When listing the makers of fine concert level grand pianos, the name “Everett” is normally not among them. Mainly known for their upright pianos built in South Haven, Michigan, Everett was later purchased by Yamaha in one of the Japanese company’s forays into the North American market. However, prior to this, Everett was a Boston based company that manufactured heavily built, premium quality upright and grand pianos. Unfortunately, much of the information regarding the early days of Everett have passed into history.
Everett Concert Grand Piano #284 is one of the most interesting concert grand pianos we have ever had the pleasure of rebuilding. This instrument features bass strings that are a full foot longer in places than a Steinway Model D! Featuring an incredibly wide cabinet, this piano casts an imposing figure. The art case cabinet features moldings around the lower part of the case and it sits on tapered, carved legs with clean, simple capitals. The piano features locks for both the fallboard and lid. Almost ‘over built’, great care was obviously taken during the construction of this huge piano.
A new solid spruce soundboard was installed along with a new custom fitted rock maple pinblock. The pinblock area in the treble section of this piano is so large that it required the equivalent of two normal pinblock panels to complete! The massive cast iron plate was rebronzed and hand lettered. The plate features a high number of plate holes creating a beautiful geometric pattern inside of the case. This also aids in reducing the weight of the instrument. New blued tuning pins were installed along with the highest quality music wire and custom manufactured soft copper wound bass strings. The damper back action was restored and new Renner felts were installed.
The cabinet was refinished in a closed pore, hand rubbed satin ebony finish and the nickel hardware was replated. The action was fully rebuilt with new hammers, shanks, flanges and wippens. The piano also features a new custom crafted keyset. Each key was individually weighed off to provide the responsiveness required of the most advanced pianist and a proper touch weight. The piano’s bass section is truly thunderous and the treble rings with a clear voice. Everett #284 is a magnificent example of the golden age of piano building! They simply don’t make them like they used to. It appears that the numbering system for Everett’s concert grand pianos were separate from their production line instruments. If anyone has information regarding the exact date this piano was built or information regarding Everett concert grand pianos in general, please get in touch!
This Everett concert grand piano was fully rebuilt by us for a private client near Richmond, Indiana.
Restoring History – Fine Piano Rebuilding
Our expert piano technicians have spent hours beyond the norm ensuring this instrument is of top concert quality. During the pre-WWII era, quality was high and craftsmen had access to the finest cabinet woods and other materials. The level of quality was incredible during this golden age of the piano. This tradition is one we have dedicated ourselves to continuing here at Chupp’s Piano Service.
Our showroom in Goshen, IN. and rebuilding facility in New Paris feature a large selection of fully restored and new pianos for sale. For over four decades our specialty has been the refurbishing, restoration and repair vintage Steinway & Sons grand pianos. The Art of Piano Rebuilding is truly art you can feel! Interested in having your piano fully rebuilt? Get in touch with us today for more information.
Chupp’s Piano Service – Vintage Piano Restoration – New Kawai Grand, Upright & Digital Pianos
Built in 1918 at the Kurtzmann Piano Factory of Buffalo, New York, this art case grand piano is a truly stunning example of historic piano manufacturing! The late 19th century through the early 20th century saw the golden era of the piano take form, as hundreds of competing companies fought to gain their share of the burgeoning piano market. This intense competition forged lasting quality and names that continue to represent the finest in craftsmanship.
Crafted at the New York Steinway & Sons Factory in 1896/1897, this fine Steinway & Sons Model B is in an imposing yet elegant Victorian Art Case cabinet design. The Model B has long had a reputation for being a powerful, awe-inspiring musical instrument and this grand piano is no exception! This piano was selected by us for a full restoration including a new action, a rebuilt belly, and a full filled cabinet finish.
Today, the 6’11” Steinway & Sons Model B Grand Piano is commonly referred to as ‘the perfect piano’. However, before this legendary piano rose to prominence, there was another instrument that helped push Steinway pianos toward being the world-class instruments they are known as today. Designed by C.F. Theodore Steinway, the Style 1, commonly referred to as the ‘Monitor’ was first put into production in 1871. It bears a marked resemblance to a scale design he created prior to joining his family at Steinway & Sons.
The Steinway & Sons Model D is the concert piano which all others are judged against. Number 51257 was the first Model D to be completed on January 31st, 1884. Steinway Model D #53671 was built a short time later and was among the first of these legendary pianos to be built. Completed on July 21st, 1885, this New York built Concert Grand is one of the finest examples of ‘golden age’ piano making that we have ever seen. According to Steinway New York Factory records, this piano was sold to its first owner in the fall of 1918, so we are assuming this instrument was utilized as an early Concert & Artists instrument during the intervening years.
Built at the New York Steinway Factory in 1917, this Steinway Model B is a wonderful example of historic Art Case piano design. The Model B has long been considered to be one of the world’s most ‘perfect pianos.’ Measuring just under seven feet, these semi-concert instruments are often chosen due to their wonderful balance of size and sound. Steinway Model B #180473 was crafted during the pre-WWII ‘golden era’ of Steinway Factory quality. The quality of workmanship and the materials available resulted in some of the finest grand pianos ever manufactured. As the development of the modern piano began to culminate, more and more work was put into turning the cabinet of the piano into a work of visual art.
In 1980, Ed Hendricks of Hendricks’ Keyboards in Downers Grove, IL invited Dennis Chupp and Walter L. Boshart up to the Chicago area to meet John Steinway. John joined Steinway & Sons in 1939 and worked his way through various positions, eventually serving as the company Chairman.
John Steinway is pictured signing the Steinway Service Manual for Dennis. Through the great assistance of the late Ed Hendricks, Dennis would later have the opportunity to train at the New York Steinway Factory in March of 1981.
Before the well known Steinway Model D Concert Grand ruled the concert stage, there were a number of ‘Early Scale’ grands which were amazing instruments in their own right. A few years ago we rebuilt an 1868 Steinway & Sons Style 4 (Fancy) Early Concert Scale grand piano for the Lodge & Spa at Three Fork’s Ranch in Wyoming. This Early Concert Scale design was the first Steinway 88-note grand piano scale and was designed by company founder and patriarch Henry E. Steinway and his son Henry Steinway Jr. This era of Style 4 Concert Grands measure 8’5″ in length and a ‘full’ 7 1/4 octaves.
Built in 1917, this golden era Model A-3 was manufactured at the New York Steinway & Sons Factory. Measuring 6′ 4 1/2″ in length, these ‘stretch A’ parlor grands boast a range of tone that exceeds what one would expect from a piano of its size. It is considered to be very on par with the 6′ 11″ Steinway Model B. These grand pianos feature a superbly crafted scale design and are considered to be some of the finest instruments ever produced by Steinway. We have fully rebuilt this premium piano and it a fine, concert level instrument. With a stunning cabinet and a rich tonal quality, this piano is a wonderful example of historic Steinway & Sons Factory quality.
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