Chupp’s Pianos Exhibits at the 60th Annual PTG Convention & Technical Institute
If you were staying at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel this past week, you may have seen a few pianos around. The 60th Annual PTG Convention & Technical Institute was held in St. Louis and Chupp’s Piano Service served as one of the ‘Key Sponsors’ and manned a booth in the exhibit hall. Dennis, Tim and Ben alternated between manning the booth and classes, while Philip attended a number of classes over the course of the convention.
The piano we exhibited was Steinway Model A-3 Grand Piano #188826. Built in 1918, this nearly 100-year-old piano is quite rare due to its quarter sawn oak cabinet. This wood was used very rarely on Steinway pianos and very few of them were ever built. (More info on this piano can be found here.) Piano makers represented included Yamaha, Bosendorfer, Kawai, Mason & Hamlin, Schimmel, Pearl River, Hailun and Blutner. (New Steinway & Sons was not present in the hall.)
Aside from featuring our piano rebuilding work, we also introduced our new Durablock pinblock panels and the Melody Cradle Dolly System. More information on both of these products can be found on their product web pages. These are some of the first products we have offered directly to technicians and other rebuilders.
Being next to the Mason & Hamlin/Wessel, Nickel & Gross booth had some advantages! Some good conversations were had regarding the history and design of the pianos. The Mason & Hamlin people are always incredibly friendly and open about their products and designs. Their carbon fiber action parts have grown in popularity over the past several years and are now preferred by hundreds of schools, institutions, and pianists. If you get a chance to speak with them, don’t hesitate!
We enjoyed getting the chance to meet new friends and catch up with old ones. If you have any questions regarding our business or services, do not hesitate to get in contact! See you next year in Lancaster, PA!
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