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The grand piano gets in shape – Rim Bending

Every Steinway grand piano has a distinct curve. The so-called rim is the integral case that is shaped to its final silhouette in a rim-bending press for up to six hours. As many as twenty hardwood maple and mahogany veneers are glued together to form the rim which creates the unique sound body.

The master craftsmen must work extremely carefully and precisely in this step so that the rim can achieve its desired purpose: supporting the tension of the strings and transferring sound in the best way possible. After bending, the rim must rest for another 100 days allowing the glue in the wood to dry. The resting period also ensures that the rim holds its shape permanently.

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