By Cindy Ortiz
BURBANK, Calif. – We’ve all seen pianos featured in big-time TV shows and films such as Casablanca, All in the Family, I Love Lucy, and Frasier, but where do these masterpiece pianos come from?
“Almost all of the major television shows, whenever you see a piano, those are ours,” says President of Hollywood Piano, Glenn Treibitz.
The Hollywood Piano Company has been around for 84 years and has sold and rented pianos to the most famous TV networks and movie studios. The business has been the highest rated company by the Better Business Bureau listings for Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale, and the Pasadena area.
Established in 1928 and first located near Hollywood and Highland, the business was the hot spot for the rich and famous. Several artists including Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire were regulars. Other customers included Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, and Louis B. Mayer.
The business moved to Burbank shortly after the Treibitz family purchased it from the original family owners. Today, both Treibitz and his sister, Cheryl Treibitz Fox, proudly own the store.
Last year, Hollywood Piano had a grand re-opening that celebrated their renovation of the Burbank facility. The re-modeling includes lots of multi media with 11 LCD screens, the addition of the Hollywood Sheet Music Company, a dedicated high tech adult group piano teaching classroom, and the historical and original neon sign re-installed, resulting in something that Treibitz likes to call “more than just a look.”
“We tried to create an experience/environment that is more than you can get from shopping online,” Treibitz says.
The hottest piano the company sells, Treibitz opines, is the Estonia acoustic, offering great sounds and touch. “It compares very well to … a Steinway for about half the price … [and]has been very popular.”
Hollywood Piano also proudly provides its services to several orchestras and symphonies such as the Pasadena Symphony, Pasadena Pops (for Marvin Hamlisch), California Philharmonic, and L.A. Chamber Orchestra, to name a few.
What separates their piano business compared to others?
“Part of it is our commitment to music. We’re all musicians and we’re passionate about music and music education,” Treibitz says. “We approach it a little bit differently, and the products that we choose to sell represent the absolute best values in every price level compared to competition. For example if a customer’s budget is $3,000 we want to give them a piano that performs like a $6,000 piano for that money. Our goal is to give more.”
The staff is composed of pianists, teachers, and true experts, providing quality service to its customers. Treibitz himself is a pianist, composer, piano teacher, and writer of musical theater. You might have seen him as the piano expert on the A&E program, Storage Wars. How does the man of many talents balance it all? “It’s not easy,” he says, but his musical writing and passion keeps him going. This week, he will be the musical director for the Charlie Awards, donating his time for the benefit of the Hollywood Arts Council which helps provide music and art to underprivileged children.
Since 1928 the Hollywood Piano Company has been the trusted home of the world’s finest pianos. They’re located at 1033 Hollywood Way in Burbank. For more information, give them a call at (800) MY-PIANO [800-697-4266].