There are a number of subsystems involved in the process of building any grand piano - including Steinway. For example, Steinway is famous for it s one-piece inner and outter rim. This unique design piece is made from up to 17 pieces of maple wood glued together with an organic (urea) resin. At Steinway, there is a special team of trained builders who come together to glue the "book" of woods together and bend them around the press that gives them an iconic grand piano shape. Then, this team wraps the "book" of wood with copper and runs a small electrical current through the assembly - causing the glue to harden over a 24-hour period. Once dry, this rim becomes the core foundation of what will eventually become the grand piano frame. ...and that is only ONE subsystem of a Steinway s construction. Elsewhere in the factory, another team will begin the painstaking process of cutting sheets of wool into specific shapes that will again be cut and shaped into grand piano hammers. In another part of the factory, workers put pieces of maple, spruce, birch and other woods into machines that create the intricate action parts that help translate your finger energy from the keys to the strings. Elsewhere, master craftsmen glue specially-matched pieces of Alaskan Spruce together and cut them into a special shape for the piano s soundboard. Once dry, they take the glued woods and run them through a computerized machine that puts a very specific taper on them - thickest in the middle and thinner out to the edges... so the soundboard will displace air and cause the piano to project. EACH of these subsystems require absolute precision or the entire piano will fail inspection. ...so the craftsmen and women have to know their jobs and perform them accurately and efficiently. Eventually, the parts will be assembled, the piano will be strung... and another team will apply Steinway s high-polish finish. Then, yet ANOTHER team will tune and prepare the piano to be played. The entire process can take up to a year for each piano... and at EVERY point along the way, each subsystem hast to meet Steinway s precise standards or the piano won t pass inspection and THOUSANDS of dollars in woods and materials will be wasted. Building a Steinway piano takes several teams of people, over a dozen different types of wood and a year s construction time. ...but - if it were easy - anyone could do it! That is what makes Steinway so special (and expensive!).