The EGP-173C or “Classic Grand”
is the style by which all others
are judged. This Classic Sheraton
design has withstood the test of
time for over 100 years since it
was first introduced by
Steinway & Sons in 1900.
Designed by Steinway & Sons, the Essex has been created as a tribute to the idea that beautiful piano styles and finishes can and should be possible in every price range. With elegant traditional styling and museum-quality finishes, Essex will be a stunning addition to your home.
Essex EGP-173C Features
- Full Sostenuto System
- Classic Spade Legs and Leg Tops
- Double Prop Stick Fold-back Grand Toplid
- Classic Sheraton Design
- Fall board with Fold-Down Lip
- Slow-fall Fallboard
- Ebony Polish Finish
The special case of the grand piano, called the rim, reveals the design legacy of Steinway & Sons behind the Essex. The rim contributes to the stability of the piano, offering support for the soundboard. The Essex grand piano outer rim is made of laminations of European Maple (Acer platanoides) while the inner rim is made of laminated European Beech (Fagus sylvatica).
The wide-tail design featured on all Essex grands is a special innovation by Steinway & Sons that creates 6% more surface area in the soundboard. This enriches the sound, giving the pianist the impression of playing on a larger instrument. The larger soundboard area also allows for better placement of the bass bridge — which yields more volume, greater tone, and a bass that sings.
Like all pianos designed by Steinway & Sons, the Essex contains a soundboard of solid, premium grade, straight-grained spruce chosen for its superb acoustic qualities. It also features a special tapered profile that is thicker in the treble and thinner in the bass, enabling freer vibration and better tonal volume.
Designed by Steinway & Sons, the plate is cast from gray iron and over engineered to provide strength to support 20 tons of string tension. Long-fiber cast iron creates a very dense plate, which does not absorb energy and yields a fuller tone.
Essex grand hammers are specified by Steinway and made by Imadegawa in Japan using German–made hammer felt and hornbeam moldings. Based on the exclusive designs of Steinway & Sons, the Essex action is made of wood (not plastic) and is characterized by a faster repetition, better stability, and heightened responsivenes — allowing the musician to play with maximum expression and control.
Height: 100 cm (39¼")
Length: 173 cm (5' 8")
Width: 151 cm (59¼")
Net Weight: 309 kg (680 lb)
Classic Case Designed by Steinway & Sons
High Polish: Ebony
Outer rim is made of laminations of European Maple (Acer platanoides) and inner rim is made of laminated European Beech (Fagus sylvatica). Wide tail design (similar to Boston). 22 mm outer rim width, 38 mm inner rim width.
Steinway–like radial bracing. 3 braces.
Laminated bi-directional maple. Thickness: 36 mm.
Solid Spruce. Linear taper. Vibrating area: 1.25 m2 (1,938 in2)
Ribs notched into inner rim (no floating ribs). Ribs made of spruce and staggered/graduated. Number of ribs: 12
Vertically laminated maple base with solid maple cap.
Designed by Steinway. 18,191 kg (40,021 lb) tension.
Cast iron, painted with Steinway Gold.
Carbon steel nickel coating.
Front and rear duplexes designed by Steinway.
Roslau wire. Number of sizes of treble strings: 9. Lowest tenor note: 27. Number 1 speaking length: 130 cm (51.1")
Designed by Steinway. Weight of topfelt: 7 kg (15 lb).
Designed by Steinway. Angled whippen heel. All wood (no plastic) for all moving parts. Extruded aluminum action rails with Steinway rosette.
Steinway design. Spruce.
Brass. Una corda, full sostenuto, and sustain (damper) pedals.
Slow-fall Fallboard. Fold-down fallboard lip. Matching cushioned bench.
The Steinway-designed Essex piano incorporates the latest design specifications and engineering standards from Steinway & Sons. Learn more about why the Essex remains the best choice in its price range for anyone looking for a quality piano at an affordable price.
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