For Those Whose Desire For a Used Steinway Piano is 100% Genuine

We at Michelle’s Piano Company have encountered many people looking for a used Steinway for their home or their studio.  Unfortunately, many people are simply misinformed when purchasing a used Steinway  and then make an unwise decision in the purchase of such an instrument.  Steinway & Son of New York strongly recommend when considering the purchase of a used Steinway that you look to one of their appointed partners in your geographic areas.

Simply put, you can only purchase a used Steinway piano with confidence from the authorized Steinway representative with true peace of mind.  Perhaps, I can use a car analogy.  If I am looking for a high end notable luxury car I would go to the authorized dealer in my area to preview and purchase one. For many reasons; they were selected by the manufacturer as having a very high standard in the areas of business practices, customer satisfaction, dependable and honest service work and a reputation that exceeds expectations.  Though I can purchase that car at any given car lot I will have the most success and pain – free relationship with the authorized car dealer. The same pragmatic rational thought and plan can be given to the purchase of a used Steinway from the authorized Steinway representative in a given area.   In this post we are going to look at seven types of USED STEINWAY PIANOS: (the following taken by pamphlet written by Casey Saliba www.usedsteinwaypiano.com or www.steinway.com)

1- Shell-  A used Steinway piano that has never been restored. typically, the piano is not in playing condition, if it will play at all. The piano has been neglected, damaged, or compromised, and has had no annual maintenance for an extended period of time.

2- Repaired-This is a Steinway that has had parts repaired over time without replacing any major components. The piano has been maintained and is still capable of being played daily, but major parts will likely need replacing in the future.

3- Rebuilt- A rebuilt Steinway is a piano in which all the components have been rebuilt to its original condition.  Some major components commonly rebuilt are the soundboard, bridges, and action parts, as well as the case.

4- Stein- Was – A Stein- Was is a used Steinway piano that has had one or more parts replaced with non- Steinway parts.  Therefore, it was a Steinway piano; now it isn’t.

5- Original- An original used Steinway is one that has never had any parts replaced since it was manufactured.  Typically, these are less than 20 years old.

6- Factory Restoration-  A Steinway piano that was restored by the Steinway Restoration Center in New York City and had the original parts replaced with genuine Steinway parts.

7- Heirloom Collection- Steinway Heirloom Collection piano are available through authorized Steinway dealers.  each Heirloom carries the same five year warranty as new Steinway, has genuine Steinway part and is distinguished by a medallion on the inner rim and a Certificate of Authenticity.

Steinway & Sons Comes Home to Michelle’s Piano

 

After a season of uncertainty amongst piano dealers in the Portland area,  Steinway and Sons finds a home with Michelle’s Piano Company here in Portland, Oregon.   In a Steinway & Sons press release from Anthony Gilroy of Steinway dated January 31, 2014 he issued this statement, “ Steinway & Sons, makers of the finest pianos in the world, has solidifies its presence in Oregon and SW Washington with the addition of Michelle’s Pianos to the company’s hand- picked network of exclusive Steinway dealerships.  Michelle’s Piano has been a foundation of the Portland music community since 1995.  It now becomes the area’s only official Steinway & Sons dealer, bringing Steinway, Boston, Essex grand and upright pianos to a vibrant community of musicians and music educators.”

 

Michelle’s Piano is about the music and musicians,  “Lotof and his wife Michelle are a perfect fit with Steinway,” said Todd Sanders, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  Each member of the sales and operation team are musicians.  Lotof received a piano performance degree and has served as choral director.  Kim Tooke VP of Operations received a music business degree and is a proud Oregon Duck alumni.  Park Llafet, Director of Institutional Sales & Relations was a piano performance major but has had an extensive career as pianist for Holland America Cruise Line and other  exclusive hotel venues.  So, first and foremost by being musicians we have heart and mindset of being musicians.  This value and experience help to craft a better instrument purchasing strategy in which the customer truly benefits.

 

Michelle’s Piano is embedded in the musical community by being a partner in music education.  Michelle’s has hosted Oregon Music Teacher Association and Clark County Music Teacher’s adjudication and festivals in the store, lent world class performance pianos and stage to hundreds of recitals.  Michelle’s has worked with several colleges and institutions in instrument purchases; George Fox University, Lewis and Clark University, Lower Columbia College, Mt. Hood Community College, University of Oregon, and many other fine institutions.

 

We are excited to represent the world’s finest piano, in fact 9 out of 10 world class pianist prefer Steinway to any other piano.  But it is more than that Michelle’s Piano represents the family of Steinway of products in the Boston and Essex lines there is a piano for every price point but with the assurance of a 161 year old company called Steinway & Sons’s attention to details, design, and performance.  Steinway has become the “crown jewel” in and with our company’s compliment of services such as: moving, tuning, restoration,  and lessons.  Lotof comments, “My whole business was built on the Steinway approach and securing this partnership now feels like my comfort zone, like coming home, I love it!”

 

We welcome you to our home to  experience and own these pianos for yourself.  More importantly to build a relationship of like- minded individuals  in the pursuit of musical enjoyment and excellence.

 

Thanks for the opportunity-

 

Lotof, Kim and Park

 

Press Release: Steinway & Sons Welcomes Portland Gallery to Elite Family of Dealerships

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY (March 28, 2014) – Steinway & Sons, makers of the finest pianos in the world, has solidified its presence in northwest Oregon with the addition of Michelle’s Pianos to the company’s hand-picked network of exclusive Steinway dealerships. Michelle’s Pianos has been a foundation of the Portland music community since 1995. It now becomes the area’s only official Steinway & Sons dealer, bringing Steinway, Boston, and Essex grand and upright pianos to a vibrant community of musicians and music educators.

Michelle’s Pianos is a family-owned dealership offering piano sales, service, storage, education, and rentals. The gallery also hosts performances, children’s activities, and special events throughout the year. In coming months, said owner Lotof Shahtout, Michelle’s will begin a series of master classes taught by visiting Steinway Artists.

“Association with Steinway is a dream for everyone in the music world—from artists to businesspeople. I have always worked toward the goal of this partnership,” Shahtout said.

Shahtout has a long history of connection to the Steinway brand. A working musician, he was trained in piano sales at another Steinway dealership in 1990, and he received additional sales training at the Steinway factory in New York.

“My whole business was built on the Steinway approach,” he said. “Securing this partnership now feels like my comfort zone, like coming home. I love it.”

“Lotof and his wife Michelle are a perfect fit with Steinway,” said Todd Sanders, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Steinway & Sons. “They have a passion for music and for music education in particular. We’re proud to have them represent Steinway in the greater Portland area.”

To celebrate the new partnership, Michelle’s Pianos will launch a series of special events this spring. Watch www.michellespiano.com for updates. Michelle’s Pianos is located at 600 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR, 97214.

About Steinway & Sons
Since 1853 Steinway pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty and investment value. Steinway remains the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists, and it is the preferred piano of countless musicians, professional and amateur, throughout the world. For more information, visit www.steinway.com.

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Our new web site is live!  We worked with Azunga to create a new web site that was easy to find new products, allows us to add new functionality to the site over time, and is scalable for the future.  We’ve added a ton of new pianos (both new and pre-owned), updated many, many piano pictures, and updated our piano listings to now include piano videos!  Now you can see and hear your favorite pianos from the comfort of your computer.

In addition to the new piano listings and the new web site management system we have a new events management system in place.  Now you can see all the details about a new piano event in a list, on a calendar, or see a history of the previous events we’ve held.  Our new event management system even allows our visitors to export the dates to their favorite calendar so that they never forget about that next big piano recital at Michelles.  Keep a look out for new events in the future.