Historic Roots | The Newest Technlogy
During the early part of the 20th century, player pianos were incredibly popular. Today, new technology has replaced the old paper music rolls and allows for an incredibly detailed musical experience that is truly impressive. QRS Music Technologies Inc. was founded in 1900 by Melville Clark (of Story and Clark piano fame.) Today, they produce the PNOmation Player Piano System. This amazing piece of technology can be installed on almost all existing pianos, grand or upright. Gone are the days of large, unsightly control boxes and having to keep track of tapes and data disks! This advanced, modern system virtually disappears into the piano. Chupp’s is proud to be able to offer their latest PNOmation III Player Piano System to our clients.
An Amazing Selection Of Music Genres
A vast library of music is available to you at the simple press of a button. From historic classics to favorite pop songs, you have an amazing selection of music to choose from. Imagine listening to historic performances in your own living room! Listen to the video below to hear a brand new QRS PNOmation III Player Piano System installed on a Kawai GX-2 Blak Grand Piano ‘perform’ I Only Have Eyes For You.
Some quick tips for selling your piano:
We have many people contacting us asking if we are interested in purchasing their piano from them. In many cases, we are! If it is a Steinway, Mason & Hamlin, Baldwin, Yamaha or other brand of comparable quality, we would be very interested in taking a look. We regularly purchase pianos from across the country in varying states of condition. However with the hundreds of piano manufacturers that have existed throughout history, there are some cases where you are best attempting to sell the piano directly yourself. Here are some quick tips that might help you in that process!
1: Prep the Piano and take good photos!
Have your piano tuned! Dust the piano and make sure it is looking its best. Remove anything you have sitting on your piano that will distract from the instrument. Having several family pictures sitting on the instrument might not be best for sales! Make sure there is enough light to show the piano off in an attractive way. Blurry and dark photographs don’t give the best impression, so make sure to take a bit of extra care before posting/sending photos of your for sale piano.
ELKHART – “A community is the sum of its shared history, so in an age when information is created, shared, has trended and is forgotten in a matter of minutes, museums represent something different.
The museum is renewing its efforts to preserve and promote local history and the arts when it opens its doors for the 2016 season at 7 p.m. April 1 with a free concert underwritten by 1st Source Bank.
The concert will feature a 1938 Baldwin baby grand piano the Deputy family recently gifted to the museum. The instrument resided in the mansion previously when the Deputy family owned the home in the mid-20th century.
Chupp’s Piano of New Paris restored the baby grand, and company employees will perform at the concert.
The message of remembering the past is clearly resonating.
Last year, the organization reached 28,000 people between those who came in visited the campus’s three sites and individuals involved in outreach programs. The figure was up from 3,000 visitors six years ago…”
Select from four of the finest golden age instruments available:
The Steinway & Sons Model D is perhaps the most iconic concert instrument in world history. These 9’ grand pianos truly are the apex of Steinway engineering and craftsmanship. The Model D offers artists a level of expression unlike any other and has come to set the standard by which other concert pianos are judged. It is very rare to find one, let alone several fully rebuilt Model Ds available to compare in any location. Here at Chupp’s Piano Service we are proud to have four fully rebuilt Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand Pianos in performance ready status in our facility, with more in the process of being rebuilt. Each of these wonderful instruments feature their own distinct musical quality.
We have the following ‘golden age’ Model D grands in fully rebuilt condition and available in our showrooms now!
All of these pianos include:
- New custom fit soundboard and bridges
- New fitted pin block
- New German music wire and tuning pins
- Highest quality custom crafted bass strings
- High grade Kluge German style or like new one piece ivory key tops
- New premium quality wippens, hammers, shanks and flanges.
- Re-gilded and hand lettered cast iron plate
- Refinished dampers and new damper felts
- Concert level action regulation
- Extensive tone regulation
- Action weighed off to Steinway specifications
- (Regulation can be tailored to your specific tastes)
- Polished/re-plated brass or nickel hardware
- Close pore, hand rubbed lacquer finish
- Five year warranty and much more!
Fully Rebuilt Pianos | Historic Quality
Each one of these vintage Steinway & Sons instruments has undergone an exacting rebuilding process to return them to full concert level status. We do not simply change parts, spray on a finish and call the piano ‘restored.’ Our rebuilding process is incredibly extensive, to ensure like new condition and the finest playing experience possible. We utilize the finest piano parts from sources like Steinway and Renner. We fully regulate each piano action and spend hours beyond the norm in tone regulation, to bring out that iconic Steinway tone. We have the experience, Steinway training and passion to ensure the highest level of work possible. Each of these concert grands have their own special qualities, yet are united in their premium level of craftsmanship and artistry. These historic instruments were built in the pre-WWII era, considered by many to be the ‘golden age’ of piano manufacturing. This time period produced some of the finest instruments in the history of the industry. These grand pianos are respected for their history, incredible craftsmanship and pure musicality. This is a tradition that we are very proud to continue.
