We have a lot going on (as usual) here at Chupp’s Pianos. As chilly winter weather continues to push fall into the rear view mirror, progress and new things continue to happen here at our facility. New Steinway & Sons rebuilding projects have recently begun. This includes a rare, 1885 Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand. According to records, this piano was the 58th out of around 300 produced in its style. It was the first concert grand in the Steinway line to feature the Henry Z Steinway semi modern scale design! We are excited to begin work on this piano quite soon.
Also of note, is a Steinway & Sons Model B Grand Piano. This particular Model B grand is in a gorgeous Circassian Walnut veneer! The grain detail is quite distinctive and will be absolutely beautiful once we begin the refinishing process. Click here to view more photos of it ‘as is.’
We recently completed re-furbishing a number of high quality upright pianos. Including a Mason & Hamlin Model 50 Professional Upright and a Kawai UST-8 Upright Piano. Both of these instruments are a perfect choice for those looking for a slightly less expensive piano that is still of premium quality. We also are continuing work on several client repair/rebuilding projects. These include Baldwin, Steinway, Mason & Hamlin and Young Chang pianos. These projects range from simple repairs to full, premium restorations. Tuning, moving and other piano services also is keeping us moving.
Here at Chupp’s Pianos we truly enjoy preparing and delivering clients the piano that they have always dreamed of playing. And we are excited to push forward through the New Year!
“NEW TO YOU” UPRIGHT PIANOS IN STOCK HERE AT CHUPP’S
A high quality piano can bring years of music and joy to your life! Especially during the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
Now is the perfect time to select and purchase a brand new to you piano, just in time for the holidays! Looking for something that is high quality yet still within a slightly tighter budget? We have the instrument for you! We recently placed a select number of pre-owned, high quality upright pianos into our showroom inventory. Of particular note are a Mason & Hamlin Model 50 upright and Kawai UST-8 upright piano. These instruments have been fully refurbished by our piano technicians! The actions have been repaired and concert regulated. The key tops have been repaired and cleaned and the cabinets have been repaired and hand rubbed to a satin sheen. Also in stock is a Wurlitzer upright piano in a satin walnut finish.
We also have MANY brand new Kawai Upright and Grand Pianos in stock, as well as our premium restored Steinway & Sons pianos. (We may also have a few Steinways in original condition as well, depending on when you call/email us.) No matter what your budget or personal taste, we have a piano that will fit for you.
The Mason & Hamlin and Kawai upright pianos are priced to move BEFORE Christmas. So if you are interested in these or other pianos, get in touch soon! (Click the button below to email us, or give us a call @ 1-574-831-5820.)
Steinway & Sons | A Basic History
In the early part of the 20th century there were more than 300 piano manufacturers in the United States alone, churning pianos out of factories large and small at a rapid pace. A piano was THE luxury item that everyone wanted in their home. If you didn’t have one already you wanted one and if you had one, you probably wanted to upgrade to a better one. Today, few of these companies remain in business, victims of changing taste and economic swings. However Steinway & Sons continues on.
The Steinway name is everywhere. From the cabinets of living room baby grand pianos to the foremost concert venues in the world, the mention of Steinway still commands a deep respect for the instruments and the music artists create with them. Here is a basic history of this famed business.
The Founding of Steinway:
The company was founded on March 5, 1853 by Henry Engelhard Steinway. An immigrant from Germany, he had already built 482 pianos by the time he founded the new company in New York, New York. His first Steinway & Sons piano sold to a local family for the price of five hundred dollars.
The company grew rapidly. So rapidly that within a year he moved the business to a larger facility on Walker Street. By the 1860s a new factory housed the piano manufacturing and a workforce of 350 were producing over 1,800 pianos a year. In the early days of Steinway, new ideas and innovation were key to their success. The famed duplex scale, overstrung bass strings and many other industry changing designs were developed during this time.
Recently we provided a restored Steinway & Sons Model B Grand Piano to Catherine Walker in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Here is what she had to say:
When I decided to begin the process of “active replacement” for my personal piano, I knew that there was only one call I needed to make. My experience with Chupp’s Pianos, while purchasing pianos for my school some years ago, was stellar and inspired complete confidence in my decision to return to your company. My hope was to upgrade to a more professional instrument but the acquisition of a Steinway seemed like a an unrealistic fantasy. That being said, here I sit with a gorgeous Steinway B in my home. I am still overwhelmed by this gorgeous piano and I still feel like I must be dreaming.
This was only possible with your help and guidance.
My entire experience with Chupp’s Pianos was first-rate from beginning to end. Every detail was anticipated and handled in a timely and professional manner. Your expert skills as a technician and artist combined with the beauty of this instrument has a created an piano which is truly magical. I fully appreciated your desire to customize this instrument for my specific tastes and desires as an artist…..and that you did! I am having difficulty walking past this piano without stopping to play it. Needless to say, other tasks lay in wait while I continue to go through my repertoire hour after hour. I am also excitedly planning to learn new repertoire because I think it would sound so gorgeous on this instrument.
Once I made the decision to purchase this instrument, I was concerned about moving the piano to Ann Arbor and shifting my current instrument to a new location. Once again, I was assured that Chupp’s Pianos delivers all over the country and again this process exceeded my expectations. The delivery was smooth as silk and the team was professional, helpful and personable. They attended to every detail and took great care moving both instruments.
In addition to the piano and the move, I appreciated you attention to other details that I desired such as a cover, the climate control system, an artist bench, a hygrometer, the polishing cloth and my very own Steinway mug…..which I have used everyday.
I am endlessly pleased with my entire experience at Chupp’s Pianos and will continue to highly recommend you and your company to others, as I have done in the past. This experience has simply confirmed what I have known for the past fifteen years. Dennis and all the folks Chupp’s Pianos make this company truly exceptional! What a gem in the heart of Indiana!
Catherine A. Walker
Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
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.
About the Cheyenne Civic Center:
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:
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!
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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?