About John Trefz
John Trefz comes from long legacy of fine piano craftsmen that goes back to 1835. John Trefz, fifth generation in the piano business, has been hand crafting complex piano parts for decades. John has become one of the regions finest master craftsmen, duplicating hand carved and hand notched piano bridges, piano tuning pinblocks and other parts of the piano that require absolute precision and perfection.
Applying his many years of experience with stringed instruments, John began working on his own guitars, his family and friend’s guitars and as the circle of musicians that John works with grew, John discovered there was a great need for high quality luthier skills in the Philadelphia region. John, currently has a very loyal clientele that includes many local well-known musicians and bands.
Whether John is duplicating and restoring old Steinway grand pianos, making custom piano parts, working with acoustic or electric guitars, mandolin or basses, John will bring out the best in any stringed instrument. John’s attention to detail, his desire to inform his clients about their instruments needs, John’s integrity, reliability and efficient service is why those who come to John are always put at ease, knowing that their instruments are getting the best care and service possible.
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A little Trefz History
In a book published by a piano rebuilder and friend of the family, entitled, Another One of Riley’s Pianos, John Riley writes:
“A little known fact is the Trefz name is one of the oldest continuous 5-generation names in the piano industry. The only other name is Steinway. The Trefz family was in the piano industry 22 years before the Steinway Company was founded in 1853. I do not think in all the years I spent in this business I have ever known a family more dedicated to the piano business. John Trefz, the 5th generation, continues this great legacy of the family. Like all the Trefz before him, his tuning pin blocks, bridges, … and all around piano work are the best to be had in the industry. What is more important, John is a fine professional and genial man, a pleasure to do business with.”
The Trefz family tradition in the Piano Industry is described in this excerpt from the old Otto R. Trefz Piano Co. Catalog.