Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037
Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 (2007)

While in the 21st century many musical instruments are mass-produced on an assembly line, at the Steinway Factory in Queens, NY, grand pianos are still made largely by hand, much as they were centuries before, and each piano develops a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 7, 2007
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2009
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle

Like an elegant set of theme and variations, director Ben Niles' beautiful, probing documentary about music and craftsmanship takes a simple idea and follows it in a number of directions.

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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune

It's inspirational to watch and listen as the Steinway employees demonstrate with pride their part in producing an instrument that will sell for more than $100,000 and may succeed some of its brethren on the stage at Carnegie Hall.

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Emily S. Mendel

... an engrossing film that makes the process of crafting a piano and the people involved come alive.

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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

The story of one piano is a microcosm of art, commerce, perfectionism and the American dream in a thorough, but repetitive, documentary.

Jeremy Eichler
Boston Globe

A modestly scaled but enjoyable documentary.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

With its precise editing and thoughtful storytelling, 'Note by Note' is a celebration of craftsmanship - of a piano and of film.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This narrative gambit allows Niles to score a quiet but stunning rhetorical point: in their meticulous attention to detail, the blue-collar workers who've spent their lives at the plant seem just as artistic as any musician.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A fascinating documentary that more than just piano lovers can enjoy.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1307 doesn't need any cameos by celebrities, musical or otherwise, to hold our interest.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"Note by Note: The Making of the Steinway L1037" is a slight documentary that functions as a de facto factory tour as it follows the making of a… More
Andrew Fillmore