Music: Family Pride

The first Steinway piano took eleven years to build; it was just a sideline for Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, cabinetmaker in the German town of Seesen after the Napoleonic wars. But it turned out to be the best piano in Seesen. Heinrich Steinweg and his sons gave up cabinetmaking and decided to make the best pianos in the world.

Since then, a distinguished company of piano players, from Paderewski and Rachmaninoff to Fats Waller and Jimmy Durante, have hailed their decision. In Carnegie Hall this week, an S.R.O. crowd met to hail some more. On...

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