Restored Vintage Kurtzmann Louis XV Style Art Case Grand Piano
This approx. 5’9″ grand piano is built in a traditional Louis XV style art case cabinet design. Designated a ‘Small Grand’ by Kurtzmann & Co., this musical instrument is comparable in size to a Steinway & Sons Model O/L. The cabinet boasts delicate carvings across the cabinet and sits on graceful, curved legs. This piano was presented to us by a client who requested its restoration.
An exacting restoration process was performed on this art case grand piano. The cabinet is covered in a rich veneer of Circassian Walnut. This piano features some of the most figured and detailed walnut we have ever seen! The art case carvings required extensive repair in order to restore them to their original delicate appearance. The cabinet was refinished in a premium closed pore, hand rubbed satin finish and the original brass hardware was polished and sealed. This extensive repair and refinishing process required hundreds of hours of labor.
The original soundboard was found to be in good condition and was carefully restored and refinished. The cast iron plate was rebronzed and the raised lettering hand detailed. New high-quality music wire and custom manufactured copper wound bass strings by Mapes were coiled to Klinke blued tuning pins. The damper heads were refinished, new felt installed and the back action was restored and regulated. The action was fully rebuilt utilizing the highest quality parts. Expert action and tone regulation/voicing was performed to ensure a fine playing experience. At the request of the client, an advanced QRS PNOmation3 Player Piano System was installed along with a pickup and bluetooth capabilities. These systems are fully integrated into the piano and do not affect the playability of the instrument.
This piano is certainly among the most stunning pianos we have ever encountered. It is obvious that this piano was and is a very special find. According to documentation provided by the client, we have good reason to believe that this piano was at one time the personal piano of famed composer and bandleader, John Phillip Sousa. The name Kurtzmann may not be as familiar to piano aficionados as it once was, but it is clear that the company took much pride in their craftsmanship and handiwork.
Our History – A Legacy of Craftsmanship
For over four decades, Chupp’s Piano Service, Inc. has been specializing in the rebuilding of the world’s finest pianos. With a focus on Steinway & Sons restorations, our work has become the preferred choice of concert venues, professional musicians, and universities across the country. Located in the heart of Northern Indiana, we are proud to carry on the old school tradition of high caliber craftsmanship. Our rebuilding facility and showroom features premium restored Steinway, new Kawai and select pre-owned Yamaha pianos. When completed properly a rebuilt piano truly becomes, art you can feel!
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Built in 1972, Steinway & Sons Model B Grand Piano #430030 is a unique instrument with a rich musical history. Steinway & Sons Model B Grand Pianos are among the world’s most coveted instruments – often seen in professional institutions as recording instruments. Model B #430030 served in this capacity. This seven-foot grand was purchased and used at Fireside Recording Studio in Nashville, TN. This studio was founded by Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton.
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.
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 New 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.
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.