Steinway's Empire Style Legs for models A-D
(original Steinway Leg pictured)
The first-batch VCP iteration will not possess the carvings on the capital Steinway did indeed make a version that omitted this detail. Nonetheless the VCP version will knock your socks off beautiful in its simplicity. Accepting pre-production orders now, available mid-June 2016. Contact us for details.
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Case Parts specializes in the reproduction of obsolete case components
for classic Steinway & Sons grand pianos. Our parts are revolutionizing
the manner in which rebuilders and refinishers across the country are
restoring these vintage instruments.
Often Steinway pianos enter the rebuilding shop with severely damaged
case parts, inappropriate retrofitted parts, or missing parts altogether.
Repair of defective parts was costly, if not prohibitive, from
the standpoint of time, labor and materials. For instance, a rebuilder
could spend several days bent over a decrepit toplid, shimming numerous
core splits, regluing flaking veneer, and tending to several applications
of body putty, only to see his beautiful repairs begin to migrate and
telegraph through a gorgeous new finish soon after application. Further,
the in-shop fabrication of a set of legs, for example, was beyond the
scope of the majority of rebuilding shops, regardless of experience
Vintage Case Parts, founded in 2001 by David G. Hughes, RPT,
a Steinway piano rebuilder himself, has stepped in to fill this dilemma
in the rebuilding trade. Davids goal was to produce and offer
historically accurate case components for vintage Steinway grands to
fill this industry void.
Exhaustive analysis of original Steinway & Sons case parts from
several early time periods with respect to construction, dimension,
and aesthetic was performed. VCP designs and resultant offerings are
CAD-produced and executed with CNC machinery. The level of detail
in the entire product line is stunning. Where deemed appropriate, structural
and joinery improvements over the original manufacturers plans
have been incorporated to enhance durability and longevity of beauty.
VCP products utilize lightweight, non-warping core materials and are
crossbanded with veneers appropriate to the era and model of the rebuilders
candidate piano. The finest woods available are used, and our parts
are 100% American made in a variety of solids and veneers. All parts
are unfinished, fine-sanded, and ready for the rebuilders production
in the trade find VCPs pricing and availability unbeatable: not
only are these vintage-style components far less costly than the original
manufacturers currently produced counterparts (which are not aesthetically
appropriate for old Steinways), these parts are virtually unavailable
from any other source. Truly, prior to the advent of Vintage Case
Parts, these parts were irreplaceable.
VCP charges a modest boxing fee for all items (which is reduced for
multiple items within the same order), and the cost of shipping is the
buyers responsibility. Any part may be picked up at our shop in
Reisterstown, Maryland (metropolitan Baltimore) to avoid shipping charges.
Toplids are made to order, requiring 4-5 weeks to fabricate and are
shipped via motor freight in an extremely road-worthy crate; all other
parts are stocked for immediate shipment and shipped via UPS.