NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steinway & Sons, makers of
the finest pianos in the world, is proud to announce the unveiling of a
one-of-a-kind instrument: a miniature replica of the historic 1903
Steinway White House grand piano. Created by master artist Paul
Gentile, the miniature piano represents more than sixteen years of
meticulous design, production, and finishing. It is a fully-functional
1:7 scale grand piano, the first non-company instrument ever to earn
the designation of Steinway & Sons piano. The piano is offered for sale
at a seven-figure price point.
The original 1903 Steinway White House piano served through the
administrations of Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson,
Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin
Roosevelt; it was then donated to the Smithsonian Institution's
National Museum of American History. Paul Gentile's 1:7 miniature of
this legendary instrument stays true to every single aspect of the
piano's mechanical construction and artistic finishing. Working by hand
and often with the aid of a jeweler's loupe, Gentile replicated the
thousands of parts required to build an actionable Steinway piano. For
many of these parts, he had to first build miniature tooling, including
a scale replica of the venerable rim press devised and patented by the
Steinway family in the 1870s.
Gentile finished the art case of the piano with a meticulously-crafted
replica of the original instrument, complete with its exquisite
Impressionistic top mural, intricate carvings, expansive gilding, and
ornate legs. The final piece is an homage to an iconic piece of musical
tradition and American history.
"Everybody in the world wants to be like Steinway," Gentile said, "and
the reason why Steinway is successful, why they've been around this
long and are still going strong, is because they've done it right.
They've created something that works and works well. This level of
integrity is acquired through many, many years of experience. Knowing
that, and having the opportunity to work with people who think the same
way I do as far as maintaining standards of the highest level--that was
something that I related to."
"There are more than 12,000 parts in a Steinway grand piano, and Paul
replicated each one of those 12,000 parts by hand to make a working
model of a Steinway concert grand piano," said Ron Losby, President,
Steinway & Sons - Americas. "It's very hard to put a monetary value on
this item, since there is literally nothing else like it in the world."
Steinway & Sons has recognized the Paul Gentile miniature piano as an
official Steinway & Sons piano. "All these years the company has been
so patient, and as an end result they've come to the conclusion that I
did it, that I actually captured the essence of Steinway," Gentile
said. "I didn't know I could actually do that. It's like going beyond
the sound barrier."
To view a short documentary on the Paul Gentile Steinway White House
Piano in Miniature, visit www.youtube.com/SteinwayOfficial. and for
more information on the piano, visit http://mini.steinway.com.