About A-1 Piano
History:A-1 Piano has been a fixture in the Seattle area since it was founded in 1958. Starting out as a small piano moving company, A-1 Piano saw an opportunity to do something unique. There are all kinds of piano stores out there looking to sell you a piano, but A-1 Piano started with a handful of antique uprights and decided to open a piano store where you could not only purchase a piano, but rent one. From that point on, the business grew and grew until finally they opened up shop in 1972 on the corner of 71st and Greenwood Ave N where it served the community for 47 years. A-1 Piano, was acquired by David Marone in May 2019 and relocated to a beautiful new showroom at 14210 NE 20th Street in Bellevue, Wa. David intends to continue operating A-1 Piano, a dba of MAR ONE Piano, LLC., and build on the company’s sixty-year heritage of community service.
A-1 Piano Today:
A-1 Piano is proud to be Seattle’s Baldwin Dealer selling their complete line of prestigious pianos. David Marone, president of A-1 Piano, owns and enjoys playing his own Baldwin Grand Piano and considers the Baldwin to be the “best value” of all prominent piano companies. With over 150 years of piano manufacturing experience, the Baldwin design has been refined and improved to provide a truly exceptional instrument. From the select materials to the fine design and manufacturing craftmanship, today’s Baldwin is a must see for anyone looking for a new piano.
In addition to new Baldwin pianos, A-1 sells a variety of used piano brands, rents pianos, moves pianos, tunes / repairs pianos and stores pianos.
Please visit our Bellevue Showroom and play the many pianos on display for you.
Meet the Team Behind the Business:
David Marone – President
Hak Bo Lee – Senior Piano Technician
“The piano is a very special instrument in that it not only creates beautiful music, it creates a joy for millions of piano players, vocalists, and music lovers around the world. Whether played in a grand hall by a concert pianist or in the family room by mom or dad the piano is quick to draw people in. Some come to listen, some to sing, and some wait their turn to play; regardless, the piano is a wonderful way to bring joy and togetherness into any home. Yes, we live in a modern world full of options for music aficionados; but no other option delivers joy like the acoustic piano has done for over 150 years.”
Lilia Petica – Sales & Marketing Director
“All kinds of people come in and out of the store and it’s my job to help them find the piano they want. Sometimes it’s little kids that have just started taking lessons and I can see that same eagerness in their eyes that I had at that age. They watch me play with rapt attention. Others inspire me to awe as I watch them try out a dozen pianos in a flurry of sound. I smile when they tell me they haven’t had a piano in years and they missed having one in the house. In the end, I love the feeling I get when they walk out the door and can’t wait for the piano to follow them.”
"Hak Bo has been with the company since the 1970’s, but his experience with pianos goes beyond that. His father owned a piano store in Korea. As a child, Hak Bo would find piano hammers, keys and other parts lying about. These mechanisms captured his attention and fascination; they were like toys to him. It’s no surprise that as an adult he felt the same draw, leading him to pursue a career as a piano technician. Many of the pianos in our showroom would be a shadow of what they are if they had not passed through his capable hands. There are many technicians, but not many like Hak Bo.
“30 years ago, while moving a Steinway for a customer, the movers bring it down 20 or 30 stairs. Then something happened and it broke down. All of a sudden lots of keys chipped, music desk broken, case is cracked. All together 80 pieces, maybe 60. We move here. I fix it like new. It’s like surgery. I drill holes, piece it together so someone can use it again. That’s what I like best.”