Inside the Shop
– Interviews & Documentaries –
A Passion for the Piano: An Interview with Dennis Chupp
Founded by Dennis Chupp, Chupp’s Piano Service has grown from Dennis himself as the single tuner/technician to a complete team of piano professionals who are experts in the entire piano restoration process. In this interview, Dennis discusses what inspired him to begin working in the piano tuning business and how his field of expertise steadily grew, thanks to continued study and the mentorship of many expert piano technicians.
The Baldwin: The Story of a Piano Restoration
This historic Baldwin Model M Baby Grand Piano was fully rebuilt by Chupp’s Piano Service. Built in 1938 at the Cincinnati Baldwin piano factory, this grand piano was a family heirloom of the Deputy family, the last residents of the historic Ruthmere Mansion in Elkhart, Indiana. (In fact, one of their family portraits at the museum shows the family sitting around this very piano.) The piano is believed to have been moved out of the mansion in 1969. Recently, the Deputy family generously donated the Baldwin piano to the Ruthmere Museum, returning it to its former home.
The Garage Piano | The Story of a Steinway Piano
This is the story of the restoration of a Steinway & Sons Grand Piano. This instrument was left alone and neglected in a garage for over 20 years. This short documentary follows the rebuilding process and tells the story of the piano’s full restoration and rebirth. From cosmetic repairs such as replacing the keytops and refinishing the cabinet, to extensively restoring the piano action, this piano documentary shows the work that goes into returning a vintage New York Steinway to its former glory. The art of piano rebuilding is truly, art you can feel!
Showroom Conversations with Zsolt Bognár of Living the Classical Life
“Pianist, host, and author Zsolt Bognár holds a meteoric, multi-dimensional career that re-defines what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Known to many around the globe in musical and cultural circles, Mr. Bognár is host of the award-winning film series Living the Classical Life. As concert pianist, he frequently gives inspiring performances in North America, Europe, and Asia.”
Here at Chupp’s Piano Service, we know Zsolt as both a client and as a friend. We are greatly honored to have sat down with him to discuss his start in music, what has inspired him along his journey, and the themes that he has found interwoven between musicians and their art. Chupp’s Piano Service will be featured in an upcoming episode of Living the Classical Life.
Starting Young: An Interview with Peter Balke
Peter Balke was introduced to the piano at a young age. What began as a passion for playing the instrument as a hobby grew to him pursuing a career in piano technology. Peter sat down to discuss his inspirations, what his day-to-day tasks are at Chupp’s Piano Service, and where he feels the piano industry is heading in the near future. We invite you to learn more and meet the team here at Chupp’s!