Thanks for posting that update, even though it's full of marketing spin and doesn't tell us much. At any rate, it clarifies the status of the CURRENT Garritan offering.
There is some good news in this. It has been posted that the 1.05 (long a coming) is finally finished with some important fixes that has been worked on for a couple of years.
"Just to be clear, there's no change to support and in fact a v1.05 update is finished and awaiting synchronized release with our other products.
The Steinway D came to end of life for a first piano version, and will be followed by the newer piano work that we've been doing - some of which we've talked about on the forum, and some of which we haven't "
I believe they are referring to a Model B Steinway.
I really do like the Garritan Steinway Pro. Though I use Closed Lid only. Look forward to trying the update, notwithstanding, I will believe it when I see it for download (not to suggest anyone is not telling the truth)
I am just guessing and as suggested here, I wonder if this has to do with the Steinway endorsement. Perhaps it was not cost effective IF it were an ongoing cost with the Steinway D samples. If that is the case, it *possibly* (not probably) may not be a "lets do another piano with better quality/sample recording/layers" but just that. (endorsement) The piano does sound sweet.
Sounds different than Ivory II.
Perhaps someone may know this with the Pro version: I never read the amount of samples per key as it was not advertised, I believe. (For example: 16 layers, 12 layers).
It is a really enjoyable piano to play.
About Pianoteq: I bought the Stage version. I LOVE it!! (with a couple issues until I found what I wanted). Not fair comparison because I do not have the Pro version of Pianoteq and I have tweaked my V Piano, painstakingly, key by key: BUT I still cannot get anything to sound quite as good and clear-toned as V Piano. (product I would think is getting a bit dated)