Note By Note

Linda and I enjoyed a great documentary last night: Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037.

Here’s the Netflix blurb: Documentary filmmaker Ben Niles chronicles the creation of Steinway pianos and the vanishing breed of craftsmen who build them. Follow the journey of these beautifully handcrafted, unique instruments from the factory to great concert halls. Interviews with such world-famous artists as Lang Lang, Harry Connick Jr., Hank Jones and many others highlight how Steinway grand pianos are selected by musicians.

We get to follow the production of one piano, #L1037, through the year it takes to build. There is a lot more to making a Steinway than I ever imagined. And a zillion details that I never even considered. We were both dazzled by the subject, the photography and the interviews with management, crafters and pianists. 80 minutes, 2007 and yes, it’s on Netflix instant. Highly recommended!

About Ron Hock

Owner of HOCK TOOLS (.com) and author of "The Perfect Edge, the Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers"
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5 Responses to Note By Note

  1. I aaw this several months ago, and enjoyed it immensely. Definitely highly recommended indeed.

  2. Excellent documentary! My wife was skeptical when I told her what movie I had ordered, but she enjoyed it as much as I did.

  3. Christopher Landy says:

    Wow. Thanks Ron. Just this week I was reading a Splintered Histrory of Wood and there is a great chapter on the building of a Steinway, among other incredible stories. Coincidentaly I am finally putting my Netflix account to use.
    Thanks for the recommendation !

  4. Devin says:

    loved it! It is a great look into traditional craftsmanship.

  5. David Harms says:

    Really enjoyed this documentary, stayed up late watching it last night. It’s good to see quality and tradition supersede quantity.

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