Rebuilt Vintage Victorian Art Case Steinway Model B in Satin Ebony
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. Built during the height of the golden age of the piano industry, this instrument fully embodies the traits expected of a piano of this era. The Model B has long had a reputation for being a powerful, awe-inspiring musical instrument and this grand piano is no exception!
Steinway Model B #87751 was built in 1896/1897 at the New York Steinway Factory. It is in a Victorian style cabinet in a round arm, art case design with double narrow moldings around the case. Other design features include a detailed figured music desk with ‘new style’ fretwork, hand-carved Victorian flowerpot style legs with hidden casters and a large box pedal lyre with carved pillars. This piano was selected by us for a full restoration which included a new action, a rebuilt belly, and a full filled lacquer cabinet finish.
THE PIANO RESTORATION PROCESS
With almost every moving part of a piano located in the action, it is essential that it is rebuilt and adjusted to the highest standards. New Steinway hammers, shanks and flanges along with new Renner wippens (repetitions) were installed in the action. A new custom manufactured keyset was commissioned for optimum power and responsiveness. This keyset was weighed-off for the proper down and up weight. Expert action and tone regulation were conducted to ensure the finest response and a full, concert-level quality of tone. We spend many extra hours in this process to ensure that the piano does not just look like a fine instrument, but performs as one as well. These minute and exacting adjustments are what takes any restored piano from being simply acceptable to exceptional.
The belly (interior) of the piano was fully rebuilt. This process included the installation of a new solid spruce soundboard along with a new custom fitted hard maple pinblock. A period-appropriate soundboard decal was affixed to the new soundboard. The massive cast iron plate was re-bronzed and the raised text was hand-lettered. New blued tuning pins were installed along with the highest quality music wire and custom manufactured soft copper wound bass strings. A new Renner back action was installed and new damper felts were affixed and adjusted to refinished damper heads.
The piano’s art case cabinet was refinished in a closed pore, hand rubbed satin ebony lacquer. Any cabinet damage was repaired and new felts a fallboard decal was installed. The original nickel hardware was replated.
The end result of this restoration is a piano that boasts the rich, full quality of tone one desires out of a vintage Steinway instrument. The extensive action regulation allows for an optimum playing experience that is incredibly responsive. At the request of the client, an advanced QRS PNOmation3 Player Piano System was installed. These systems are fully integrated into the piano and do not affect the playability of the instrument.
Premium Quality Piano Restorations – Art Case Steinway & More
Our expert piano technicians have spent hours beyond the norm ensuring this instrument is of top concert level. With a beautiful art case cabinet, this piano a wonderful example of historic Steinway & Sons Factory 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 and rebuilding facility features a large selection of fully restored pianos for sale. For over four decades our specialty has been the refurbishing, restoration and repair of vintage Steinway & Sons grand pianos. The Art of Piano Rebuilding is truly art you can feel!
Chupp’s Piano Service & Restoration | Vintage Art Case Steinway Grand Pianos | Fine Piano Restoration & Sales since 1975
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.
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.
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