The Steinway Model D Benchmark
The Steinway & Sons Model D grand piano is one which signifies an instrument’s grace, power, and delicacy unlike any other. Measuring at 8’11 3/4″ in length, the Model D towers above regular grand pianos, which are usually around 5’6” to 6’ long. Truly the pinnacle of Steinway’s historic dedication to innovation and top shelf craftsmanship, the thousand pound Model D-274 truly is the standard by which other concert pianos are judged against. Decades of craftsmanship and development, signified and represented by one instrument it has long been considered the first choice of concert pianists.
“The Instrument of the Immortals”
The Model D concert piano is the overwhelming choice of professional pianists, universities and concert venues all across the globe. The level of expression possible with these “nine foot” instruments is truly staggering. Over its years of development, a modern concert grand from Steinway & Sons boasts many features and advancements that very early pianists could only dream of. String lengths and tension have increased substantially, hammers have become more dense and heavy, all of this working to create a much more powerful and brilliant sound. As the piano industry pushed toward its golden age, the concert grand piano truly became an instrument that could fill even the largest concert venues with sound. The Model D led the way.
The First Model D | Style 4
The 8’10” Model D was first introduced to the world in 1884. Steinway #51257 was finalized on 1/31/1884. The scale featured a 20-note bass section, designed by C.F. Theodore Steinway. Also known as the Style 4, this model featured an extended capo d’astro bar. In a letter written to Steinway dealers, William Steinway touted the then new Model D’s “…entirely new construction with double cupola steel frame and continuous ring bridge. The improvement in power and sonority of tone is simply marvelous.” This first in the Model D family was the first step toward the modern Steinway concert piano.
Concert Pianist and Professor on her Rebuilt Steinway & Sons Model B
Chupp’s Piano Service is proud to provide many professional pianists with premium restored Steinway & Sons pianos. Accomplished Concert Pianist and Professor Solungga Liu purchased a rebuilt Steinway & Sons Model B Grand Piano from us. She was kind enough to give us the following testimonial.
“The Steinway I bought from you is a magnificent instrument.
Every single detail is amazing – warm and deep tone color, sensitive pedals, and the action – the heart of the piano, is capable of creating a great diversity of timbre. My technician also speaks highly of my piano!”
– Solungga Liu, DMA, Associate Professor of Piano, Bowling Green State University
For over four decades, Chupp’s Piano Service, Inc. has been specializing in the rebuilding of vintage Steinway & Sons grand pianos. Founded in 1975 by master piano technician Dennis Chupp, our fully restored concert level instruments grace the stages of concert halls, university stages and the homes of private residences. Click to view our selection of restored Steinway grands, pre-owned Yamaha and other quality brands of pianos.
A Basic Overview & What You Need to Know
The grand piano is one of, if not the most distinctive and recognizable instruments in history. Invented in the early 1600s by inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori, the piano has a long and rich history. The mention of a grand piano may conjure up images of a shiny black cabinet and seemingly countless black and white keys. But while the outside is magnificent, the inside is where the heart of the piano truly lies. There are over 12,000 parts in a ‘basic’ Steinway grand piano and the vast majority of them are held in the interior of the cabinet. The piano truly is a modern mechanical marvel! Here is a quick rundown of the basic interior parts of a grand piano.
When lifting the lid and looking inside, the first piano part you probably will notice is the large cast iron plate. Although colors and casting methods vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, the basic function of the plate stays the same. The plate (sometimes called the piano’s harp) serves as the backbone for the piano. The strings are affixed to the plate and the pins in the pinblock, so it must be able to withstand up to 40,000 pounds of tension. The large holes you see on the plate are cooling holes, which allow the cast metal to cool evenly. Usually the plate features various patent information and logos from the manufacturer. (You have to put your branding somewhere!)
The large soundboard is placed underneath the plate and strings, and is used to amplify the vibrations. Usually these boards are constructed out of solid spruce wood, however that is not the only material used. We have installed several boards made of out Western Red Cedar; furthermore, companies like Steingraeber are helping to pave the way forward with soundboards made out of carbon fiber. Regardless of the material, the function of the board remains the same, which is to amplify and help project the sound out of the piano. The bridges on top of a soundboard must have the proper string bearing, to allow for the vibrations of the strings to properly resonate through to the board. The greater the area of the soundboard piano part, the more sound it is able to project.
The Restoration of a Lane Cedar Chest
Every once in a while, it is good to complete a personal project for yourself. Kyle recently dug a vintage 1959 mid century modern Lane cedar chest out of a barn. Lane was America’s leading manufacturer of cedar chests beginning in 1912. This chest is a style 1703-50 and features a walnut cabinet with light ash trim. The serial number of 951280 indicates a manufacturing date of 1959.
Repairing & Refinishing
Unfortunately, this cedar chest had seen better days. The old yellowed varnish was stripped and the loose veneer was repaired and then sanded. The entire piece was resprayed in a beautiful semi-gloss finish. Some of the ash trim pieces had fallen off and had become damaged over its years in the barn, so those pieces were carefully repaired and affixed back in place. Kyle and Tim decided to not stain the light trim pieces and leave them in their natural coloring. The original faux drawer pulls were either missing or in bad shape. In any case, they wouldn’t do. New knobs were added that fit the modern styling of the cabinet much better than the originals. The chest lock was removed and decades of gunk and corrosion were polished away.
