Conservatory Enjoys 'That New Piano Smell' The College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati is in the process of receiving the largest-ever delivery of Steinway pianos: 165. The first 25 have been delivered, and now the process of tuning and testing begins. Maryanne Zeleznik of WVXU is there to hear how it all sounds and find out what makes the Steinway so special.

Conservatory Enjoys 'That New Piano Smell'

Conservatory Enjoys 'That New Piano Smell'

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Eric Wolfley, director of piano services at CCM, tunes the Steinway Concert Grand Model D. Maryanne Zeleznik / WVXU for NPR hide caption

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You likely buy more than 100 pieces of paper at a time, and maybe even more than 100 flowering plants to fill your garden. But here's something you don't often think of in terms of hundreds: pianos.

The University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music is buying 165 Steinway pianos, the largest sale the company has ever made. The pianos, which cost $4.1 million after a $2 million discount, began arriving last month. It took three days to unload 27 of them, including the famed Steinway Concert Grand Model D, a 9-foot-long piano with a black lacquered finish that takes a year to build and sells for more than $100,000.

Maryanne Zeleznik reports for member station WVXU.

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