Steinway & Sons Model O #189582 – Louis XVI Art Case Grand Piano – Fully RestoredMeasuring a hair under six feet in length, the Steinway & Sons Model O is a common and welcome sight in homes and institutions around the world. In production consistently in both the New York and Hamburg Steinway Factories, this model of piano has cemented itself as a workhorse for both amateur and professional use. Being mid-sized pianos, they often found themselves as templates for craftsmen’s artistic expression. This instrument is an example of that extraordinary level of quality artistry.
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 of 189582 indicates the manufacture year to be 1917. Crafted in a Louis XVI style cabinet, this Rococo/Neoclassical instrument embodies the sweeping, luxurious styles that were popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The cabinet features notched, square arms and offers a regal yet imposing stance. Cameo-style carvings are affixed to each side of the cabinet, transitioning into angular moldings that are a consistent theme across the instrument. The music desk features a combination of curved and angular moldings on a ‘modern’ arrow point design. The cabinet rests on impressive double legs and features a matching pedal lyre of appropriate design.
The cabinet is covered in a rich, walnut veneer. Subtly grained, it allows for the art case design of the instrument to take center stage. Upon close examination of the instrument, it becomes clear how much work went into crafting such an impressive piece. Slight variants in depth and subtle tapering of the carvings make for a visually stimulating design that you almost can’t take your eyes off of. We were quite pleased to be able to restore this instrument for a private client.
The piano’s action is where almost every moving part of the instrument is located. New hammers, shanks, and flanges along with new wippens (repetitions) were installed in the action. The keyset was weighed-off for the proper down and up weight. Expert action and tone regulation were conducted to ensure the finest response and 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 like one as well. These minute and exacting adjustments are what take any restored piano from being simply acceptable to exceptional. New keytops were installed and the original ebony sharps were restored.
The belly (interior) of the piano was fully rebuilt. This process included restoring the original Steinway Factory soundboard and installing a new custom-fitted hard maple pinblock. The cast iron plate was re-bronzed and the raised text was hand-lettered. New Klinke blued tuning pins were installed along with the highest quality music wire and custom-manufactured soft copper wound bass strings. New damper felts were affixed and adjusted to refinished damper heads. The piano was refinished in a hand-rubbed lacquer. This allows for optimum finish clarity and a beautiful final result, showcasing the intricate carvings and walnut veneer. The refinished cabinet was paired with the original brass hardware. The brass casters are an interesting component, as they are wrapped in floor-saving cork.
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We were excited and honored to return this piano to its rightful, performance-ready status.
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! For more about our extensive restoration process, click here.
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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.
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.
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