Performance Edition II
Designed by Steinway & Sons, employing the unique patents and expertise that have made the name Steinway synonymous with excellence, Boston UP-120S brings world-class tone and responsiveness all at an amazing price. Available in Ebony Polish
We here at Steinway & Boston recognize the difficult challenges faced in the wake of the recent oubreak of the COVID-19 virus. To better serve our customers, we are now offering online purchasing from the convenience of your home for our most afforable Boston — the UP-120s Performance Edition.
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The Boston European-style case embodies the classic look — with an upper panel that swings open, allowing the tone to escape and providing a large flat surface for sheet music. The case comes with a slow-fall keylid and a middle pedal mute rail.
The Boston school-style case features a horizontal music shelf, top-lid and key-lid locks, and double-rubber casters. It too has a graceful look and includes a bass sustain middle pedal.
High-grade, straight-grained, quarter-sawn spruce is used for the soundboard's 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 was designed to be thicker in the middle and gently tapered to the edges. The Boston soundboard has tapered thickness from bass to treble. A thinner soundboard in the bass area vibrates more freely, resulting in a richer, fuller tone.
Boston backposts are massive — providing a solid foundation for the resonating soundboard and tensioned vibrating strings, thus helping create a beautiful tone. Boston 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.
A Boston Performance Edition exclusive, eleven layers of hard-rock maple (used for its superior hardness, grain and stability properties) are glued in different grain angles of 60 degrees, keeping the tuning pins tight but allowing for fluid motion and enabling better quality and longer lasting tunings.
All-wood action parts, solid spruce keys, synthetic ivories and ebonies, and excellent action geometry work seamlessly together to move the hammers to the strings and create an excellent action-touch. The beautiful tone produced by the steinway–designed Boston hammers enhances the action touch by rewarding the player with a beautiful tone.
Height: 120 cm (47 ⅜")
Width: 151 cm (59 ¼")
Depth: 64 cm (25")
Net Weight: 253 kg (557 lb)
Ebony Polish and Walnut Satin
Solid brass – polished and lacquered.
Five massive full-length laminated spruce posts. Total cross sectional area: 450 cm2 (69.8 in2). Thickness of post: 9 cm (3 ½”). Width of post: 10 cm (4”).
The massive backposts are tenoned into upper and lower mortise rails, creating a substantially strong frame. Backpost locations are staggered for proper support. Solid filler blocks and maple backboards make this back frame assembly even stronger. A grand-style hardwood closing rim is attached to this foundation, onto which the soundboard and ribs are glued. This structure provides unequaled strength and stability and improved acoustics.
Octagrip™ pinblock made of 11 layers of hard rock maple – glued in different grain angles of 60 degrees – affording the tuning pins greater stability under tension and enabling the piano to stay in tune longer.
Close and straight-grain solid (not laminated) spruce. Minimum 3 annual growth rings per cm (minimum 8 per inch). Tapered from treble to bass, to provide a rich tone in the bass, and a brilliant and crisp tone in the treble, creating a well-balanced and lasting tonal response. Tapered from 9 mm to 7 mm. Vibrating area: 1.01 m2 (1,559 in2). Closing rim evens out the soundboard’s response to all frequencies, eliminating “hot” spots. Emulates shape of grand soundboard.
Made from durable spruce to assure strong and constant support of the strings bearing down on the soundboard. Ribs are fully let-in to the liner to support the important soundboard crown and prevent the piano from losing its tone. Number of ribs: 11
Treble: Vertically laminated hard rock maple with a solid maple cap, curved to fit the crown of the soundboard. Bass: Solid maple mounted to cantilevered base. Doweled, glued, and screwed to soundboard.
Overstrung: Lower tension scale for longer sustaining tone, beautiful tonal clarity and depth, and longer life of the whole piano. 16,006 kg (35,213 lb) tension.
Cast from grey iron, bronze-painted and lacquered.
Nickel-plated steel, cut threaded.
Treble: Highest grade steel (in half size increments). Number of sizes: 10. Lowest tenor note: 29. Bass: Steel core wire wound with solid copper. Number 1 speaking length: 110.0 cm (43.3")
Premium German Würzen topfelt over premium wool underfelt, pressed over hornbeam moldings into Steinway & Sons designed shape, compression-wire reinforced; hammer-shanks from select resilient horn-beam; resulting in superior tone, increased durability and greater voicing ability.
Solid maple (all wood, no plastic) for all moving parts. Extruded aluminum action rails for increased stability and less frequent regulation. Dependable direct-blow design.
Solid spruce, individually balanced and weighted. Phenolic sharps and acrylate white key covers. Length of key: 39.2 cm (15.4”)
Keybed made of spruce and birch. Strong, rugged construction provides a solid mount for the keyframe and action allowing for precise and prolonged action regulation. Keybed thickness is 42mm.
Spruce with hardwood inserts in the balance rail and front rail for added stability.
Soft (half-blow), muffler, and sustain (damper) pedals.
Music desk: Professional solid music desk.
Casters: Double-nylon casters.
Locks: Fallboard and top locks.
Prop Sticks: Top prop sticks.
Bench: Matching wood-top bench.
Steinway & Sons Senior Mechanical Engineer Susan Kenagy on how the Boston piano has inherited the Steinway DNA.
“You can hear the effects of the Steinway & Sons design from one end of the scale to the other.”
Berklee college of music