Stein, Johann Andreas
Famous German piano-maker; born at Heidesheim, in the Palatinate. Nothing is known of his early life until we find him in Paris in 1758. It is said that he learned his trade of organ-building at Silbermann's workshops at Strasburg, and after he left Paris he was organist of the Barfusserkirche at Augsburg. He built this organ and the one at Kreuzkirche. Although we know of no instruments now in existence made by Stein, we know him to have greatly improved the models in use in his time and that his pianos became the standard in Germany about 1790. He died in Augsburg, leaving his sons, Matthaus Andreas and Friedrich, and his daughter Nanette to continue the business.