For over 85 years, American Keyboard Galleries, Inc., and Steinway Piano Gallery of Nashville have been a presence in the music industry as a family-owned and operated business. Since the inception in 1929, the owners have focused on the particular communities in which they were running their piano business. In 1929, Joseph Mark Metcalfe began working in the local retail music store in Evansville, Indiana, as an apprentice to the owner of the company who was “like a father" to Mark; then, in 1949, Mark was given ownership of this store in downtown Evansville. Eventually, Mark's son, Bill, began working in the music store as a young man, while completing his education. Later, in 1972, Mark asked Bill to oversee the direction of the company. It was under Bill’s stewardship that the company expanded in 1989 to include Nashville, Tennessee.
American Keyboard Galleries, Inc., opened American Keyboard Gallery in Antioch, Tennessee. At that time, the gallery featured Steinway & Sons pianos as well as other name brands of pianos, organs, and digital pianos. In 1995, American Keyboard Gallery opened a second location in Brentwood, Tennessee, that featured only Steinway & Sons and Boston pianos.
In October, American Keyboard Gallery was awarded the designation of "Steinway Piano Gallery." To date, this honor has only been bestowed upon eleven Steinway Piano Galleries worldwide, including Steinway & Sons’ own six factory stores.
After almost a decade in its Brentwood location, Steinway Piano Gallery celebrated its Grand Opening in its permanent location at 4285 Sidco Drive in Nashville.
Bill welcomed his son-in-law, Brandon Herrenbruck, to become the fourth generation of the family business, as Bill considered how to continue serving the musical community.
In September, Bill and Brandon expanded the business to Knoxville. American Piano Gallery became Knoxville's home for Steinway & Sons pianos.
Bill and Brandon were presented with the opportunity to establish a home for Steinway & Sons in Birmingham, Alabama. Alabama Piano Gallery celebrated its Grand Opening in Vestavia Hills.
Steinway President Ron Losby and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean were honored guests as American Keyboard Gallery celebrated 85 years of business and, simultaneously, 25 years with Steinway & Sons in Nashville, Tennessee. Pictures from the event on September 25 can be seen here.
Since 1929, Steinway Piano Gallery of Nashville has offered the very best pianos in every price range. As a result, we consistently sell more pianos in middle Tennessee than anyone else. Knoxville will continue to be a community that Steinway Piano Gallery serves. Because of the concierge-style service for direct purchase of pianos, a client in Knoxville or in any part of East Tennessee will have individualized attention from their own personal Steinway representative to select the ideal piano (used or new). Steinway Piano Gallery’s continued commitment is to provide the most excellent customer service and to offer upmost piano expertise within the musical community.