Sketch Design

~Unique and Unprecedented~

Steinway & Sons created many unique, custom-built pianos that never entered into large scale factory production. These unprecedented and unique pianos are classified as a “Sketch Design”.
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Steinway A-2 1899 Louis XVI “Inlaid Wood” Maple “Stained and Renaissance” One-of-a-kind Designed by A.E. Blackmore

Steinway A-2 1899 “Inlaid Wood” Maple
Serial #94500
Year: 1899
Model: A-2
Size: 6′ 1″
Style: Louis XVI
Finish: Satin Luster
Color/Wood:”Inlaid Wood” Maple “Stained and Renaissance”
Condition: Rebuilt
Appraised at: US$ 552,000
Retail Value After Restoration: US$ 426,000
Wholesale Selling Price After Restoration: US$ 299,500
Wholesale Selling Price As is: US$ 249,500

A. E. Blackmore Designs are the most rare and valuable one-of-a-kind art case pianos ever commissioned by Steinway.

Featured in “The Steinway Book” by Ronald V. Ratcliffe, you will not find this extremely rare Steinway art case for sale anywhere but here at

Our records, fully documented from the Steinway Factory Archives, confirm that on November 1899, A.E. Blackmore was commissioned to personally design this exquisite Louis XVI art case with inlaid wood to elaborate the maple cabinet “stained and renaissance” along with ornamental gold armorlux.

In 1999, approximately 100 years after its manufacturing date, this Steinway was mechanically restored to its original perfection by one of New York City’s premier restoration craftsmen. To preserve its beautiful original condition, the case was professionally cleaned, but the art work was left untouched of any repairs. The original ivory keys are in impeccable condition. It has the most magnificent tone for a parlor size Steinway Grand piano.

We are now fortunate to have been asked by its owner to market this most rare part of Steinway Art History to you. Please note that the pictures include the desired restoration rendered by an artist.

Because of the history and rarity of this piano, we believe this Steinway will sell fairly quickly. Please click on the contact us below to find out more information about this Steinway.

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Steinway L 1942 Walnut Chippendale

Steinway L 1942 Walnut Chippendale
Serial #312819
Year: 1942
Model: L
Size: 5′ 10-1/2″
Style: Chippendale
Finish: Satin
Color/Wood: Walnut
Condition: Restored
Retail Price by Steinway New: over US $90,000
Retail Selling Price: US $57,000
Wholesale Selling Price: US$ 39,500

Final Closeout US $35,900

This piano sells new for over $90,000.00  We are selling it for almost 1/3 of the new cost from Steinway & Sons.  We include delivery to your door (USA and Canada) and can offer a special price to your port (worldwide customers).

This rare Model L Steinway Chippendale piano was professionally rebuilt and refinished with its original sound board by one of the great Steinway-trained Master Craftsman. The newer action has all Steinway parts. This piano has been beautifully refinished as well. The full rich rich bass and the beautiful bell-like tone makes this piano an incredible work of art both for the artist and connoisseur of music and fine instruments alike.

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Steinway B 1902 Walnut

Steinway B 1902 Walnut 107938Steinway B 1902 Walnut
Serial #107938
Year: 1902
Model: B
Size: 6′ 10-1/2″
Style: Scallop shell sketch case
Finish: Gloss
Color/Wood: Walnut, inlaid with scallops
Condition: Completely Rebuilt
Retail Value: US$ 85,000
Wholesale Selling Price: US$ 58,900

This beautiful piano has a walnut casing with pinstriped fancy wood inlays, along with scallop shells. It has all new in this piano: sound board, bridges, damper action (Renner action parts:) hammers, shanks, flanges, wippens, backchecks, let off buttons, and a new Bolduc pin block. It has been restrung with new agraffes as well. This piano has a large, round speaking voice with a beautiful bell like tone in the upper registers! This very rare case design would make an excellent designer piece for any house on the water!

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Steinway M 1953 “Centennial Case” Mahogany

Steinway M 1953 Centennial Case Mahogany 342930Steinway M 1953 “Centennial Case” Mahogany
Serial #342930
Year: 1953
Model: M
Size: 5′ 7″
Style: “Centennial Case”
Finish: Satin
Color/Wood: Mahogany
Condition: Completely Rebuilt
Retail Value: US$ 48,000
Wholesale Selling Price: US$ 28,900

This “Centennial” case has a unique plate, legs and lyre. The following is all new in this piano using Renner action parts using Renner action parts: hammers, shanks, flanges, wippens, back checks, let off buttons, and a new Bolduc pin block. It has been restrung with new agraffes as well. This piano has a beautiful sound that is very brilliant.

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