Stop the sale of Steinway to leveraged buyout firm Kohlberg & Co.
  • Petitioned Steinway & Sons

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1 Steinway Place, Long Island City, NY 11105
Steinway & Sons
Boston Regional Director, Securities & Exchange Commission
David Bergers
U.S. Senate
Massachusetts
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Stop the sale of Steinway to leveraged buyout firm Kohlberg & Co.

    1. Brian Ross
    2. Petition by

      Brian Ross

      Boca Raton, FL

An LBO firm wants high returns fast. The only way that Kohlberg & Co. will get that from acquiring iconic American piano maker Steinway and its Selmer and Conn brands of musical instruments is by selling them off in whole or in parts to the musical instrument brand-hungry Chinese. For 160 years Steiway, built by hand in Waltham, Massachusetts, has remained one of the defining institutions of American musical craftsmanship and the pinnacle of piano perfection. It is the musical equivalent of having General Motors sold away. Tell the Steinway board to find an American buyer in their 45 day "Shop" period, dump the Kohlberg deal, keep American craftsmen working and Steinway pianos Made in the USA!

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    • Jeffrey Jones KANSAS CITY, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      I play a 1952 Conn 4h Trombone.

      In 1957 my 1st horn was a Selmer. Dad was Swlmer's Midwest Wholesale Rep

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    • Undine Vinh ALBANY, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Not everything has to be made in China these days. Keep the tradition in the USA.

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    • Benjamin Batalla PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      It marks a beautiful American invention that the entire music world looks up to, especially pianists.

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    • Arthur C Hurwitz NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      My owned a Steinway baby grand piano which had been built around 1950 with ivory keys. She bought it from a rich woman in LeHoya, CA in 1971 and it had been sitting in that woman's living room for more than 20 years, never played. She dragged that piano to the East coast and had to put it into storage because it could not be moved into the apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Later she did find acomedations which could acomedate it. She used to play it and sometimes she would play songs on it and I would sing along.

      For the last few years I have been living in Astoria, Queens, NY not far from Steinway Street and the Kaufman Astoria studios which is in the building which was the original Steinway piano factory. The factory was on one "end" of Steinway Street and the mansions in which the Steinway familiy lived, on the other. As an icon and also as a musical instrument, the Piano and echo of Steinway and Sons has always been present in a personal manner.

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    • Charles Comiter BOCA RATON, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Steinway is an American icon. They are the makers of the ideal piano and the living embodiment of this country's musical excellence. They must stay in America no matter what.

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