World-class piano manufacturers Steinway & Sons have introduced the Imagine Series Limited Edition piano to commemorate the 70th birthday of the legendary musician and songwriter John Lennon.
The Imagine Series is modeled after the white Steinway grand that John Lennon presented to Yoko Ono on her birthday in 1971, which is still kept at their famous Manhattan residence – the Dakota.
The music desk of each piano incorporates one of four different John Lennon original drawings: Come Together, the title of the opening track on the Beatles’ historic album Abbey Road reflects John Lennon’s desire to bring people together; Grand Piano is a drawing that captures the songwriting process—as musician and piano become one; Freda People exemplifies John Lennon’s passion for using music for the benefit of mankind; Self Portrait is perhaps John Lennon’s most famous drawing. Even as just a few marks on the page it is still unmistakably John.
Other special features of this Limited Edition series include:
- The lyrics “YOU MAY SAY I’M A DREAMER” elegantly displayed on the bass side of the rim
- The opening bars to Imagine printed directly on the gold plate of the piano
- A medallion on the inner rim including John Lennon’s Japanese chop mark/signature (which he often used to sign his artwork) as well as the series name and number
- A replica of John Lennon’s signature gracing the treble side of the fallboard
“I am very excited about the launch of this truly unique piano,” said Ron Losby, President, Steinway & Sons – Americas. “John Lennon was a visionary in so many ways. It is an honor for Steinway & Sons to have been chosen by Mrs Lennon to create this remarkable piano.”
“Anytime you expose a new audience to our handcrafted pianos, it’s a very good thing for Steinway,” added Todd Sanders, Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “With John Lennon, you are talking about someone whose music and philosophy resonates around the world and across generations.”
About the Imagine Series
Custom built at the Steinway & Sons New York and Hamburg factories, the Imagine Series is available only through Steinway’s factory-owned retail showrooms and network of exclusive Steinway dealers. A portion of the proceeds from every Imagine piano sold by Steinway & Sons will be donated to The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (www.lennonbus.org).