This Week In Gear, Episode 8

What It’s Like to Play a $2.5 Million Steinway Grand Piano

May 25, 2019 This Week In Gear By
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In this episode of This Week In Gear: We were invited to be the very first to bring cameras into The Vault, the hugely exclusive Steinway & Sons selection room, where we talked with Todd A. Sanders, one of the three people who has access, about the how it came to be and the pianos inside it. Also, Tucker Bowe reviewed the “lightest 17-inch laptop in the world” and our staff shares their first impressions of Booker’s newest bourbon expression, “Shiny Barrel Batch.” Plus, Jack Seemer suggest three gifts for dads who love to grill, Tanner Bowden gives an overview of the incredible Peak Design Travel Tripod, and Steve Mazzucchi shares three of his must-buy beard care products.

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Episode Breakdown:

The Vault at the Steinway Headquarters

Steinway & Sons has been hand making the world’s finest pianos for 160 years. Now the brand has created The Vault, a highly secure selection room that’s reserved for only its top clientele. It showcases seven of the rarest and most highly valued instruments the company has ever built. We visited Steinway’s factory and headquarters in Queens, NYC, to witness the crafting and manufacturing process first-hand, explore about the hyper-exclusive Vault and, of course, play some very rare, grail-worthy pianos.

LG Gram 17

The LG Gram 17 features a 17-inch screen and an enormous footprint. It’s also uncannily thin and weighs less than three pounds. It has mostly good guts too, save a powerful GPU. So who, exactly, is the Gram 17 best for?


First Impressions: Booker’s Shiny Barrel Batch Bourbon

This uncut and unfiltered 124-proof bourbon is the next batch from Booker’s. The distillery says the batch has been aged 6 years, 5 months and one day. Tasting notes include “a sweet nose with a beautiful chestnut color and rich vanilla notes… The finish is medium and warm.” Bottles are available in stores now for an MSRP of $80.

Father’s Day Gifts for Dads Who Grill

Senior Editor Jack Seemer suggests a few grilling gifts for Father’s Day: stuff your dad doesn’t have, better versions of the things he does have and things he hasn’t even considered yet. Basically, everything but the grill.

Peak Design Travel Tripod

If any company could make a camera tripod exciting, sexy even, it’d be Peak Design. And now they’ve done it. Peak Design recently revealed the Travel Tripod, a compact, feature-packed camera stand that competes with the best available in every way.


3 Essential Beard Care Products

Editor Steve Mazzucchi knows a thing or two about caring for a beard. His routine includes many steps and products, but here he reveals his essential three.

Featured Products:
Dual-Sided Beard Comb ($8)
Grave Before Shave Beard Butter ($25)
American Crew Beard Serum ($18)
Watch Now: The Toyota Supra Is Finally Back After 20 Years, and We Test the DJI Osmos Action Camera

In last week’s episode: In this episode of This Week In Gear: Will Sabel Courtney gets excited about the all-new Toyota Supra; Andrew Siceloff breaks down how well DJI’s new action camera stacks up against the competition fro Go Pro; and Will Price discusses the merits of a Traeger pellet-fuel grill. Also in this episode, John Zientek explains why the $650 Veilance Rhomb rain jacket is a great buy, and Oren Hartov discusses the new Kickstarter campaign by Astor+Banks to crowdfund the company’s Sea Ranger diving watch. Watch Now
Note: Purchasing products through our links may earn us a portion of the sale, which supports our editorial team’s mission. Learn more here. In some instances, brands have provided access to, or loans of, the products included in this episode.

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