Corporate History

Frederic Sterry Smith, or Ric as he is known, began apprenticing in piano restoration in 1979 with Weigert’s Piano Works, Micanopy, Florida under Steinway Technician and master craftsman, Ron Weigert. Ric picked up the intricacies and fine details of his craft quickly. His attention to detail, patience and perseverance would prove great assets in years to come.

On March 20, 1983, Sterry Piano Company opened in St. Augustine, Florida. In five years the company purchased the Trailways Bus terminal building expanding from 160 to over 6000sq’, adding five teaching studios, all acoustic instrument sales, service and instruction becoming the largest volume music store in the county.

On from the onset is to provide superior service, offering quality care to each customer and for each instrument. Anna M. Smith, Co-Owner and Office Manager managed sales, purchasing and over ten in the faculty, in addition to teaching dozens of lessons each week.

Our commitment to you, our customer, is to maintain the integrity and values of generations past through quality restored acoustic instruments and personalized customer service. Our motto: “Master Craftsmanship is Worth Preserving” embraces that belief.<

The early years placed Sterry Piano Company in the shadow of Flagler’s Florida East-Coast Railway office towers on Malaga Street.

This fortuitous “reuniting of Flagler & Sterry” would prove an encouragement during challenging moments for the young entrepreneurs over the next five years. Historically, the railroad giant Henry Flagler and famous hotelier Frederic Sterry formed an enduring and profitable partnership nearly eighty years prior when, Flagler needed passengers for his trains and Sterry needed transportation to bring his hotel guests from the North East to hotels on the “Gold Coast” of south Florida.

Sterry Piano Company has serviced the local community and the South East from locations in Georgia and Florida; including many quality grand restorations for Cooper Music and Steinway in Atlanta.

From our inception we have matched personal integrity with uncompromising attention to detail. We use the finest parts and materials and provide the highest quality repairs and restorations to reproduce the original craftsmanship and superior tone. Each restoration maintains or enhances the original quality of your instrument, greatly increasing its value.

For more than three decades our customers have appreciated quality music in their home, business, church or school. They recognized proper touch (ppp-fff), speed and superior tone require much more than a weighted key. From the beginning student to the professional artist, though needs and demands upon individual instruments may vary, quality repairs, personalized service remain the constant.

Our customers appreciate the many benefits of owning, practicing and performing on a piano including our one and five year service warranties. Perhaps you are ready to join our many satisfied customers and upgrade from a keyboard, restore or purchase a quality instrument that will only increase in value!

Whether your piano is a priceless heirloom or a beautiful upright passed down through the family for generations, allow us to restore its original quality and enhance its value. Pianos are so much more than fine pieces of well-made furniture. Properly maintained pianos are valuable assets that increase in value and will last for generations to come.

Become a part of this timeless musical legacy!  Use the form below to contact us now and join our family of satisfied customers.

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