UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - If a picture is worth a thousand words, a memory is priceless, and an Orem-based business is helping families restore theirs through music.
With every note he plays on his great-grandfather's old piano, Ashton Young says he can not help but wonder where the keyboard has been.
"Him and his brothers and sisters -- they'd actually load this piano up on horse and buggy..." Young said. "They'd have these big events where they would play their music," he smiled.
The 1913 heirloom made its way down the Young family line and next belonged to Young's prodigy pianist grandpa.
"You'd name the tune, and he'd just play it," he said.
Even though Young did not personally know those relatives, he says stories of their lives bring music to his ears, and that is why he recently saved up to restore the instrument for his family.
"I want my children -- as they grow up, playing on a piano -- knowing their great-grandfather learned how to play the piano on this," he explained, pointing to the antique currently under restoration at Brigham Larson Pianos.
There is nothing foreign about family for store owner Brigham Larson. He built his piano restoration company from the ground up with his wife and children right there with him.
"We had a big detached garage," Larson recalled of their early piano-restoring years.
Of course, the garage could only hold so many pianos, which is why after years of mastering the art of resurrecting neglected, abandoned pianos, he decided to pursue his passion further and in 2010 expanded into a warehouse.
With the mission of facilitating positive musical experiences for families, the so-called 'piano whisperer' and his skilled team of craftsmen offer services of all levels and varieties. From replacing ivory keys to rebuilding soundboards, they carefully and meticulously do it all.
"We take it from really whatever state that it's in and we completely redo the inside to essentially make it new again," Larson smiled, adding that they can leave any sentimental scratches or imperfections upon request.
Over the years, Larson says he has found that with new life comes new memories that children today can cherish into the future, and that is what seems to strike a chord with customers like Young.
"These people aren't just investing in the instrument. They're investing in the history. They're investing in the family history. They're investing in sentimentality," Larson explained.
"Music's healing..." Young said. "I want my children to have that and hopefully, they'll pass it on to their children," he explained.
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