By Pam DeFiglio, Patch.com
On a recent weekday afternoon, American Music World was buzzing with activity.
Bob Frazier, an accomplished pianist and the general manager, was answering questions in the large showroom, where an abundant selection of new and used pianos, from a $600 beginner’s piano to a $40,000 Steinway, are for sale. There are also organs and keyboards.
Kathy Buehler was giving a seven-year-old girl a piano lesson, and Dennis Sieja was tuning a piano.
Frazier emphasized that the store, at 7726 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Niles, allows people of all ages to enjoy music.
“Just call and talk to me and I’ll set you up with an appropriate teacher,” he said. “We have students ranging from kindergarten age to a 94-year-old.”
The store has music rooms, adjacent to the main showroom, where lessons are given. Frazier said they have about 100 students at any given time.
He touted the benefits of music for health, saying the store has a music wellness center, where classes are held on Thursdays at noon for seniors to play and listen. Doing so can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, increase blood flow and have other positives, he maintained.
“Play an important song from your past, and see how it lowers your heart rate and reduces stress,” he said.
The store has one section devoted to organs, but most of the offerings are pianos—from mirror-shiny ebony models to natural wood tones to ivory beauties, and from sleek modern styles to versions featuring hand-carving or vintage looks.
There are several to choose from for less than $1,000, and a large variety in the low to middle price range, starting at about $3,000.
The store, owned by Ray Fajmon, who is retired, also delivers pianos to buyers’ homes.
“We’re a full-service dealer,” Frazier said.