Steinway Concert Grand on the Cheyenne Civic Center Stage

Chupp’s Restores Steinway Piano for Cheyenne Civic Center

Cheyenne Civic Center’s Piano Ready for Upcoming Shows:

Recently Chupp’s Pianos restored a Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand Piano for the Cheyenne Civic Center. The piano was carefully rebuilt and regulated by our expert piano technicians to bring back the iconic Steinway tone we all know and love. Tim Chupp recently traveled out to Cheyenne, Wyoming to make some finishing touches to the instrument in its new home. Attached below is a photo of the instrument sitting on the concert venue’s beautiful stage.

Steinway Concert Grand on the Cheyenne Civic Center Stage

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Piano Restoration: Before and After

A full Steinway Restoration:

We recently completed the full rebuilding process on this beautiful Steinway & Sons Model A Grand Piano. Over the years the instrument had been painted black, covering up the stunning African Flame Mahogany wood grain underneath. We stripped the black paint off and the satin, closed pore refinishing process brought the piano back to looking its very best. (Take a look at the grain detail in the photos below!)

But refinishing was only one part of the total rebuild. A new soundboard and bridges were installed as were new German music wire, tuning pins and custom made bass strings. The damper back action was restored, the action was fully concert regulated, new keytops were installed and the cast iron Steinway plate was re-gilded and hand lettered. A true, quality piano restoration takes time and effort and we were very pleased with the end results.

Before & After:

Piano Restoration: Steinway Model A Grand Piano Before and After

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Interesting in buying a Steinway piano? For more information on this Steinway & Sons Model A Grand Piano, Click Here.

Chupp’s Piano Service, Inc. has been serving the piano needs of the music community for over 40 years. Chupp’s specializes in premium restored Steinway & Sons, pre-owned Yamaha, new Kawai and many other quality piano brands. Contact us today for more information, we are happy to assist!

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Should I buy an Upright or Grand Piano?

Which style of piano is right for you?

Upright vs. Grand piano, that is the question. Or at least one question that we hear often. Buying an instrument, especially one as large as a piano is a decision that shouldn’t be made in a snap. And deciding which style of piano to go with is one of the first steps in choosing the instrument that is right for you and your lifestyle. The last thing you want is to run out and buy an instrument that simply will not work with what you need and where you live. So here are a few things to look at when deciding which direction to go.

1: Space.

Pianos take up room. In the case of a concert grand piano, a lot of room. Read More…

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Steinway Fallboard and Keys

The History of the Piano | The King of Instruments

The History of the Piano

The piano is one of, if not the most popular instrument in the world. Millions have been introduced to music through piano lessons and the mention of the name ‘Steinway’ still invokes a feeling of class and grandeur. But the piano didn’t start out as the ‘king of instruments’, it had to start somewhere!

The Origin

In the early 1700s a harpsichord maker by the name of Bartolomeo di Franceso Cristofori developed the first piano. A well respected Italian craftsman and inventor, he worked for Prince Ferdinando de Medici.  His first ‘gravicembalo col piano e forte’ was exhibited in Florence in 1709. The advantage his instrument had over the similar harpsichord was the ability for the musician to vary the volume. A harpsichord could not play notes at different levels of sound, due to the way the strings were plucked. The piano with its hammers on the other hand, could. A few of his instruments have survived and one of his early creations is currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (In playable condition.) Read More…

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Dr. Eric Tucker

Dr. Eric Tucker talks about his Steinway Model O

Recently, Dr. Eric Tucker from Central Michigan University purchased a restored Steinway & Sons Model O Grand Piano from us. He was kind enough to record a testimonial video explaining why he chose Chupp’s Pianos’ services. Click here to go straight to the video, or watch the embedded clip below. Read More…

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Cristofori First Piano Forte

What Did the First Piano Sound Like?

LISTEN: The Earliest Known Piano in Existence:

In the early 1700s, Bartolomeo Cristofori invented what would become the ‘king of instruments’, the piano. The early pianos were a vast improvement over their immediate predecessors the harpsichord. The pianos had a wider range and the hammers hit the strings instead of plucking them, allowing the musician to vary the volume of their notes. (An obvious plus.)

