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About Rick Jones Pianos
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 day warehouse home, which has become the countrys largest selection of high-quality, like-new used pianos under one roof, each selling with a 10-year warranty.
Our staff includes:
Samantha joined Rick Jones Pianos in 2010 as the the full-time office manager. Between answering hundreds of phone calls each week, Samantha is also responsible for bookkeeping, inventory management, coordinating deliveries with piano movers, and customer service. She is a classically trained soprano who earned her bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her masters degree from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Samantha is a native of Fairfax, Virginia.
Kathleen joined Rick Jones Pianos front office in 2002. Kathleen is Samantha'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 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 shop technician but soon evolved into an in-home piano technician. 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 installed over 200 "Dampp-Chaser Piano Lifesaver Systems". He rejoined Rick Jones Pianos in 2006 as a piano technician and and is now the company's sales manager. He also manages the companys website. He has been an amateur pianist since 1977, and often can be seen demonstrating pianos on the company website. Like Rick, Paul is also an avid poker player and recreational cyclist. 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, restringing 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 restringing 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 has returned each summer since, further developing his skills with each year. Since graduating from Montgomery Blair High School in 2011, Sam now attends St. John's College in Annapolis and is working on his Bachelor's degree. Sam began studying piano in 2000 and has developed into a proficient pianist. His parents purchased a 1977 Yamaha G2 from Rick Jones Pianos in 2002, a piano which still serves as Sam's primary practice piano. Sam is fond of the piano music of Bach, Scarlatti, Schubert, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin but has a ongoing curiosity for exploring new repertoire. Besides music, Sam's interests include literature, philosophy, baseball and studying maps. Sam is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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.
Please check out the website of our friend, multi-talented blues performer and teacher Deanna Bogart, who also happens to be Rick Jones' piano teacher.
RICK JONES PIANOS
5209 Holland Drive
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