– One of a Kind Vintage Steinway Pianos –
The art of piano design has extended beyond the piano’s function simply as a musical instrument. As the mechanical and functional aspects of piano design became more firmly established, craftsmen and artists began to spend time turning the cabinet of the piano into a work of visual art. Steinway & Sons, as one of the world’s premier piano makers, have built a number of incredible Art Case and Crown Jewel Series pianos over their 168+ years in business. As vintage Steinway Restoration specialists, Chupp’s Piano Service has had the pleasure of fully rebuilding a number of these rare and beautiful pianos to like new, concert-ready condition.
The Highest Level of Piano Artistry
An incredibly high level of woodworking skill and overall craftsmanship is evident in every Art Case Steinway Piano. Luxurious woods and detailed hand carvings speak of elegance and an uncommonly superior standard of work. Amazingly, many of the exotic woods and heavily carved details found on these instruments’ furniture were considered to be standard during the ‘golden era’ of piano manufacturing! Today, they are anything but that. Art Case pianos represent the finest in old-world craftsmanship. Fine veneers of flamed Mahogany, figured Rosewood and rich Circassian Walnut were plentiful to the growing industry. Steinway actually considered the use of Brazilian Rosewood on their cabinets ‘regular’ until 1890! [You cannot even purchase a new Steinway in Brazilian Rosewood today. The quality of ‘golden era’ materials is one reason purchasing a used Steinway piano is a preferred option for many.] The sense of history, methodical craftsmanship, and beauty of each Art Case Steinway is simply unmatched. Steinway and other historic piano makers labored to make each Art Case grand piano a signature piece, worthy of their family name. Every wood veneer has its own special quality, every piano its own unique visual and acoustic voice.
Time Honed Restorations
Here at Chupp’s Piano Service we have rebuilt and restored a large number of Steinway & Sons Art Case Grand Pianos over our forty years of business. This includes Victorian, Louis XV, Jacobean, Art Deco, and other, one-of-a-kind styles of pianos. Our time-honed piano rebuilding process is extensive and goes well beyond the simple swapping of parts and a quick cabinet refinish. Our restored Art Case pianos are much more than mere visual showpieces. We spend many extra hours beyond the industry norm going over every detail – especially in the action and tone restoration and regulation/voicing processes. This is to ensure each piano produces a quick, responsive touch and a quality of tone only a Steinway can produce.
“I could not find a piano in any of those other venues, stores, dealers whether it was refurbished or brand new that came close to any piano that this man has got here in his warehouse.” – Dr. Eric Hoy Tucker, Central Michigan University
Combining the Visual with the Musical
Our focus on the musicality of these prestigious instruments is mirrored in our exquisite cabinet finishes. Multiple coats of premium lacquer are built up over the carved cases and hand rubbed for incredible clarity. This allows the true character of the wood to be revealed. Each of our restored Steinway Art Case pianos are an equal parts musical instrument and work of art, ready to take its place in your life and home. Our Goshen, Indiana Piano Showroom features a large number of Art Case and Crown Jewel Style Steinways for you to select from today. We invite you to visit us at our Piano Rebuilding and Showroom facilities to experience the quality of our vintage Steinway & Sons pianos for yourself. We believe that the quality of craftsmanship in each of our pianos whether of normal or Artcase cabinet design, speaks for itself.
“A Steinway rebuilt by Chupp’s Piano Service is worthy of the world’s greatest artists and most prestigious stages.
But above all it is worthy of the name Steinway.” – Dr. John Mortensen – Steinway Artist