SOLD: 1894 Steinway Model C Semi-Concert Grand Piano | Empire Style Art Case – Mahogany – Restored

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1894 Steinway & Sons Model C Semi-Concert Grand Piano | #81103

Steinway & Sons Model C Semi-Grand Pianos measure approx 7’5″ in length and are among the rarest of the larger Steinway Grand Pianos. Considered a ‘semi-concert grand, these instruments were first produced in New York between 1878 and 1905. These pianos continued to be produced in smaller, custom requested runs between 1906 and 1936 and they are still manufactured at the Hamburg Steinway Factory. Steinway Model C #81103 was crafted in 1894 at the New York Steinway Factory. This rare, Art Case instrument features a round arm cabinet design with double narrow moldings around the case. The cabinet is a rare Empire-style Art Case cabinet that paved the way for the modern-day Sketch 380 design that sets the standard for Steinway pianos to this day. At the time, the standard grand piano built by Steinway was in keeping with the late Victorian design sensibilities of the time. It is easy to imagine the impact this ‘modern’ style would have had when compared to standard pianos of its day! This Empire Steinway Model C is covered in a rich cut of African Flame Mahogany and has been expertly brought to life with a close pore, hand-rubbed satin ebony lacquer. This contrasts beautifully with the re-plated, original nickel hardware. This historic, vintage piano stands ready to sing the next part of its story.


The piano’s action has been fully rebuilt with the finest quality parts including new German Renner wippens and new natural felt hammers, shanks, and flanges. The piano features a new Kluge by Steinway keyset. Our piano technicians have completed extensive action and tone regulation to bring out a responsive touch and the iconic, New York Steinway tone. The original damper heads have been refinished and new damper felts have been installed. A new Renner Back Action has been installed and the pedal system has been fully restored. The massive cast iron plate, the backbone of the piano, has been expertly rebronzed. New premium German music wire and custom copper wound bass strings have been fitted to blued tuning pins that shine like jewels. These are driven into a new, custom-fitted hard maple pinblock. A new solid spruce soundboard has been installed for optimum stability and quality of tone.

The cast iron plate has been re-bronzed and the raised lettering has been carefully hand-detailed. This is an absolutely stunning vintage instrument and it will surely be the centerpiece of any room it is placed in. The Empire-style Art Case design is a rare and exciting part of Steinway company history. This angular, geometric design would pave the way for what people expect a modern grand piano to look like. The late 19th, early 20th centuries is the time that Steinway truly cemented itself as the world’s premier piano builder. Today, the Empire design is a true rarity. This piano is a true example of the golden age of piano craftsmanship and is an instrument of true, concert-level quality. The bold, commanding structure of this piano is matched by a powerful, Steinway quality of tone.

Restoration Includes;

  • New solid spruce soundboard & bridge caps
  • New custom fitted hard maple pinblock
  • New Renner wippens [repititions]
  • New hammers, shanks & flanges
  • New Kluge by Steinway keyboard
  • New Renner Back Action
  • New German music wire, tuning pins
  • Highest quality custom made bass strings
  • Re-bronzed cast iron plate
  • Hand detailed raised plate lettering
  • African Flame Mahogany cabinet
  • Closed pore, hand rubbed satin lacquer finish
  • Rare Empire-style art case cabinet
  • New damper felts, Refinished damper heads
  • Action weighed off to custom specifications
  • Concert action regulation
  • Concert level tone regulation
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Steinway & Sons Model C Semi-Concert Grand Piano - Empire Art Case - Leg Capital

Empire Style Art Case Leg Capital – Steinway Model C #81103

This fully rebuilt and refinished Steinway Model C Concert Grand is a wonderful example of the high quality that was standard during the golden age of piano manufacturing. This instrument features a wide tonal range with a roaring bass supporting a bell-like treble section. The action is very quick and responsive, allowing the artist unparalleled control. This piano is truly worthy of bearing the Steinway name! Pre-WWII Steinway Pianos are considered to be some of the finest musical instruments ever produced. This dedication to high quality and innovation was what made the Steinway company a leader in the piano industry.

We are proud to carry on the tradition of lasting craftsmanship here at Chupp’s Piano Service. We are a full-service piano business located in the heart of Northern Indiana and we specialize in the full rebuilding of vintage Steinway Grand Pianos. We do not simply refinish the cabinet and change parts. We have the education, experience, and dedication required to truly re-manufacture these historic musical instruments. We spend many hours beyond the industry norm performing expert action and tone regulation to ensure a concert-level playing experience. Our work has become the preferred choice of numerous concert venues, universities, and professional pianists. Our piano rebuilding facility and showroom feature an uncommonly large selection of original condition and fully restored art case Steinway pianos for you to select from today.

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Founded in 1975 by Master Piano Technician Dennis Chupp, Chupp's Piano Service, Inc. has been serving the piano needs of the music community around the world for over forty years. Specializing in premium restored Steinway & Sons, new Kawai, vintage Mason & Hamlin and pre-owned Yamaha pianos, Chupp's Piano Service is a full-service piano business.
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