Pianos

Robert Walker worked for the retail stores of the Baldwin Piano Company.  He was located in the San Francisco store but later traveled the western states repairing and adjusting organs as they arrived in the stores.  While the retail arm of Baldwin did not last, the ideas created in the stores were...
Lucien Hut dedicated his entire career to teaching, selling, restoring and designing the piano!  As a retailer he established Pianos International in Colorado.  He later moved to Montana where he taught at the university for several years.  His interest and involvement in music began when he...
Brian Schmidt opened up a small piano and organ retail store in Calgary, Canada, in 1973 with a strong focus on the Baldwin Products.  He was just 21 years old at the time and benefited greatly from a number of mentors who helped him, several of whom were Baldwin employees.  After Baldwin was sold...
Robert Neu grew up in the Cincinnati area and went to work for Baldwin Piano Company on August 2, 1946, right after World War II.  In fact, Bob started out as a time keeper to keep track of production. He recalls in the first few months of working there, military guards were at each entrance since...
John Simpkinson had a strong background in advertising when he was hired by the Baldwin Piano Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Bob Cosgrove and James Mixter hired John for company and product branding.  John worked closely with the dealers and district managers to communicate promotional ideas and...
George Benson played trombone during school and studied piano during college.  It was during that time that he began working for a local music store.  He worked for Hoover Music in Jackson, Michigan and later for Schroeder Piano before James Mixter hired him as sales manager for the Baldwin Piano...
Lauren Wallace was hired by the Baldwin Piano retail store in Cincinnati in 1997 as a salesperson.  She had played piano as a young girl and took up playing again when her son was taking lessons.  Her love of the Baldwin instruments put her in the store at the time there was an opening and Lauren...
Allen Riley served as the district sales manager for the Baldwin Piano Company.  Allen learned guitar as a child and continues to play music.  He became a Minister for several years before he found an opportunity to work for Mississippi Music as a piano and organ salesman in 1981.  He worked in one...
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 Piano,...
David Horine opened a small piano store in Bloomington, Illinois in the 1980s.  David became a piano technician and gathered a nice reputation for tuning and repairs before he decided to open his own retail store.  He found in short order that his customers were eager to try new models of the...

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