Model D #269017 | A Unique Steinway Piano
In the early 1980s, I had a long conversation with Fred Drasche the former head service technician at Steinway. As we discussed the history of Steinway and their instruments, he told me that around 1950, Steinway produced two Model D grand pianos with Western Red Cedar soundboards. The red cedar was used in place of the regular spruce soundboards.
His words were “those were two of the best sounding Steinway Ds I ever heard.” For many years, we here at Chupp’s Pianos wanted to install a western red cedar soundboard. This goal was something which we were finally able to accomplish recently! Out of five pianos in which we installed western red cedar soundboards, Steinway Model D #269017 is the most powerful of them all. Some of the finest acoustic guitars incorporate western red cedar tops to obtain optimal tonal quality so utilizing this material in musical instruments is not uncommon. Attached is a link to more information about the piano and photos are embedded below.
We have restored many, many Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grands and this unique Steinway is one of the most powerful sounding instruments we have ever completed. A truly beautiful experience that needs to be felt in person to fully appreciate!
Experimenting with different materials and parts is essential to achieving the sound and playing experience pianists seek. Here at Chupp’s we are always open to experimentation, grounded upon time honored techniques and craftsmanship. On every piano we rebuild we are ready and willing to utilize the parts and action components of your choosing. Whether you want to use Renner, Pacific Gold, genuine Steinway & Sons or any other brand of action parts or you require a custom Red Cedar soundboard, we are fully prepared to customize your instrument to your tastes.
– Dennis Chupp
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