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Orpheus Music Group

Matching People and Pianos...One at a Time. 

People often ask us why we only show pianos by appointment. The answer is very simple - to ensure that you have the opportunity to completely focus on the sound of each piano you play. It is our belief that the best way to pick a piano is to pay careful attention to the sound and feel - without any distractions. 

Schimmel Pianos

Orpheus Music is proud to represent Schimmel Pianos in the Mid-Atlantic region. We serve Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland and surrounding areas. If you need warranty service, tuning, moving or other services, please give us a call and we are more than happy to provide you with any information you might need.  

Charles & Carolyn 

charles jolene grand piano action cleaning

Charles has been collecting, buying and selling musical equipment since his early teens and has an  encyclopedic knowledge of music and musical instruments. He spent much of his childhood learning at the feet of his uncle,  William Claxton (legendary jazz photographer, founder of the Grammy awards and Pacific Jazz Records), and inherited a deep appreciation of all forms of musical expression.  As a young man living in Los Angeles, he literally watched the rock and west coast jazz genres develop attending concerts with his uncle at every chance. Still an avid concert goer, he attends shows ranging from indie rock to opera and classical music.

Charles has a knack for helping each pianist find their best piano match. You will typically find him in the workshop helping the technicians coax the best sound out of our pianos. He is a staunch believer in scheduling individual appointments  so that you can hear the subtle differences in pianos without distractions. 


jolene carolyn grand piano action moving

In addition to helping prep all of our pianos, Carolyn also manages our office and technology. As  a member of the  Piano Technicians Guild, the industries' professional association and primary educational body, she is always looking for new ideas to get the best sound and performance from each instrument.

If you visit our shop on weekends, you are likely to meet our grandchildren ---  who are already learning the business!


As a family owned operation, we take a different approach from many traditional piano dealers. Instead of spending money on sales people and advertising, we concentrate on prepping our pianos to be the best instruments possible. Eighty percent of our effort is spent on maintaining and preparing the instruments.

Whether you are buying a brand new Schimmel or a used piano, the instruments are maintained by Registered Piano Technicians, the highest certification offered by the Piano Technicians Guild. The same technicians who have worked on your piano will meet with you to discuss its condition and are available to service your piano for years to come. 

 The team in action: 

Registered Piano Technicians

Steve Cunningham, RPT, Saul Frias (aka the cabinet wizard) and Hannah Beckett, RPT, finishing a beautiful Steinway M.