The University of Kansas recently accepted delivery of a new Steinway Model B grand piano. During a recent visit to the Steinway Factory Selection Room in New York, assisted by Gordon McNelly - owner of Steinway Piano Gallery Kansas City, Ellen Sommer - Associate Professor of Practice - Collaborative Piano, personally selected the instrument.
Bob Dillinger, University of Kansas Piano Technician, and Dean Robert Walzel accompanied Gordon McNelly and Ellen Sommer on their trip to the Steinway factory. The new Steinway Model B is now being used in Ellen's studio in Murphy Hall at the University of Kansas.
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"It was an honor to work closely with Steinway representative, Gordon McNelly and the New York Steinway and Sons factory employees. Their professionalism and expert knowledge of the instruments is incomparable."
"From beginning to end the selection process was a dream come true. I thoroughly enjoyed an educational and comprehensive tour of the factory, observing the skilled laborers handcrafting each piano, from rim to hammer."
"The beautiful selection showroom boasted several B’s prepared for me to sample. After spending quality time with each piano, I found the perfect companion for my studio."
"Thank you Gordon, Jonathan and all who made this dream a reality."
-Ellen R. Sommer
"Working with KU and Dean Walzel on the trip coordination to the NY Steinway Factory was indeed a great pleasure. I was honored to be a part of Ellen's selection process and equally as privileged to be able to assist her and the University with purchasing such a wonderful instrument."
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