Antique Piano Shop - Selective Notes

Preserving Musical Memories from “Auld Lang Syne”

As another year ends and the New Year dawns, it’s tradition to sing the old Scottish song “Auld Lang Syne.” Though it’s difficult to pronounce in the vernacular (even the English translation gives some of us trouble), its meaning is simple: as time goes by, we remember old friends. To us at Antique Piano Shop, continue reading

Piano and Pinot: The Perfect Pair

When attending a wine tasting, connoisseurs like to engage all senses in the experience, not just taste. Mike and Sandy Davis, owners of Napa’s Davis Estates winery, enlisted the help of Antique Piano Shop to give their guests a sensational sense of melodious hearing that adds to the taste and aroma of their award-winning wines. continue reading

The Keys to Success

Located in the friendly town of Friendsville, Tennessee, Antique Piano Shop is one of the only companies in the world that restores antique musical instruments to historically accurate glory and customizes pianos and organs to suit any interior design need specified by designers and homeowners. For those who may be new to our blog, our continue reading

A “Win-Win” Restoration: Junior League of Charleston’s Broadwood

One of the less obvious advantages of a piano’s expense is that their value can increase with restoration and be sold for a profit – with the right buyer, of course. This is just what Junior League of Charleston, S.C. intends to do when the restoration of their 1865 Broadwood Cottage Grand Piano is complete. continue reading

Home is Where the Heart is: A 1909 Mission Arts & Crafts Style Vose & Sons Piano Returns to its Native City

Estate sales are fun places to stumble upon unique and even rare objects. Recently I purchased a Vose & Sons piano from an estate in St. Louis that was no ordinary piano.       For starters, Vose & Sons built truly exceptional pianos. The company was established in 1851 by James Whiting Vose in Boston, continue reading

Restoring the Un-restorable: Flood-damaged Steinway Pianos from Grand Ole Opry Brought Back to Life

Click here to watch Michael Stinnett discuss the restoration process of the historic Opry pianos: The 1,000-year flood in Nashville caused enormous swelling of the Cumberland River in 2010 and damaged many buildings throughout the city, including the Grand Ole Opry House. The Opry lost many of its valuable, historic keepsakes and instruments, and three continue reading

Antique Piano Shop: Where Pianos Go to Survive

Warehouses full of used, unwanted pianos waiting to be taken to their final resting place at the dump; Pages of ebay listings and Craigslist ads of cheap unwanted uprights that can’t find a bidder or even someone to take a worn-out piano for free: These may as well be scenes from a horror film, if continue reading

Giving Back to Dollywood

Antique Piano Shop Restores 1901 Lester Victorian Upright Piano, Donates to Robert F. Thomas Dollywood Chapel On August 4, guests witnessed the majestic sounds of a 1901 Lester Victorian filling the Robert F. Thomas Chapel at Dollywood, which was packed to the gills and spilling out the doors with people who came to hear the continue reading

For What It’s Worth – The Story Behind a Beloved Story and Clark Piano

In the sunny corner of a large Victorian home in Tyronza, AR, stood a mahogany Story and Clark grand piano purchased as a wedding gift for the homeowner’s bride. Bellwood Farrell, M.D., had traveled to New York City to search for the finest instrument he could locate for Beulah Mae, his beloved fiancée. During the continue reading

Interview With Michael Stinnett on ABC TV

Reporter Gene Patterson with Knoxville, Tennessee, ABC-affiliate WATE interviewed Michael Stinnett about the Antique Piano Shop, his love affair with pianos and why he feels what he’s doing is important. Michael shared, “There is a demand for this. Very few are doing it. Most of the technicians I’ve known have passed away. And, there are continue reading