Classic Studio Upright
A nicely balanced upright with
elegantly proportioned classic
straight legs, the classic design
of the EUP-123E, or Classic
Studio Upright, makes it a
great choice for even the
most eclectic of homes.
Designed by Steinway & Sons, the Essex has been created 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. And it is available in an array of models, sizes, and veneers to fit every décor and every lifestyle.
Essex EUP-123E Features
- Matching Classic Style Legs with Grand-Style Leg Top
- Fold-back Toplid
- Elegant Proportion
- Ebony Polish Finsh
The Essex incorporates the latest design and engineering enhancements from Steinway’s dedicated research and development team. By utilizing specially engineered materials, large-scale production techniques, and carefully selected manufacturing environments, the Essex is able to deliver a level of musical performance previously unattainable in its price range.
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.
Height: 123 cm (48½")
Width: 151 cm – 152 cm (59½" – 59¾")
Depth: 67 cm (26½")
Net Weight: 255 kg (561 lb)
Classic Studio designed by Steinway & Sons
High Polish: Ebony, Sapele Mahogany, Satin Ebony
Staggered spruce backposts (5). Total CSA: 500 cm2 (77.5 in2). Thickness of post: 10 cm. Width of post: 10 cm.
Laminated bi-directional Maple. Thickness: 35 mm.
Solid spruce. Linear taper. Vibrating area: 1.26 m2 (1,948 in2)
Ribs notched into inner rim (no floating ribs). Ribs made of spruce and staggered/graduated. Number of ribs: 11
Vertically laminated maple base with solid maple cap.
Designed by Steinway. 16,695 kg (36,730 lb) tension.
Cast iron, painted with Steinway Gold.
Carbon steel, nickel coating.
Roslau wire. Number of sizes of treble strings: 14. Lowest tenor note: 27. Number 1 speaking length: 114 cm (44.9")
Specified by Steinway. Weight of topfelt: 7 kg (15 lb).
All wood (no plastic) for all moving parts. Aluminum action rails.
Steinway design. Spruce.
Lauan, maple, spruce.
Brass. Soft (half-blow), muffler, and sustain (damper) pedals.
All-wood back construction (no MDF except in cabinet parts). Solid filler blocks in backframe (near top). Backposts are large and staggered. Bench: Matching cushioned bench.
The Steinway-designed Essex piano incorporates the latest design specifications and engineering standards from Steinway & Sons. Learn more about why the Essex remains the best choice in its price range for anyone looking for a quality piano at an affordable price.
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