For over 100 years, Summitt Pianos has been Chattanooga's choice for acoustic pianos, digital pianos, keyboards, and organs.

 
 

Our story begins with the founding of Lansford Piano Company, a family owned & operated business here in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ted E. Summitt Sr. worked for many years with Lansford, a Baldwin Piano dealer, as a tuner and technician.

Owners Ted Summitt, Jr. and Julie Summitt. Photo: John Rawlston/Times Free Press.

Owners Ted Summitt, Jr. and Julie Summitt.
Photo: John Rawlston/Times Free Press.

After an exchange of hands, Ted Summitt Sr. took over ownership in 1991 and changed the name to Summitt Pianos. Summitt Pianos grew to become Chattanooga's choice for acoustic pianos, digital pianos, keyboards, and organs.

In 2002, Summitt Pianos was selected by Steinway & Sons to be their exclusive dealer for the region. 

Summitt Pianos is the host for the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association recitals, annual auditions, and other musical events. Summitt Pianos provides a Steinway & Sons 9' Concert grand piano to area concerts and for the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera.

Recently, Summitt Pianos has helped Southern Adventist University reach their goal of becoming an All Steinway School, which gives SAU the distinction of being the only Steinway School in the local area. SAU became the nation's 100th Steinway School in 2009. 

Summitt Pianos has been passed down the family tree to Ted Summitt Jr. who has worked closely with his dad over the many years. Summitt Pianos remains Chattanooga's oldest, largest, and only locally owned piano store. 

Meet Our Store Manager: H. "Buddy" Shirk

H. "Buddy" Shirk, AGO, ATOS, MTNA, CMTA, an organist and pianist who has performed on local, national, and international television, as well as in numerous recording studios and churches, is the store manager for Summitt Pianos. Mr. Shirk also served with the Baldwin Piano & Organ Co. and Cooper Music in Atlanta for many years in various sales, marketing, & management positions.

Buddy Shirk performing at Chattanooga's own Tivoli on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

Buddy Shirk performing at Chattanooga's own Tivoli on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

With 36 years of professional music experience, Shirk is a longtime entertainer and former church organist. Buddy has played before local, national, and international audiences, including an appearance during NBC's live Olympics broadcast in 1984. He also performed on the TBS television program, "Good News" as well as on a number of radio programs. He is one of the organist for the Tivoli on the Mighty Wurlitzer, recently served as organist for Historic Engel Stadium and is the MAINX24 Parade organist. Buddy also "busks" for SoundCorps here in Chattanooga. He is a noted studio musician for many recording artists and has been selling pianos for 43 years. 

He managed several Atlanta Factory owned retail stores for the Baldwin Piano and Organ Company, where he was listed among that company's top five national sales performers every year during his employment. Buddy begain his career here in Chattanooga at Lansford Piano Co. along with Ted Summitt Sr., Manny Bowen and Hazel Bacon. Buddy was inducted into the Chattanooga Chapter of the AGO and is currently a member of the American Guild of Organists, The Chattanooga and National Music Teachers Associations, and the American Theatre Organ Society. Buddy serves on the Advisory Board for Jazzanooga, is the 2nd Vice President of the Chattanooga Music Club, and has served on many other boards for organizations in Chattanooga. He attended Dalton College in Dalton, Georgia and Chattanooga State. A native of Chattanooga, he resides in East Lake where he serves as the Vice President of the East Lake Neighborhood Association and helped create the Everyone East Lake Festival. Contact Buddy directly for an appointment at 423-529-0315 or buddy@summittpianos.com

 

We'd love to assist you in finding your perfect musical match.
Please visit our showroom or call us at 423-499-0600.