Photo by Brian LancioneRidgely Fisher, owner of Crofton Piano Company, is fully invested in every piano restoration his company does for the community, and offers full piano services including sales, consignment, refurbishing, tuning, moving and lessons.
Crofton Piano In Tune With Every Pianist’s Needs
At an age when most children start to read, Ridgely Fisher began to play and study classical piano. After nurturing his talent throughout grade school, he pursued jazz piano and computer science in college while moonlighting as an apprentice doing piano restorations.
He began his career rebuilding and tuning pianos, and following two years in the computer science field, knew the former was his calling. "Being in a cubicle every day was brutal, so I decided to do [computer science] as an independent contractor. I got back into the piano business because music has always been the love of my life," he explained of his passion.
After owning piano shops in the Boston area for 25 years, Fisher relocated to his home state of Maryland to help care for his parents and opened Crofton Piano Company a decade ago. Today he and his team offer West County full piano services including sales, consignment, repair and restoration, tuning, moving and even lessons.
Along with two technicians, two tuners and three movers, Fisher executes some of the finest piano restorations in the country in his manufacturing facility replete with soundboard presses, woodworking tools, drying kilns and action and finishing rooms. At the completion of each refurbishment, his focus shifts to educating his customers.
He explained communication is key during the first year after a restoration. "Many people will think they don't have to do anything, but a piano is just like a high-end automobile - it needs attention, tune-ups, fine regulating," Fisher emphasized.
While the musician is busy in the shop, his wife, a concert pianist, offers lessons. Together they enjoy hosting concerts for friends and loved ones, as Fisher believes music is a paramount element of family. "It brings families closer together, to sit and listen to their kids play and have guests over. It's something my mother and father used to always do," he said. "It's extremely important for children to study music, whether violin, saxophone, trumpet - whatever. It taught me how to really focus and learn rhythm, mathematics and how to count."
In the spare moments he is not absorbed in returning a fine European or antique piano to its original condition, Fisher turns his attention to helping his community. Annually, he donates a piano to the Elks Club and gives free tunings for auction. Fisher tries to help anyone sincere about a good cause, and advises area churches, schools and universities about pianos they receive as donations.
In the future, he envisions bringing his son into his business more, and hopes to retire to Virginia where his wife's family lives. He said with a smile he dreams of having a large plot of land with an outbuilding he can convert into a piano restoration shop.
Crofton Piano Company is located at 2134 Espey Court, Suite 2, in Crofton and is open Monday through Friday. Appointments are suggested. To learn more or to schedule a visit, go to www.croftonpiano.com or call 410-721-0815.