The Only One Ever Produced | Rebuilt Steinway by Chupp’s Piano ServiceThis stunning, truly one of a kind Steinway & Sons Model A-II Art Case Grand Piano was manufactured at the New York Steinway factory on June 30th, 1903. This incredibly rare antique piano features a cabinet in a fancy sketch #425 Renaissance Design, carved and darkened with special markings. This one of a kind piano was the only sketch #425 piano ever produced. The case was done with egg and dart molding, foliate scalloped, scrolled, rosette corners and acanthus-carved cabriolet legs ending in scrolled toes. This art case Steinway features a bench in a conforming style. Manufactured by Steinway, the piano was sent to another New York based company, Hoffstettler to have the case work completed.
For its intricately wrought scrollwork on the legs and case, the Hoffstettler Company brought in a master craftsman from Germany to hand carve the gorgeous Tiger Oak. The Steinway & Sons records show that the piano was commissioned by a private customer, an Englishman, and it was shipped to Redstone, California in 1903. The piano was later a focal point at the Black family’s Chock Full O’ Nuts Coffee estate and after that was owned by a famous singer/songwriter. This piano was deemed important enough to be featured in the book ‘Steinway‘ by Ronald Ratcliffe. [Forward written by Henry Z. Steinway.] All of page 178 was dedicated to this instrument. Steinway #107625 has a truly rich and vibrant history!
A Unique Art Case Steinway Grand
This is one of the most beautiful and unique pianos we have ever had the pleasure to work with. We fully rebuilt this Model A-II with a new, solid spruce soundboard, new custom fitted pinblock, a new German Renner damper back action, new German Renner wippens, new hammers, shanks and flanges and much more. The cabinet and bench were both completely refinished in a closed pore, hand rubbed lacquer and restored to the original Steinway & Sons factory condition and color. We are very proud of the work we completed on this truly one a kind, custom built instrument. We featured this vintage Model A-II at the 2009 National PTG (Piano Technicians Guild) convention. This fully rebuilt and restored art case piano was purchased by a well-known private client for their personal home.
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Manufactured at the New York Steinway & Sons Factory, this beautiful Model O Grand Piano is a unique and rare instrument. (The piano’s serial number indicates a date of 1916, Steinway records show a completion date of March 2nd, 1917.) Built in a ‘modern’ Sketch 380 Sheraton style case design, this piano features square arms and an arrow point music desk. Standing on octagonal spade style legs, this piano is virtually identical to ones built today. What makes this instrument a rarity is the wood that was utilized. The piano is covered with a rich veneer of exotic Brazilian Rosewood!
The Steinway & Sons Model B Grand Piano is one of the most legendary makes of piano ever crafted. It was this style of instrument that entertained First Class passengers onboard the R.M.S. Titanic and continue today as the preferred practice piano of countless amateur and professional musicians. Steinway & Sons Model B #124817 stands among the most stunning instruments we have ever had the chance to rebuild here at Chupp’s Piano Service. This particular piano was selected for restoration by a client and we are proud to be able to provide them with this musical piece of art.
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.
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.
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.