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, 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.
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