Ford Piano Reviews & Articles


Piano Man

Music is eternal. Pianos, not so much. “Essentially, pianos are not immortal,” John P. Ford says. “They have a life span of about a half a century to three-quarters of a century.” That’s where he comes in. Ford is owner and president of Ford Piano Inc. in Peekskill, a fourth-generation business that specializes in rebuilding […]

Ciacca Quintet Kicks Off Italian Jazz Days in Peekskill

Jazz artist and Lincoln Center Director Antonio Ciacca and his quintet celebrated Italian-American month with a concert at Ford Piano. By Liz Giegerich – October 3, 2011 World class musicians filled the Ford Piano Factory with the smooth sounds of classical jazz Saturday night when the Antonio Ciacca quintet kicked off the third annual Italian […]

Peekskill’s Century-Old Ford Piano Hosts Italian Jazz Days

The third annual Italian Jazz Days will feature the Antonio Ciacca Quintet and a workshop led by world-class musician Ciacca this Saturday at the Ford Piano factory. By Liz Giegerich - September 29, 2011 When you enter the Ford Piano factory and encounter a beautiful Steinway and Sons grand piano, polished and tuned with music on the stand, […]

Peekskill Piano Refurbisher Opens Music Venue, Fulfills Dream

A worker puts down plywood at the F-Sharp Restaurant and Music Hall in Peekskill. / Photos by Ricky Flores/The Journal News  PEEKSKILL — John Ford has spent the past few decades refurbishing pianos. Now, at 61, the Ford Piano owner said he wants to spend the next decade or two listening to them. Ford’s 40-year […]

Four generations of piano men in Peekskill

Step into the confines of Ford Piano in Peekskill, and the trip from the sidewalk to repair shop is like stepping into a past century. It’s a world of wood, wires, varnish, hand tools and manual labor — 18th-century technology and craftsmanship at its finest. It’s the kind of world that Janos Fekete entered when […]

Ford Piano Helps To Rebuild Downtown Peekskill

North County News By Jim Roberts When Janos Fekete crossed the Atlantic in the late 1880′s, he couldn’t have known that more than 100 years later his grandson John Ford would play a role in redeveloping downtown Peekskill. Today, a fourth generation of Fords (it was changed from Fekete) is now learning the craftsmanship that […]

Peekskill’s Own Piano Man

Keys to third-generation shop owner’s passion are all in the music Abigail Klingbeil Kim Papa sits near the back of Ford Piano tapping the keys on one of the shop’s shiny black instruments.  Boom.  Boom.  Bing.The untrained ear can differentiate the low booms from the high-pitched bings.   But Papa, a trained piano  tuner and four-year […]

Downtown 200 Seat Music Hall In The Works

A former department store known as the Hermax building is due to become home to an estimated 200- seat music hall. John Ford, a businessman with a local piano refurbishing business who is finalizing a deal to purchase the property at 15-27 South Division Street, plans to convert the building into performance space for recitals […]

The Real Piano Man

Discussing Piano Rebuilding with Peekskill’s John P. Ford Jr. is like talking to Bill Gates about computers.  Ford seems to know everything about the instrument.  After all, pianos are his passion.  He loves them – how they look, how they sound and, most of all, he loves to fix them.  “The process of rebuilding pianos […]

Ford Looks To Expand

  Signs tentative deal to acquire Hermax building. By Brian J. Howard John Ford has grand plans for downtown Peekskill, and he’s hopeful a deal he swung last week with the city will make them real. Ford owns Ford Piano, a  piano rebuilding business on Division Street, and lists John Lennon, Stephen Sondheim, and Madison […]

Making Pianos Good As New

The New York Times – June 2001 By: Mark Ferris     John Ford Jr. Can Rebuild an Instrument From the Bottom Up… Like people, pianos decay over time. The instruments seem to be static, but the strings exert 20 tons of pressure on the frame, which eventually tears the inside compartment apart.  The passing […]

John Ford Keeps Family Tradition Alive

Westchester County Business Journal – April 2001       John Ford started Ford Piano Co. in 1985 in Peekskill to carry on a century-old family tradition that his grandfather brought to America from Hungary. John Fekete, who emigrated to the United States from Hungary in the 1890s, opened Fekete Pianos about 1912 or 1913 in […]

Making Music Downtown

The Star – January 2001     By Susan Chitwood John Ford has rebuilt pianos for any number of famous professional musicians, including John Lennon, Roberta Flack and Stephen Soundheim. He has also restored pianos for the rich amateur musician, including Middle Eastern Sheik whose malachite grand piano needed resuscitation. But when Ford chose new quarters […]

Across Our Town

The Journal News – February 1999   Below, John Ford, owner of Ford Piano Rebuilding in Peekskill, plays a 1909 small grand Steinway piano that he rebuilt in his shop. Not shown, Chris Gonzalez, an employee, reattaches the lyre and pedal assembly on the vintage piano, which is being sold for $28,000. Ford, a third-generation rebuilder, specializes […]

When the Steinway Sags, Call The Piano Man

Peekskill Herald – February 1996 By Mary Judith Conklin Piano rebuilder John Ford stood in the midst of over 30 pianos in various stages of assembly, as picturesque in his old-fashioned apron as his Main Street shop overlooking the Hudson. One piano he was in the process of refinishing gleamed richly with burnished mahogany tones, […]