Rick Jones Pianos was founded in 1983 by Rick Jones as a piano tuning and repair company. In addition to tuning and repairing pianos in homes, Rick Jones began buying and restoring vintage pianos. The tremendous satisfaction that came from piano restoration combined with the huge void in the market for good used pianos led Rick Jones and his company to its present warehouse home, which has become the country’s largest selection of high-quality, like-new used pianos under one roof, each selling with a 10-year warranty.
Our staff includes:
Sofia (a.k.a. Sophie) joined Rick Jones Pianos in 2015 as the the full-time Office Manager. Between answering hundreds of phone calls each week, Sofia is also responsible for bookkeeping, inventory management, coordinating deliveries with piano movers, and customer service. Sofia is also a yoga instructor and avid yoga practitioner. Sofia was born and raised in Annecy, France and has been living in the US since 1994. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Kathleen joined Rick Jones Pianos front office in 2002. Kathleen is Sofia’s assistant in the front office, and is especially skilled at data entry, preparing sales reports, coordinating deliveries with piano movers, and customer service, which includes answering the hundreds of phone calls we receive each week. Kathleen is a passionate and knowledgeable football fan, a rabid Baltimore Ravens fan, and is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.
Rick majored in Piano Technology at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Virginia. After working in several rebuilding shops and retail stores, he founded Rick Jones Pianos in 1983. Rick is extremely active as a piano technician, and keeps his skills sharp by keeping our showroom stock in good tune, a daunting task. When you visit Rick Jones Pianos, you will usually find Rick Jones working on a piano in the showroom. Rick is also an accomplished amateur pianist, avid poker player and recreational cyclist. Rick is a native of Springfield, Virginia.
Paul Yarish, RPT
Paul has been a piano technician since 1990, and a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) with The Piano Technicians Guild since 1994. He joined Rick Jones Pianos in 1993 as a piano rebuilder but later transitioned into in-home piano tuning and service. He worked for 11 years as an independent piano technician and sub-contractor for Rick Jones Pianos, serving a large clientele in the Baltimore-Washington region. He is also a climate control systems Field Expert for having completed over 200 in-home installations of the “Dampp-Chaser Piano Lifesaver System”. Paul rejoined Rick Jones Pianos in 2006 as a piano technician, Sales Manager and manager of the company website. He has been an amateur pianist since 1977, and often can be seen demonstrating pianos on the company website. Paul’s many interests outside of music include Tai Chi, cooking, history, films, poker, baseball, boxing and cycling. Paul is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.
David Long, RPT
Dave is the Senior Piano Technician at Rick Jones Pianos, having joined the company in 1986. He has been a piano technician since 1979 and a Registered Piano Technician (RPT) with The Piano Technicians Guild since 1995. Dave is responsible for all grand piano action work, with special emphasis on rebuilding the actions of our vintage Steinways. The fruits of his work are enjoyed by pianists and admired by fellow technicians equally. Dave is also an active in-home piano technician with a large clientele in the Washington metro area. Dave is a climate control systems Field Expert, having performed hundreds of in-home Dampp-Chaser Piano Lifesaver System installations. Dave is an accomplished singer and guitarist and often performs with bands in our area. Dave is a native of New Carrolton, Maryland.
Mel began working at Rick Jones Pianos in 1991 as an apprentice in the refinishing department. After becoming an expert piano refinisher, he began training as a piano technician in 1996 with Rick Jones and Dave Long, going on to become a highly skilled piano technician, though he remains an expert piano refinisher. Mel is responsible for all upright piano work, as well as re-pinning, re-stringing and drilling pinblocks for our vintage Steinways grands. Mel is also a piano climate control systems Field Expert, having installed over 100 Dampp-Chaser Piano Lifesaver Systems. Mel is a native of Guatemala and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Edgar joined Rick Jones Pianos refinishing department in 1997. Soon thereafter Edgar began training as a piano technician and QRS systems specialist. In 2001, Edgar completed the necessary training to become a QRS Certified Technician. Since then, he has installed hundreds of QRS systems in our customers’ pianos, each one a very labor-intensive and precision oriented task requiring 8 hours to complete. Edgar is also a climate control systems Field Expert and recently received an award for having installed more Dampp-Chaser Piano Lifesaver Systems than anyone in the country. Edgar is also responsible for most of the heavy grand piano rebuilding, including drilling and fitting new pinblocks, re-pinning and re-stringing grand pianos. Edgar is a native of Guatemala and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Rigo joined Rick Jones Pianos refinishing department in 1995 as an apprentice and is now the head of the hardest working refinishing crew in the piano business. His hand-rubbed satin finishes are considered among the best in the business, and easily equal or surpass any comparable factory finish. Rigo is a native of El Salvador and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Sam joined Rick Jones Pianos as an apprentice piano technician in the summer of 2010 after his junior year of high school. He returned each summer for five years, further developing his skills with each year. After graduating from Montgomery Blair High School in 2011, Sam attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, graduating in 2015. He began working full time at Rick Jones Pianos soon thereafter and is working towards achieving Registered Piano Technician status with the Piano Technicians Guild. Sam began studying piano in 2000. His parents purchased a 1977 Yamaha G2 from Rick Jones Pianos in 2002, a piano which still serves as Sam’s primary practice piano today. Sam is especially fond of the keyboard music of the Baroque and Classical eras, but has an ongoing and insatiable curiosity for exploring new repertoire. Besides music, Sam’s interests include literature, philosophy, baseball and cartography. Sam is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Please check out the website of our friend Deanna Bogart, a multi-talented blues performer and piano teacher to Rick Jones.
If you are in the greater DC area and are looking for private music lessons, string instruments, percussion instruments, or band instruments for rental or purchase, please check out our friends at Middle C Music.