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New York Production Models
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The Steinway Model C is a smaller version of the concert grand model D piano. Now comparable to the Model B, in its time the Model C was referred to as a "semi-concert grand" and was a very popular model during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In its time, the U. S. version of the Model C was advertised as a perfect piano for small to medium sized concert halls (e.g. 200 seat halls). The Model C-227 is currently still in production at the Hamburg factory.
Concerning the older, New York Model C, this piano is well worth repair and restoration efforts. With many grand pianos from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Steinway grand pianos, professional restoration often includes a new Sitka tongue and groove soundboard, new strings, new blue diamond pins, a reset plate, new agraffes, a restored capo d'astro bar, new air-dried rock maple bridges and bridge pins, new pinblock and damper system, new keyframe and keysticks, replaced hammers, shanks, wippens, flanges, letoff buttons, etc. The restoration will usually also include a complete action fitting, action regulation, complete tone regulation and voicing, complete refinishing of the case to restore the piano's original finish. New leather buttons, new fallboard decal and any needed veneer repair.
Source: Fine, Larry (1990). The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano, 2nd ed. Boston: Bookside Press.