The Steinway & Sons New York Factory

Gluing the Cabinet

Cabinet Held in place for Glue to dryAfter the rim-bending process, the cabinet is held in place with beams and clamps until the glue dries. The drying time can last up to 72 hours or more.

Steinway is credited with the design and development of a continuous rim made of between 12 and 18 laminates glued together to make a single piece. This design innovation not only enhances the strength of the cabinet, but it is also said to enhance the piano's sound transmission. Such advances in design are why Steinway grand and baby grand pianos provide such long lasting quality and endurance. They are why people expect Steinway pianos to pass from generation to generation.