But what did the first piano sound like? The early pianos sounded quite different from the modern instruments that we know today. The early pianos lacked a metal plate, were quite light and lacked the range of pianos today. One good way to describe the sound they produced, is that they sounded like a mix between the earlier harpsichords and a modern piano. The Cristofori Piano that resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has been restored to playable condition. Read More…

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The Great Piano Scam | The Joyce Hatto Story

The Great Piano Scam | The Story of Joyce Hatto

This short documentary tells the story of one of the greatest classical music scams in the music industry’s history. Joyce Hatto was a concert pianist, who gained critical acclaim late in her life as dozens of her recordings drew rave reviews. Critics and the public were enamored by the story of the long retired pianist making her return while battling cancer. But were these her recordings? This is the story of the piano scam that fooled an industry.

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Steinway Piano Keytops

Piano Care: Cleaning your Piano Keys

Cleaning your Piano Keys:

There are 88 piano keys on a standard grand piano. Each one of those keys are covered by a piece of plastic or ivory called a keytop. Although some notes may get more of a workout then others, they all can use a good cleaning now and then. But what is the best way to remove the dirt, grime and oil that can accumulate? Read More…

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Is My Piano Worth Restoring

Is My Piano Worth Restoring?

Does Your Piano Need Work? | Three Things to Check

“Should I get my piano worked on? It sounds OK as it is I guess. Is my piano worth the work?”

Steinway Restoration Piano Tools | TunerThese are questions technicians often hear from piano owners. Why spend the money and time to get your instrument worked on if nothing is terribly ‘broken?’ In some cases that is true. When attempting to decide whether it is worth the investment, we ask: Read More…

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June Piano Video Roundup | Chupp’s Pianos

6.29.15 | Piano Video Roundup

As the month of June comes to a close, here are some of the month’s piano video highlights via YouTube.

Philip Balke performs ‘Moonglow’ on one of our Steinway Model M Grand Pianos. Built in 1986 this Walnut piano features warm bass and a clear overall tone. Read More…

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Schools using Steinway

Schools Using Steinway

Steinway is one of the world’s widely-known and best-loved piano brands – it is synonymous with quality, craftsmanship, and the particular romance of piano music.

Steinway instruments have a reputation for being finely crafted, durable, and a treat for musicians of all skill levels. These qualities also make Steinway one of the most popular piano brands used in schools. Throughout the country and around the world, schools using Steinway pianos are teaching young musicians how to play, but also how to incorporate a fine instrument into their passion for creating music.

Learning with Steinway

Steinway instruments are so popular in the learning environment, many schools have decided to use the brand exclusively. All Steinway Schools use the brand for everything from practice to recitals, for everyday use to special occasions and everything in between.

Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio committed to Steinway in 1877, making it the first member of the All Steinway program and today, there are more than 170 All Steinway Schools throughout the world.

Schools Using Steinway Pianos

Many institutions purchase their collection of Steinways in bulk. The University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music in Ohio became one of the best known schools using Steinway and placed an order for 165 new Steinway pianos for $4.1 million, making it one of the largest orders Steinway has ever processed.

Oberlin and the College Conservatory of Music in Ohio are not the only schools using Steinways. They are used exclusively in many other of the world’s most respected music conservatories, including:

  • Yale School of Music in New Haven, CT
  • Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, OH
  • Curtis Institute of Music and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA
  • Central Conservatory of Music, School of Piano and the China Conservatory of Music, School of Piano in Beijing, China
  • Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Leeds College of Music – Conservatoire in Leeds, England
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, Wales

In addition to the conservatories listed above, several colleges, universities, and schools of distinction are Steinway schools.

For a complete list of all schools using Steinway Pianos, visit All-Steinway Schools.

If you’d like to talk Steinway with the experts, contact us today for a free consultation.

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Gaither Vocal Band |Yamaha Tuning by Chupps Pianos

Chupp’s Tunes Yamaha Piano for Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band uses Yamaha Concert Grand tuned by Chupp’s Pianos.

The Gaither Vocal Band was founded in the early 1980’s. They have become legendary and are well known for reviving the popularity of Southern Gospel Music. Their music has won multiple Grammy Awards and has rocketed to the top of the charts. The band recently performed live at the Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshewana, Indiana and Chupp’s Pianos owner and master technician Dennis Chupp was called out to make sure their 7’6” Yamaha Model C7 Concert Grand Piano was ready for the concert. Read More…

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