Ten years ago, Crofton Piano Company owner R. Ridgley Fisher relocated his business from Boston to Crofton. In addition to restoration work, the company carries a full line of pianos including digital, upright and grand pianos.
Crofton Piano Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Crofton Piano Company celebrates its 10th anniversary as a local business this year and its 45th year in business overall. The company originally was founded by R. Ridgley Fisher in Boston and catered to Boston clients for 35 years until Fisher moved the company to Crofton.
“The biggest part of our business is our specialization in restoration work on turn-of-the-century Steinways and European pianos that are in need of rebuilding,” said Fisher. “We sell many instruments that have been totally restored in our manufacturing facility. We have soundboard press, drying kilns, action and finishing rooms and a fine assortment of woodworking tools. We have highly skilled craftsmen who create some of the finest piano restorations in the U.S.”
In addition to piano restoration work, Crofton Piano carries a full line of pianos including digital, upright and grand pianos. It also serves as a broker for fine German and European pianos.
Fisher advises purchasers to be extremely careful when looking to purchase a piano.
“It makes a lot of sense to consult with someone who has been around pianos for a while,” he explained. “I can’t tell you how many times we’ve sent tuners out to look at pianos people purchased for $200 to $300 off Craigslist just to end up condemning the piano because it needs too much work.”
On the other hand, there are just as many people who opt to purchase a $200 to $300 digital piano for their child to learn music, thinking that it will be better than an acoustic piano.
“Parents have kids in so many different activities and think they can go out and buy a $200 keyboard to try. It’s the wrong process,” said Fisher. “It gives the impression that the piano is all about bells and whistles, and it becomes more of a toy rather than an instrument.”
Fisher admitted one of his “big bugaboos” has been all the misconceptions involving digital pianos, and he has tried to educate the public on the facts.
“You can’t get the same effect of an acoustic piano from a digital piano,” he warned. “Also, the dropout rate for beginner children that started on a digital instrument is huge because they believed it was a toy rather than something serious.”
Although Fisher’s piano business was successful in Boston, he wanted to move to Maryland to be closer to his parents. Fisher initially considered Annapolis but decided upon Crofton due to its appealing demographics and proximity to D.C., Baltimore and the airport.
“Crofton seemed to be the ideal place for a piano business especially with it being so family oriented and having a good school system,” said Fisher. Crofton Piano Company is located on Route 450 next to the Crofton Bowling Centre.
For several years now, Crofton Piano Company has been awarded the “Best of Crofton Award in Piano Tuning and Repair” by the U.S. Local Business Association in Washington, D.C. The award program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
In addition to restoration and sales, Crofton Piano Company offers a full line of piano services including appraisals, purchases, storage, tuning, damage repair, moving, lessons and more.
Crofton Piano Company is located at 2134 Espey Court in Crofton. Appointments are available by calling 410-721-0815.