FRIENDSVILLE, Tenn.(WVLT)--Just off a quiet road in the heart of Friendsville, Tennessee comes some of the sweetest most resonating notes on the planet.
An old warehouse holds a collection of pianos worth a king's ransom with the goal of restoring these grandest of grands from all over the world.
Michael Stinnett owns The Antique Shop.
"Our biggest clients are in China and UAE. We sell pianos to sheikhs in Dubai and wealthy super wealthy people in Asia.
One of the most expensive pianos in the country retails at $600,000 dollars, made in 1918 by an oil tycoon named Harkness. He bought the piano at Steinway factory, then sent it to Italy to have it custom carved in guilded gold 24 karat gold leaf"
The restoration takes months if not years to finish one piano.
"Whenever the pianos come in with broken or missing legs or lairs i can replace those.
More often that not on these grand pianos we have to make them from scratch because they don;t make these anymore."
Michael knew early on what he wanted to do in life.
"When I was 3 years old I went to bible school at a church across the street and sat down at the piano we had and played Jesus Loves Me."
This child prodigy with perfect pitch even entertained at the Governor's inauguration. Now through the internet his business is known world wide.
"For example we had a piano for an interior designer in Pacific Palisades, California that we knew it was for somebody famous
but it wasn't until the movers called and said oh my gosh it's Matt Damon's house."
They are rare pieces of our past now being restored to enjoy for future generations. Driving in your neighborhood, I'm the Tennessee Traveler. For more information you can find them at http://www.antiquepianoshop.com/contact-us/
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