The Steinway Model O vs. the Model L | What’s the Difference?
Question: “The Steinway Model O and the Model L grand pianos seem to be about the same? What is the difference?
Similar Yet Different | Steinway Model vs. Model L
There are many differences between the various models of pianos bearing the name of Steinway & Sons. From the diminutive 5’1″ Model S to the imposing 8’11” Concert Model D, Steinway pianos run a wide range of sizes and sound. Each size of piano has its place and purpose. However there are models that are considered to be very similar and the Model O and the Model L are two of those. The Model O and the Model L are both about the same size and have actually both replaced each other during various periods in the Steinway & Sons company history.
Learn About Pianos Throughout Time
The creation of the piano dates back centuries, with many different renditions and imaginings of this instrument. While there are scores of books detailing the rise of this musical titan, here are the must knows of a piano’s history for any piano enthusiast in a handy infographic!
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Chupp’s Pianos recently fully restored a vintage Steinway & Sons Model C Semi-Concert Grand Piano for neurosurgeon Dr. Howard Lantner. He was kind enough to send in the following letter of recommendation about his experience purchasing from Chupp’s Pianos.
“I had taken piano lessons as a child for few a years. While I enjoyed it, it was a chore to practice, so quit after elementary school. I had hoped to resume it down the road. 24 years later, I finished school and training and settled in Connecticut. My parents still had the old upright piano in their home and let me take it to my home. I started taking piano lessons on it and hoped that one day I would progress enough to be worthy of a vintage Steinway Grand. That was 23 years ago.
The Steinway Model A Family | What’s the Difference?
Question: “I was looking at Steinway Model A pianos and noticed that there are pianos labeled Model A-1, A-2 and A-3 and it is getting a bit confusing. What is the difference between these models of Steinway pianos?
The First Model A Grand Piano | 1878
The Model A family of pianos consists of several 6′ variants in Steinway’s line of grand pianos. The A-1, A-2 and A-3 are all in the same family, yet there are some distinct differences, and even differences within those models. Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 and the first Model A, the A-1 was first introduced back in 1878. This piano measured 6’ in length. This piano was an 85 note piano and the scale design was scaled down from the larger Model B. When first introduced the Model A was actually the smallest of all of the grand pianos built and sold by Steinway. (This was before the introduction of the Models S, O, L or M.) The scale design was crafted by C.F. Theodore Steinway, an innovative man credited with many of the patents and technical advances introduced by Steinway in their early days of operation. This model was fairly historic in terms of innovation and introduced the bent-rim case construction, which allowed for a better transfer of soundboard vibrations, a technique still in use today.
The 85 note Model A-1 was replaced in 1892-93 by the 88 note Model A-1. The original scale design was modified by Henry Ziegler. This new 88 note Model A-1 did not last that long and was replaced in regular production by the year 1897.
Recently we have been updating our website’s portfolio section with some of the projects, both past and current that we have completed here at Chupp’s Piano Service. I encourage you to view the portfolio section on our site, to see the caliber of work we strive to complete daily here in our workshop. From one of a kind art case pianos, to unique concert hall ready pianos, our work spans a wide gambit. Embedded below are some highlights from our portfolio:
This Model A-II Grand Piano is the only Sketch #425 ever manufactured by Steinway & Sons. Featuring a stunning Tiger Oak veneer and ornate case carvings, this piano has a long and rich history as well! We completely rebuilt this unique and truly one of a kind piano. Click the photo below to read more.
January PTG meeting held at Chupp’s Facility
We regularly host Piano Technicians Guild meetings in our rebuilding facility here in New Paris, IN. The local PTG held their January meeting here at our shop and I hosted the lessons and discussions. We went over some Tips, Tricks and Techniques for minor piano repairs. Also discussed was how to deal with difficult and distasteful situations when going into customer’s homes to work on their pianos. (Mainly disruptive or aggressive animals, ect.) The highlight of the meeting was a comparison of five sample hammers on one of our rebuilt Steinway Model A-II Grand Pianos from five different manufacturers. Blind tests were conducted among the technicians to determine which hammers produced the best tone. We also played and assessed the power and tone of Steinway Model D #269017. This fully rebuilt and restored concert grand piano features a custom action and a unique and powerful Western Red Cedar soundboard.
Attached are several photos from the January Northern Indiana PTG Meeting.
About the Steinway Model B Grand Piano
The First Model B Grands
The Steinway & Sons Model B is considered by many to be a perfect balance of size and power making it a very versatile instrument. Measuring 6’11” in length, 58″ in width and weighing well over 700 pounds these pianos are much larger than a Steinway Model S, M, L. (And a bit larger than the somewhat comparable Model A-II.) The Model B ‘Music Room Grand’ was introduced in 1878 as a replacement for the piano that Steinway called the Monitor Grand. (The first several Model B pianos were built in the style of the Monitor Grands.) In 1891 #73212 the first Model B with an 88 note scale was introduced and in 1897 the Steinway Hamburg factory began production of the Model B.