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Fandrich & Sons Pianos opened in a small store in Seattle, WA in 1993. It is family owned and operated, since 2000 at our home on 5 acres in the woods near Stanwood, WA. The rise of the internet allowed us to move home, where we have our 2000 sq.ft. workshop and our studio with the finished pianos on display.
Darrell Fandrich, RPT studied violin and piano as a child. He became interested in how pianos worked, and at age 16 studied piano technology at the University of Minnesota's McPhail School of Music, which began a lifelong fascination with how to make pianos more musical. He has put his degree in mechanical engineering to use in developing several innovations that have received significant recognition. See Darrell's resume for more details.
Heather Fandrich began piano lessons at age 5. She studied piano for 8 years, but with less and less diligence, which she now realizes was largely due to an uninspiring practice piano. She got her BA and master's degree in social work and worked in the juvenile justice system for 28 years. She and Darrell met because her father, Robert Jenny, wrote Darrell's first two US patents. Only after she and Darrell were married did she learn that pianos were in her genes--her great, great grand-father was Frederick Mathushek, a noted piano designer and builder in the late 1800's. Her first experience with a musical piano was playing the prototype of Darrell's Fandrich Vertical Action™. Now she fervently wishes she had grown up with a musical piano, as she knows the results of her musical studies would have been quite different.
Owning a Fandrich 6' grand since 2000 has been a wonderful experience, something much beyond what I was anticipating or expecting when I was originally in the market to buy a grand piano. Darrell, Heather, and the whole family have supported my piano and my enjoyment of it in so many ways, including tuning, voicing, humidity control, and regulation. Over the years, I've learned much about pianos, shared musical stories, and most of all come to know some absolutely wonderful people, who I would recommend readily to anyone looking for a quality piano. Seeing son Steffen develop his own top-flight technical skills in servicing pianos, combined with the same personable sensitivity to the customer and their concerns is very reassuring that the Fandrich brand and reputation will be carried on in the next generation. It's hard to imagine anything else once you've become a member of the Fandrich customer family.

You guys are really terrific, Darrell. Thanks for providing such a great experience over the years.


-- Roger Newby