Description (Brief)
This upright piano was made by André Stein in Vienna, Austria around 1810. This is a “giraffe” piano, the upright grand favored in Germany and Austria. It is a grand piano standing on its head, with the right side of the case following the usual shape of a grand. The scroll at the top reminded people of a giraffe, and the word became a technical term for this type of piano. This piano has a compass of FF-f4, hanging Viennese action, leather hammers, brass strings double-strung FF-D, iron strings triple-strung G#-f4, 6 pedals: bassoon, dampers, moderator (3rd and 4th pedals), Janissary, keyboard shift, wood frame, and a mahogany veneer case with silk front panels.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Stein, Andre
Physical Description
iron (strings: material)
leather (hammers: material)
wood (frame: material)
mahogany veneer, silked (case: material)
overall: 214.7 cm x 114.5 cm x 59.6 cm; 84 1/2 in x 45 1/16 in x 23 7/16 in
Place Made
Österreich: Wien, Vienna
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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