Chupp’s Pianos offers world-class piano restoration services. The restored pianos we have worked on are now in homes, on stages and in concert venues throughout the United States and beyond. We take great pride in the stellar craftsmanship and quality work we put toward restoring a piano. We have expert knowledge in all piano brands which allows us to expertly restore any piano you might have.
We are a family owned and operated business that has successfully offered our piano restoration services to customers across the US and beyond for many decades. Our customers include music lovers who entrust us with their prized pianos, accomplished musicians who rely on us to restore their priceless instruments and universities and concert halls needing pianos that meet exacting standards. You can get a better idea of our restorations by viewing our work below.
The Steinway & Sons Model A-III is one of our favorite Steinway scale designs. Many pianists and experts agree that the Model A-III is a piano that is capable of a much larger sound than what its 6’4″ stature would initially indicate. The advanced scale design and extra length when compared with the smaller A-1 and A-2 models puts it more on par with Steinway Model B Grands than its smaller brethren. Reliable industry sources say that the Model A3 was discontinued by Steinway due to the competition it was creating for the more expensive Model B.
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 at this very piano.) The piano is believed to have been moved out of the mansion in 1969. The Deputy family generously donated the piano to the Ruthmere Museum.
The Steinway & Sons Model D-274 is truly a standard setting instrument. Measuring 9′ in length and weighing a thousand pounds, these imposing and beautiful pianos are truly a work of art in and of themselves. Steinway Model D #275187 is one of the many concert grand pianos we have had the pleasure of fully restoring and rebuilding. Built in 1932 at the height of Steinway quality, this ‘golden age’ instrument boasts an incredibly responsive action and a powerful, concert level sound. This piano received a custom fitted solid spruce soundboard, a new custom fitted pinblock, a fully rebuilt action, a satin ebony, closed pore lacquer finish and so much more. The piano features incredibly rare, like new one piece genuine ivory keytops, making this piano extra special. The action has been fully regulated to top concert standards and expert tone regulation has been performed to bring out the very best from this piano.
Steinway & Sons produced Jacobean style pianos from the mid 1920s to the mid 1940s. This very distinctive style is quite rare to find, let alone in full rebuilt condition. Steinway & Sons Model B #271043 was manufactured at the New York Steinway factory in 1931 and was fully rebuilt by us here at Chupp’s Piano Service. This instrument underwent an extensive restoration process to return it to its former glory. Painstaking cabinet repair was undertaken and the curved connecting arms between the individual legs were expertly re fabricated. The piano was refinished in a premium hand rubbed, closed pore lacquer to return the instrument to the factory authentic condition and color. This is just one of the many unique pianos that we have rebuilt over the years. Click to read more about this piano!
This stunning, truly one of a kind Steinway & Sons Model A-II Art Case Grand Piano was manufactured at the New York Steinway factory on June 30th, 1903. This incredibly rare piano features a cabinet in a fancy sketch #425 Renaissance Design carved and darkened with special markings. This one of a kind piano was the only sketch #425 piano ever produced. This piano was manufactured by Steinway and was sent to another New York based company, Hoffstettler to have the case work done. For its intricately wrought scroll work on the legs and case, the Hoffstettler Company brought in a master craftsman from Germany to hand carve the gorgeous Tiger Oak. Click to read more about this extraordinary piano!
Steinway & Sons Model D #269017 was built in 1929. This unique and powerful concert grand piano has been fully restored by Chupp’s Piano Service. This piano features a Western Red Cedar soundboard which gives this piano a powerful and unique sound. In the early 1980s Master Technician Dennis Chupp talked with Fred Drasche a veteran of the Steinway & Sons company. During this conversation Fred told Dennis that Steinway manufactured two Model D grands in the 1950s that featured Red Cedar soundboards. He said “…those were two of the best sounding Steinway Ds I ever heard.” Ever since then it has been one of our goals to install a Red Cedar soundboard, a goal we were able to complete recently.
In the spring of 1985, owner/master technician of Chupp’s Pianos, Dennis Chupp has the opportunity to receive extensive training from legendary Steinway & Sons master technician Fred Drasche. Fred began work at the New York Steinway & Sons factory back in 1922 and continued with the company for over 75 years.
Fred Drasche was a vital part of the Steinway company and was inducted into the Piano Technicians Guild Hall of Fame. Dennis has always been appreciative of the opportunity to receive training, insight and knowledge from this legend of the piano industry.
The pin block in a grand piano is obviously an important component to both the stability of tone and structural integrity of the instrument. Logically, care must be taken during the manufacturing and re-manufacturing process to ensure a secure and tight fit between the pin block and the cast iron plate. Recently we have come across a number of pianos where care was NOT taken during the factory manufacturing process. We have begun/completed work on a number of Young Chang grand pianos where the fit between the plate and the pin block quite frankly was almost nonexistent as you can see in the photos. Young Chang utilizes a very fine quality pinblock, so the bad fit is rather unfortunate. We utilized an advanced compound to fill the gap and ensure structural and tuning stability in these fine pianos.