Gist Piano Center
News and Events at Gist Piano Center

For Immediate Release

September 24, 2011

Contact: Heather Hamilton, Director of Education
Telephone: (859) 254-8492 x400
Cell Phone: (309) 230-1408


LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 24 – In celebration of Gist Piano Center's 40th Anniversary and the September National Piano Month holiday, Gist Piano Center is proud to announce the grand opening of its new Louisville showroom for Steinway & Sons pianos.

"For over 150 years, Steinway & Sons has been the World's finest example of American craftsmanship and artistry," said John Gist. "We felt it was time to give Steinway & Sons the elegant display space their reputation deserves."

The new showroom features a variety of hand-made Steinway & Sons pianos, representatives from Steinway's Boston and Essex piano lines and a specially-designed comfort area for clients.

"We want to give everyone who aspires to own a Steinway the chance to explore these instruments' unique personalities in a comfortable and upscale space," said Gist. "Purchasing a Steinway is different from purchasing a car or even a house. It's more like finding a friend to share your love of music."

The new showroom is located inside Gist Piano Center's 14,000 square foot facility at Poplar Level road and the Watterson Expressway. Visitors are invited to explore the pianos, learn about Steinway history, browse Gist Piano Center's digital library of Steinway materials and even watch a movie or television show about the legendary piano company.

"Steinway & Sons is the most carefully documented musical instrument builder in the World," said Steinway & Sons District Manager Dan Onen. "Our clients have the unique opportunity to learn about our company, our history and our famous pianos through an unprecedented variety of media, including movies, books, television shows, and even online documentaries. We are delighted to have all of these materials available at Gist Piano Center."

The new Steinway & Sons facility opened in September as part of Gist Piano Center's 40th Anniversary celebration and in recognition of National Piano Month.

More information about Gist Piano Center's 40th Anniversary celebration is available at

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GIST PIANO CENTER began in 1971 as a small piano repair shop on Preston Highway in Louisville. Today, Gist Piano Center is Kentucky’s only local, family-owned, full-service piano firm and the area’s only authorized Steinway & Sons representative. A full refinishing, repair, and rebuilding service center, Gist services nearly 4000 Kentuckiana pianos per year. Gist is also the exclusive piano service provider for such iconic organizations as the Kentucky Center, the University of Louisville, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Lexington Philharmonic. Gist also provides recital facilities and a full print music department to educators across Kentucky and online at Kentucky residents are invited to share their Gist stories on Gist’s Official Facebook page at

Since 1853, Steinway pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty and investment value. Steinway remains the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists, and it is the preferred piano of countless musicians, professional and amateur, throughout the World. For more information about Steinway & Sons, visit

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