Chupp’s Pianos specializes in 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. Our team has hard-won, expert knowledge regarding 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 globe forever four 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 the most exacting standards. You can get a better idea of the level of our restorations by viewing the portfolio of our work below.
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.
This extraordinary 1901 Steinway & Sons Model B Grand Piano was fully rebuilt and restored by us. Featuring a new soundboard & bridges, new pinblock, new German music wire, tuning pins, custom made bass strings, new German Renner wippens, new hammers, shanks and flanges and much more. This pre-World War II ‘golden age’ Steinway piano is in a rare, Quarter Sawn Oak veneer. This piano received a premium closed pore, hand rubbed finish that brought out the unique and detailed grain pattern. The action was fully regulated by our expert piano technicians and it was weighed off to exacting Steinway specifications. This is a stunning, concert level instrument and is a great example of the work we regularly do here at Chupp’s Piano Service!
We recently completed the full restoration of this gorgeous Hamburg Steinway & Sons Model D Concert Grand Piano. This piano features a stunning and rare Brazillian Rosewood piano. A new soundboard and bridges were installed as well as a new custom fitted pinblock, new premium German music wire and tuning pins and custom manufactured bass strings. The original ivory key tops were restored. The action received a full re-build with new German Renner Wippens, new Genuine Hamburg Steinway Hammers, Shanks and Flanges. The semi-gloss closed pore lacquer finish was hand rubbed to bring out the distinctive grain detail. The action was weighed off to Steinway & Sons specs for maximum responsiveness and speed. This instrument is a gorgeous piano and we were honored to restore and provide this to a client.
This 1914 Steinway & Sons Model A Grand Piano was fully rebuilt by us. A new soundboard, bridges, pin block, premium German music wire, turning pins, custom produced bass strings, damper felts, German Renner wippens, hammers, shanks, flanges and keytops were installed. The original plate was regilded and hand lettered. The damper back action was fully restored and the action underwent a full concert regulation. The finish received a premium closed pore, hand rubbed satin finish. This is a great example of the quality work we do on a regular basis here at Chupp’s.
Many of the pianos that we are asked to restore come from homes and estate sales in fairly decent condition. This Steinway was an exception. Stored in a garage for years, this instrument received one of the most extensive restorations we have ever undertaken. Every aspect of this piano was inspected and painstakingly restored. From the action, to the keytops to the cabinet repair, care was taken on every aspect of this project. It is the subject of a short documentary we produced. Link: https://youtu.be/CH6mabIucUc
In 2015 we restored a vintage Steinway & Sons Model D Grand Piano for the Cheyenne Civic Center. The piano was carefully rebuilt and regulated by our expert piano technicians to bring back the iconic Steinway tone we all know and love. Tim Chupp recently traveled out to Cheyenne, Wyoming to make some finishing touches to the instrument in its new home. Attached below is a photo of the instrument sitting on the concert venue’s beautiful stage.