Rebuilt Vintage ‘Empire’ Art Case Steinway Model D | Brazilian RosewoodThe Steinway & Sons Model D is the concert piano which all others are judged and compared 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.
The piano cabinet features a round arm design with double moldings accenting the case. During the period in which this piano was crafted, Brazilian Rosewood was still being utilized regularly on Steinway pianos. This piano boasts an unusually deep and rich cut of veneer with lighter streaks highlighting throughout. The piano sits on rare Empire style legs which were used very rarely and create an imposing yet graceful stance. The carved music desk and lyre compliment these modern, yet detailed legs. This piano was selected by us for a full rebuild after a number of years of neglect. Even though the piano had long ceased to properly function, we were confident that the piano still possessed the inherent qualities of a concert level instrument. A client specifically requested a piano of this caliber and we set about restoring Model D #53671 to its rightful status for them.
The Piano Restoration Process
A new solid spruce soundboard was installed along with a custom-fitted hard rock maple pinblock. The soundboard supporting rib positions were optimized to ensure the best tone. The cast iron plate was rebronzed and the copious amount of text was hand detailed. 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 along with new damper felts.
The figured Brazilian Rosewood cabinet was refinished in a closed pore, hand rubbed lacquer and the nickel hardware was replated. The action was extensively rebuilt and a new custom manufactured keyset was crafted for the piano. New Steinway hammers, shanks and flanges along with new Renner wippens were installed. Expert action and tone regulation was 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. The tone of this piano is lush and full and is fully on par with any more ‘modern’ concert grand. The bass roars with power yet the piano is capable of projecting the most intimate notes. At the request of the client, an advanced QRS PNOmation3 Player Piano System was installed. These systems are fully integrated into the piano and are controllable from any WiFi capable device.
The Very Finest in Restored Steinway Pianos
Our expert piano technicians have spent hours beyond the norm ensuring this instrument is of top concert quality. With a stunning figured rosewood cabinet and a rich tonal quality, this Steinway Model D is 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 feature a large selection of fully restored 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!
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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.
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.
Goshen College’s Sauder Concert Hall is incredibly respected and admired for its beautiful design and outstanding acoustic qualities. With a design inspired by the great concert halls in Europe, it seats 900 and is one of the leading performance venues in the Midwest today. A hall of this elegance and sound standard deserves the best pianos possible. Chupp’s Piano Service fully the vintage Steinway & Sons Model D-274 9′ Concert Grand Piano for Goshen College. These 9′ pianos are beautiful both visually and as musical instruments. The original soundboard was repaired and refinished, the actions were fully rebuilt, the pianos were refinished in a premium closed pore lacquer finish and much more.
Steinway Model D #233201 was built in 1924 at the New York Steinway Factory. This is well within what is considered to be the ‘golden era’ of quality within the American piano industry and the Steinway company itself. This half ton instrument is capable of producing a magnificent range of tone. Fully rebuilt and restored by Chupp’s Piano Service this instrument features a new custom fitted spruce soundboard, a new custom fitted pinblock, a fully rebuilt and regulated action, a refinished and lettered cast iron plate, a luxurious hand rubbed, closed pore lacquer finish and much more. This 8’11” grand piano is truly worthy of bearing the Steinway name.
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