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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For years, brilliant composers have provided entertainment to the masses, creating beautiful music that is used as background to many of life’s big events. As musicians seek to learn their trade, they are urged to spend a large amount of time studying the greats. Through understanding their history, as well as listening to their music, modern-day composers can learn and grow in their own musical efforts.
While there are many great musical composers whose work was created for the piano, several throughout history stand out. The following composers are among the most revered piano composers of all time for a reason.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Johann Sebastian Bach is known for touching the world with his music without leaving his home country of Germany. Bach was born into a family of musicians, including professional court chamber musicians and a well-known composer and violinist, Johann Ludwig Bach. He began earning a reputation as a talented musician while providing music for religious services and teaching others to play. Many consider Bach to be the greatest musical composer of all time. Bach was shown an early version of what would become the piano during his lifetime, but it was still a novelty during his lifetime, which means the classics many pianists play on pianos today were actually created for the organ or harpsichord.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Ludwig van Beethoven’s musical beginnings were less than auspicious, with his alcoholic father reportedly forcing him to play for hours, punishing him for making errors. Despite these abusive beginnings, Beethoven continued to play into adulthood, creating some of the most iconic works of our time. At the age of ten, he left school to study music with the court organist and a few years later, he accepted an appointment as court organist. A longtime battle with hearing loss led him to eventually become reclusive and, in his final years, he had trouble performing in concert, although he continued to create some of today’s best-known compositions.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Like many famous composers, Mozart began at a very young age, performing for public audiences by the age of six. While working as an assistant concertmaster for the archbishop, he composed music in a variety of genres, creating symphonies, sonatas, operas, and more. He began composing for the piano in 1776, creating the Piano Concerto Number 9 in E Flat Major at the age of 21. His opera, Die Entführung, brought him fame throughout Europe, and his more than 600 compositions have lived on long after his death.
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Johannes Brahms is often grouped with fellow musicians Bach and Beethoven as the “Three Bs” of classical music. During his lifetime, Brahms was revered as one of the best composers of his time, with his notable perfectionism leading him to destroy some of his compositions before they were ever published. Today, he is considered an innovator in music composition, with his works serving as the staple of many operas and concert performances today.
By learning about the masters of musical composition, both pianists and their audiences can grow a greater appreciation for the songs they hear. These musical geniuses have legacies that have continued long after their deaths, serving as a great example to generations of new musicians and classical music fans.
During the week November 14 the renowned Tokyo String Quartet, with guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu, began their latest recording with USA-harmonia mundi. The laureate pianist, Jon Nakamatsu, personally chose a Chupp’s Piano service restored Steinway D (#267275) concert grand from our Ft Wayne Selection Center to use during the recordings with the Tokyo String Quartet. This instrument is for sale!
During the week of recording, Dennis Chupp was the sole tuner and piano technician responsible for insuring the highest quality of concert tuning, tone and action responsiveness for pianist Jon Nakamatsu.
The internationally lauded, and critically acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet , consisting of Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello), was founded in 1969 at the Julliard School of Music. Since the quartet was formed, they have developed an extensive library of over 40 celebrated recording and distinguished teachings and of late has performed over a hundred shows across the globe per season. Since 1995 the Tokyo String Quartet has performed and recorded on the world renown, invaluable “The Paganini Quartet” of Stradivarius instruments. Known for their incomparable sound quality, the “The Paganini Quartet” is one of only six sets of Stradivarius instruments known to currently exist.
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu, winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medal, is an accomplished artist whom maintains an active touring schedule and is a favorite of music lovers across North America, Europe, and much more of the globe. Mr.
Nakamatsu is known for diverse repertoire and brilliant musicianship and has performed at many prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, Warsaw’s Philharmonic Hall, and Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.
It was a great honor, and an incredible experience to meet and work alongside this group of world renown musicians, as well as have one of our pianos be played in accompaniment with irreplaceable instruments like the “The Paganini Quartet” of Stradivarius instruments. At the conclusion of the recording session, all the members of the Tokyo String Quartet and pianist Jon Nakamatsu signed the Steinway Model D #267275 which is for sale in our Ft. Wayne Selection Center.