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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Top Five Reasons to Purchase a Kawai

Top Five Reasons to Purchase a Kawai Piano

Kawai has made a name for themselves as a quality piano manufacturer with a rich history. Here are just a few reasons why purchasing a Kawai piano from Chupp’s is a wise decision.

1: Quality Manufacturing.

With dozens of respected piano companies competing for a share of the market, many have moved their production to places like China in an attempt to reduce their overhead. Although it does reduce production costs it can come at a steep drop in quality. Kawai still has their headquarters and factories in Japan and retain the high quality and control expected by artists around the world.

2: Pioneering Advancement.

Kawai is well known and respected for their innovation when it comes to the parts that go into their many pianos. In 1971 Kawai began utilizing ABS for pieces of their piano actions. Why did they do this? According to tests completed in 1998 the ABS parts were more consistent in size, were over 50% stronger and were much more resistant to environmental problems. Recently Kawai has combined their ABS with carbon fibers to create an ABS Carbon. This is much stronger than their previous design and allows for lighter parts, creating a quicker and more responsive action. Although some, including competitors have attempted to discredit the ‘plastic’ parts, they have proved to be long lasting and very precise.  Kawai hasn’t been afraid to try new things and this has benefited the music industry as a whole. Read More…

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Chupp’s Pianos’ YouTube Channel Re-Launched

After a long hiatus we are pleased to relaunch our YouTube channel!

We will be posting audio samples, performances and much more. Be sure to check it out and subscribe!

Here is our first ‘new’ upload: “Number Five, an original piano composition by Philip Balke. Played on a 1923 Steinway & Sons A-III Grand Piano, serial number 216525.”


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Want to learn more?

Want To Know More About What We Do? Good!

There are hundreds of little details that go into each and everyone of our restoration projects here at Chupp’s Pianos. From the soundboard to the action, care is taken along every step of the way. While some businesses simply throw in a few new parts and call it a day, we utilize the finest components while adjusting and perfecting the instrument to concert perfection. Not many people know the work that goes into each project that we take on. Read More…

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Prairie Home Companion @ Goshen College

“A Prairie Home Companion” uses Steinway D Restored by Chupp’s Pianos

9′ Steinway D restored by Chupp’s Pianos used in Live Broadcast

Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” has been on the air for over 40 years and reaches over 4 million people over 500 public radio stations throughout the United States.

The show recently went on the road to broadcast live from Goshen College’s Sauder Concert Hall here in Indiana and utilized the 9’ Steinway D that Chupp’s Piano Service has rebuilt and maintained. Read More…

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Steinway upright pianos

Steinway Upright Pianos

What Makes a Steinway Upright Piano Different?

Steinway pianos are truly musical treasures. Properly restored, a Steinway upright piano grows more valued with time and becomes an integral part of your life and home.

Steinway is often what comes to mind when people think of the classic piano. For more than 150 years, Steinway has been the preferred instrument of those who know pianos. From piano teachers to famous musicians, Steinway is the piano of choice.

Over 90% of concert pianists perform on a Steinway

It is no accident accomplished musicians choose Steinway. The company is known for its craftsmanship and designs pianos that are essentially made by hand. Steinway pianos feature more than 12,000 individual parts, none of which are synthetic. Keys are balanced, hammers are hardened or softened, and the sound that is produced from a Steinway is as near to perfect as it can be.

Steinway Construction

The construction of a Steinway upright starts with selecting and curing the piano’s wood to ensure proper moisture content. The piano’s rims are constructed with layers of hard rock maple and cast-iron plates that are designed to withstand the tension exerted by the strings. Steinways are suitable for beginning students, but stand up to professional use.

Restoring a Steinway Upright

Restoring a Steinway upright is no easy task. We put the same attention to detail and care into restoring pianos as Steinway does when building their pianos. We understand how special a Steinway piano is and we know what it will bring to your home. Our goal is to provide you with a quality instrument that brings music and beauty into your life.

If investing in a classic piano is the right option for you, we can help. We restore Steinway and Sons upright pianos, so you can get the instrument you want at an affordable price. If you have dreamed of owning a new piano, but the price tag makes that impossible, our selection of Steinway pianos puts it back within reach.

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Concert Pianist Pina Antonelli Praises Chupp’s Piano

Chupp’s Piano Service has worked with legendary concert pianist Pina Antonelli for over a decade. She has purchased her two Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grands from us and we then worked with her to later sell one of these instruments and trade the other for one of our premium restored Steinway Model B Grands. She was kind enough to send in this letter of testimony.

Dear Dennis,

Thank you for your on-going efforts on behalf of selling my beloved Steinway D.

Your personal approach and generous attitude have been very cons­oling and always engendering trust and confidence.

Parting with such a fine instrument was rather “wrenching” for me.

You have been patient, kind and determined, for which I am grateful.

Your integrity, enthusiasm and obvious expertise in all our past dealings will certainly be the incentive for future ones as they may arise.

My very BEST wishes for continuing success in your business.

Health and prosperity for you and yours always!”

Sincerely, Pina Antonelli  

Who is Pina Antonelli? Italian piano diva Pina Antonelli renders Classical and Romantic music with entertaining commentary. She delights audiences with her warmth, wit and spontaneity, frequently calling to mind the levity of Victor Borge and Anna Russell.


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Dueling Pianos; Double the Fun

5 Ways Dueling Pianos Successfully Engage Audiences

dueling pianosPianists have been entertaining guests at restaurants and lounges for decades. But in recent years, dueling piano bars have grown in popularity. America is now home to more than 200 dueling piano bars, including Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans. Pat O’Brien’s was the home of the first dueling piano bar in 1933. Today, dueling pianos are popular not only at bars and lounges, but also at weddings, parties, and corporate events.
Incorporating two talented pianists in one location, dueling pianos have become a great alternative to a traditional evening out. Audiences tend to get involved in the experience, requesting songs and cheering for their favorites. For a dueling piano experience to be a success, however, several factors must first be in place.

Piano Placement

Whether dueling pianists will be performing in a venue or at an event like a party, piano placement is crucial. Guests must be able to see the pianists and a system must be set up to facilitate song requests. In smaller settings, guests should be able to approach the piano to make requests directly to the pianists, usually in the form of a slip of paper in a glass.

Honoring Requests

Because audience participation is such a large part of the dueling piano experience, it’s important that both pianists have a large musical repertoire. Songs like Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing and Billy Joel’s Piano Man can almost be expected as requests, but there are songs that are specific to parties and weddings. This list of the most popular songs can help dueling pianists prepare for a dueling piano performance.

High-Quality Sound

The audience expects to be entertained, so sound quality is important. This starts with choosing a venue that is conducive to piano music and is enhanced by the use of a sound technician who can bring the music alive within that venue. In some cases, performers have no control over the sound in a location, but it can make a big difference when pianists have a say in where they perform.

Absence of Distractions

If an audience is surrounded by wall-mounted TVs, that audience may be more interested in watching the big game than enjoying the show. For best results, dueling pianists should ensure there are no distractions to keep the audience as engaged as possible in the performance.

Incorporate the Audience

A successful dueling piano experience includes the audience as much as the pianists. The experience is a very interactive one, from playing the songs guests want to hear to voting on the best performer. For special events, dueling pianists should allow the guests to serve as hosts of sorts, introducing songs and singing if they choose. Bringing audience members on stage is a great way to make the experience memorable for everyone in attendance.

Whether heading out for a night on the town or planning a party or wedding reception, dueling pianos are a unique, fun type of entertainment. Dueling pianists bring audiences into the show and make the experience a participatory one, rather than simply playing music.

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