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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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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