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Steinway M to be used by St. Augustine Orchestra.

February 21, 2014.  Chet Algood’s piano restored by Sterry Piano Company.  St. Augustine resident Chet Algood recently held a private event at his home to unveil the restoration of his Steinway M piano.

“This piano has been used in concert by the St. Augustine Orchestra before,” said Frederic Sterry Smith, president and CEO of Sterry Piano Company.  Joe Williams played Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin in October 2012.” 

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St. Augustine Festival of Music

October 12, 2012.   Performers will include Elizabeth Roth & Jan King, Renea D. Williams, Zachery Silva, Gary L. Wingard, Chelsea Kozikowski, Zane Crecelius, David Young, Skylar Revis, Allen Hood and Anna M. Smith. 

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St. Augustine Orchestra to perform Oct. 26 and Oct. 28. 

August 8, 2012.  Solo pianist Joseph Williams will perform during the Oct. 26 and Oct. 28 St. Augustine Orchestra concerts.  

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Piano shrouded in mystery returns to Woman's Club

February 28, 2012 By Kate Feldman for Gainesville Sun.  No one knows where it came from. There was no note. No identification. No history. Now, it’s back to its original form -- they think.

A 1927 Chickering grand piano sat in the Gainesville Woman’s Club, chunks of wood missing and plating corroded after years of neglect and misuse… On Tuesday, Ric Smith, owner of the Sterry Piano Company, returned the piano to the Woman’s Club after a full refurbishing. It now sits in the side room, where it can be used for a small fee. 

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The Essential Piano Duo

September 2011 in “Gainesville Today.”  It has been said that a Steinway Piano has a soul. And upon spending a few moments with Ric Smith, a Steinway technician and owner of Sterry Piano Company, you start to believe it. 

He wandered over to a 1924 Cable Grand that he is restoring and knocked on the center of it with his hand.  A deep drum-like noise resonated throughout the room.  Ric said that if you look carefully and listen, the piano can speak to your, and this piano was telling us that is was in need of repair.  

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One Steinway’s Story

August 1984 by Shannon McKay.  Pianos in general are pleasant creatures to have about the house; but some are far more rewarding to their owners than others.  The Steinway piano is one such.  Arguably still the best American –made piano, the Steinway reached its peak of quality in the years preceding the Depression.  Steinways are mass produced these days, but during those earlier years each piano was completely hand build by master artisans…

Ric Smith, who owns and operates Sterry Piano Company on Malaga Street … has been in the business of healing unhealthy pianos for eight years, the past one and a half which have been spent in St. Augustine.  He learned the art and craft of piano rebuilding, restoration and repair during an extensive apprenticeship with Ron Weigert, a Gainesville, Fla. Technician of long experience and great ability. 

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