Written by Jason Gilmer | Photos by Evan Anderson
For the piano aficionados of Canton’s Ward Piano Co., repair and restoration are an art form.
Alden Ward readily admits that he isn’t an extremely savvy user of modern technology. He does, however, know enough about electronics to turn a tired, old piano into an instrument that can perform concertos and operas at the touch of an app.
This isn’t something his grandfather or father, for that matter, could have envisioned as part of the services offered by Ward Piano Co., Inc., in Canton, North Carolina, just outside Asheville. The third-generation small business has evolved since its 1944 inception even as it has kept its history firmly in the spotlight. From sales to repairs to moving to tuning, the tiny workforce has served Western North Carolina and the surrounding areas for decades while still residing in the same sprawling structures it has occupied since the business’ boom in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
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