Since its founding in 1853 in a Manhattan loft on Varick Street, Steinway & Sons has been considered one of the world’s finest piano manufacturers. Over the next 30 years, German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway and his sons developed the modern piano, building each instrument one at a time. Now – more than 160 years later – the grands, uprights, limited-editions and special collections are still primarily constructed by hand, using skills passed down from master to apprentice over several generations.” via designboom