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1 hr. 21 min.

Plot Summary
Making a piano is no easy task, and making one by hand is even harder. Documentary filmmaker Ben Niles spends over a year charting the process by which Steinway & Sons, the most prestigious name in the industry, manufactures one of its concert grand pianos. Between the initial search for wood in Alaska and the piano's ultimate arrival at Steinway's showroom in New York City, a team of 450 dedicated craftspeople labors to build and assemble the L1037's 12,000 parts.


Director: Ben Niles

Genres: Documentary

Note by Note: The Making of the Steinway L1037 (2007)

Release Date: October 1st, 2007|1 hr. 21 min.

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  • July 22, 2008 umcbear
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    Absolutely enjoyed this film. A window into pianomaking, among other American handicrafts past its prime. ("Its hard to find a cabinetmaker out there. They just don't exist.") Highlighted the individuals, the personalities, the tradition of creating a piano... Very valuable social commentary in a year when goods are disposable and people don't choose a job with the intention of making it a lifelong career.

  • July 19, 2008 STEINPIO
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    The movie should have shown what makes Steinway patents...also while at Steinway Hall..the 1st Steinway is right there & could have been featured.

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