Brief History of Parks & Sons Piano Service
Parks & Sons’ history of professional, quality, and affordable piano services began in 1965 when Ronald G. Parks began his apprenticeship at a large piano service company in South Carolina. Though a native of Massachusetts, Ronald had been living in the southern United States after meeting and marrying his wife Joyce, a native of South Carolina. When Ron began his apprenticeship at $0.50 an hour he probably did not realize that he had just entered a profession that would span the next 40 years.
After relocating his, now larger, family back to his native Massachusetts, Ronald began providing professional piano services to the state’s homes, churches, businesses, and schools while working for another well know Boston piano service. It was common for Ron to have his young sons accompany him on short work days and when he was in-shop. Ronald felt it was a good way to introduce them to the piano business.
During Ron’s years as a professional piano tuner and technician he provided service for many notable personalities* such as Van Clyburn, George Winston, Peter Nero, The Carpenters, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lawrence Welk, Floyd Cramer, Chet Atkins, Boots Randolph, The Boston Pops Orchestra, and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood just to name a few.
After many years the family found themselves relocated again, mid-way between the North and South in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania providing service throughout the Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia areas.
While in Pennsylvania, Ronald had the satisfaction of being joined in his profession by his youngest son Richard. Richard began by apprenticing both under Ronald and a guild certified piano rebuilder. He then filled a position in the company as an on the road and in-shop piano tuner/technician. At the same time he continued working with the company's rebuilder, moving and delivering pianos, and managing all the pianos in the used piano showroom (which included repairing, regulating, reconditioning each piano as needed).
Ron’s Christian beliefs were always prominent in his life. Being sure that customers were treated right was very important. No services could be rendered that the customer did not actual need or want. Sometimes this caused friction with his employers. As the year 2002 rolled around, Ronald decided it was time to start the family’s own professional piano services.
Ron’s oldest son, Michael, joined the family profession as well, bringing his skills to fill various roles including business manager, piano refinisher, and in-shop repair technician. As refinisher he is skilled in the application of a number of finishes and finishing methods. Michael also handles finish touch up and repair both in the shop and customer's homes. Beyond the repair and refinishing of pianos, he also has been providing furniture and antique repair and refinishing.
Today, after suffering the loss of Ronald in 2005, our family continues to provide professional piano services. Services founded on the strong Christian Way - the same Way our dad guided us by as we grew.
* Personalities and entertainers listed are not meant to imply any personal endorsements for Parks & Sons Piano Service, or Parks & Sons Piano Service’s endorsement of listed entertainers or personalities.