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Blüthner e-Klavier review from the Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer (with a nice mention)

A positive review from the July 2014 Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer about the Blüthner e-Klavier digital pianos. http://www.pianobuyer.com/PDFarchive/2014_Review-eKlavier.pdf.

The Piano Men

Patrick Dowdle

Interview with Elmer Reeder

NAMM.org

Interview Date: April 18, 2012

Elmer Reeder and his brother purchased a sawmill outside of Lansing, Michigan, right after World War II. It was during that time that Elmer became an expert in wood, an important part of his career years later. When his son, Jim, opened a piano shop and retail store called James Reeder Pianos, Elmer was hired by his son to become a piano builder. Elmer worked on construction and rebuilding pianos and in fact continued to work in the shop well into his 90s.

Interview with James Reeder

NAMM.org

Interview Date: April 18, 2012

James Reeder is the piano technician who formed James Reeder Piano in Lansing, Michigan, as both a repair and retail business. With a strong background in the restoration of pianos, Jim sought to hire top craftsmen to create the best service possible. Among those he hired was his father, who had a background in woodworking. As a retailer, Jim began as a Steinway dealer and over the years he became the authorized dealer for the Blüthner Piano as well as Mason & Hamlin Pianos. His focus has always been to provide the best sound possible out of each piano and match those qualities up with the customer's needs. This attention to customer service has been a key element of his success and his own enjoyment in the work he does.

Official Buffalo Trailer v2

There was a scene from the movie Buffalo filmed in our showroom.

Priya Mayadas plays Bach Partita No. 4 in D - Allemande - BWV 828

BlueGriffinRecording

Piano courtesy of Blüthner and James Reeder Pianos.

This is a Blue Griffin production, recorded, filmed and edited by Sergei Kvitko.

Piano Grand - The Life & Rebirth of a Piece of History (click to see more)

A Documentary by Steven N. Gotler

Piano Grand is the story of a magnificent grand piano built in 1893 by legendary Boston piano maker Chickering & Sons. Because of their expertise with such large and difficult jobs, George hired Reeder Pianos...

.darkchamber - Reeder Piano Set (Flickr)

Jamie Miller

Great photos - Reeder Pianos

In the News

Hitting all the right notes (with video*)

The State News

Published: May 30, 2012

Woodchips flew as master builder Brian Taylor sawed off part of the sound board of a piano. Reeder Pianos...has been around for over 40 years and works on pianos for private clients, museums and universities ...

Mich. museum receives 145-year-old piano

The Macomb Daily (Hillsdale Daily News)

Published: Monday, July 12, 2010

A 145-year-old piano has returned to the Grosvenor House Museum in Jonesville after a two-year absence. The piano, made by Chickering and Sons, spent its vacation being rebuilt and restored by James Reeder, of Reeder Pianos Inc., in ...

Restoring beautiful music to an old piano

South Bend Tribune (Lansing State Journal)

Published: August 14, 2006

At 91, he's among most talented Steinway rebuilders. Elmer Reeder glides a gnarled hand over the white mahogany of the turn-of-the-century grand piano. "This is a rare one," he says, ...

Grand piano takes spotlight

Lansing State Journal

Published: Monday, April 17, 1995

Haslett district plans performances with its refurbished Steinway. Not often do you see a piano featured in a theater performance ...

Play it Again

The Bay City Times

Published: Saturday, September 24, 1994

Christmas will come early for the congregation of First Presbyterian Church. When church members said goodbye to their 81-year-old Steinway piano in late May, they didn't anticipate seeing it again until December. Sent away for a complete restoration, the plan was to present the finished piano, tied up in a big red bow, to the congregation at Christmas. But James M. Reeder, owner of Reeder Pianos, Inc., in Lansing, expects to be ready to deliver the historical instrument well before Thanksgiving ...

Pianos find way in and out of Reeder's store

The Grand Ledge Independent

Published: December 15, 1987

When you walk into James Reeder Piano Sales you will see a selection of pianos, not only upright but grand pianos as well ...