The Joplin Globe Highlights the Piano Restoration Work of Chupp’s Piano Service, Inc.
In 1950, the Cheyenne Civic Music Association purchased Steinway & Sons Model D #329504. Serving as the primary concert instrument of the Cheyenne Civic Center, the piano eventually grew to need a full restoration. Due to time-sensitive demands, the association contacted Chupp’s Piano Service and traded in #329504 toward the purchase of another vintage instrument. Our team of piano technicians and restoration experts completed an extensive, painstaking restoration of this New York built concert grand- and this historic piano is now prepared to serve its intended purpose once again – this time at the Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex in Joplin, MO. Tim Chupp of Chupp’s Piano Service was recently contacted by Marta Churchwell of the Joplin Globe to share a bit more about this instrument and its story. An excerpt of this conversation is included and you can read the entire article at the link below.
JOPLIN, MO – When I heard that the piano purchased for the performance hall of the new Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex had its own climate-controlled storage room, I surmised that it must be a remarkable instrument.
Then I heard it was a Steinway concert grand piano, the Mercedes of pianos. The one purchased for the Cornell Complex is a model D, the cream of the crop in Steinways. It’s an ebony beauty that’s 9 feet in length.
I wondered about its value, so I contacted Tim Chupp, vice president of operations for Chupp Pianos, a New Paris, Indiana, piano service that restored the 1949 Steinway that was purchased for the Cornell Complex.”
Chupp still has a flyer from the 1950 Steinway News that notes the purchase of this piano. “The Cheyenne Civic Music Association, Cheyenne, Wyo., purchased a Steinway model D concert grand through the Charles E. Wells Music Co., Steinway dealers in Denver, Colo.,” the announcement said.
The Cheyenne Civic Music Association was the sole owner of the piano until the Cornell Complex purchased it from the Chupp Co. The music association had consulted with Chupp about restoring it in recent years, but because the restoration would take several months, the music association opted to purchase a new piano, Chupp said.
“It had only been a one-owner instrument and had stayed in a climate- and humidity-controlled room for its lifetime,” said Chupp. “It had never been moved until it was taken out of the Cheyenne building.”
[Read the entire Joplin Globe article by clicking here.]
Restoring the voice of historic instruments
About Us: Since 1975, Chupp’s Piano Service, Inc. has been specializing in the full rebuilding and restoration of vintage grand pianos. Located in the heart of Northern Indiana, our work has grown to become the preferred choice of numerous concert venues, institutions, and pianists around the world.
Founded by Master Piano Technician Dennis Chupp, our team is made up of top piano specialists. Our work continues to be executed with a focus on the piano as a musical instrument foremost in mind. For more information about the work we do, feel free to get in touch with us via email or phone.
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