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 craftsmanship. 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!
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The piano’s serial number of #34557 indicates a factory manufacture year of 1926 meaning it was built in the company’s legendary Boston Factory prior to its closure later that decade.The cabinet features rounded arms with double, linked moldings wrapping around the case. The piano’s wide tail coupled with the brass ferrule capped legs create an imposing, strong stance. The minimalist music rack is eminently functional and contributes to the sturdy, American appearance of the piano. The cabinet is covered in a pleasant Mahogany veneer contrasting against the brass hardware and fallboard decal.
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 the manufacture year to be 1917. Crafted in an impressive double-legged Louis XVI style cabinet, this instrument embodies the sweeping, luxurious styles that were popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Measuring 45″ in height, the Steinway & Sons Model 45 was one of the mid-sized offerings of Steinway’s vertical piano line. Of professional quality, these instruments were often selected for use in professional practice environments, as well as in homes. The instruments destined for home use were often clad in gorgeous woods and detailed art case cabinet designs. Steinway Model 45 #356674 is one of those instruments!
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.
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