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Reifsnyder's to close after 110 years in piano business

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Reifsnyder's, which has been serving piano professionals, instructors and enthusiasts for 110 years, announced today that it will close on June 1.

The store is located at 1020 Dillerville Road in Lancaster.

Owner and President William Crabtree, who recently celebrated his 40th anniversary at Reifsnyder's, said the decision to close comes with mixed emotions.

"It felt like for me, personally, it was the right time to move on to whatever the next phase of life will bring," Crabtree said in a news release. "At the same time, it's difficult to walk away because I've loved interacting with so many of our customers over the years, many of whom have become friends. It's been wonderful playing a role in helping so many discover a love of the piano. We were fortunate to have folks visit us from, not only the Lancaster area, but also Harrisburg, York, Reading, and really from all over Central Pennsylvania."

As part of the closing process, Crabtree said Reifsnyder's will have a sale on its entire inventory beginning May 22.

"I've been in the piano business for a long time so it will be different not being surrounded by these wonderful instruments," said Crabtree, "although the piano will remain an important part of my life on a personal level. This is Reifsnyder's last hurrah, or grand finale if you will, and we're looking forward to making some more happy memories for people during that weekend."

Founded in 1904, Reifsnyder's had a wide selection of pianos and organs, and also made its mark in the areas of restoration and refinishing, piano tuning and group piano instruction.

Through Steinway & Sons, Reifsnyder's was responsible for services to five area symphony orchestras, 22 colleges and universities and hundreds of other schools and churches.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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