ESSEX UPRIGHTS

The entry into the STEINWAY family of uprights — designed by STEINWAY & SONS in collaboration with renowned furniture designer William Faber — the Essex upright has been created in the spirit of the STEINWAY heritage 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. The instrument is available in an array of models, sizes, and veneers to fit every décor and lifestyle.

SOUND & style

Exceptional sound and incredible value are the basis for every Essex upright. Elegant details in molding, finishes, and hardware compliment every home, whether it’s a mid-century apartment, industrial loft or country getaway.

  • Classic Studio — classic look, straight legs, brass or nickel hardware
  • Empire Studio — fluted legs & pilasters, stately detailing
  • French Formal — carved cabriole legs, elegant detailing throughout
  • Contemporary — modern style, featuring deep aubergine color and nickel hardware
  • English Country — ornamental details, lustrous satin finish
  • Queen Anne — beautiful hand-carved relief details
  • Continental — distinctive legless style
  • Institutional Studio — performance and durability

explore THE ESSEX UPRIGHT

Essex uprights come in a variety of case styles, and are well-suited for the spectrum of home décor styles and personal aesthetics. From satin black to aubergine mahagony; brass hardware to nickel; contemporary to classic — the Essex line celebrates the marriage of form and function.

High-grade, straight-grained, quarter-sawn spruce is selected for its 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 is thicker in the middle and gently tapered to the edges. The Essex soundboard is tapered from bass to treble resulting in a stronger, richer, fuller tone.

Essex backposts are massive — providing a solid foundation for the resonating soundboard and tensioned vibrating strings, thus helping create a beautiful tone. Essex 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, designed by Steinway, 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.

All-wood action parts, solid spruce keys, and excellent action geometry work seamlessly together to move the hammers to the strings and to create an excellent action touch. The beautiful tone produced by the Steinway–specified Essex hammers actually enhances the action touch by “giving back” to the player a beautiful tone.

THE MODEL THAT IS right FOR YOU

Essex EUP-123 S Institutional Studio

A nicely balanced upright piano with a cabinet that is especially designed for institutional use.
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Essex EUP-123 FL Empire Studio

This upright piano has an elegant design and a strong visual presence that would be in keeping with nearly all styles of decoration.
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Essex EUP-123 E Classic Studio

A balanced upright piano with elegantly proportioned, straight legs. Its traditional design will enrich a wide variety of decorative styles.
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Essex EUP-116 E

With its traditional design and a wide range of veneers, this piano will do justice to the most diverse styles.
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Essex EUP-111 E Classic Studio

This piano is the perfect choice for every home. Its classic design means it can take its place in a wide range of interior styles.
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Essex EUP-108 C Continental

The continental styling of this upright piano is at home in any décor. The contemporary design offers distinctive and stylish elegance at an affordable price.
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