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Yamaha Recognizes Music Exchange and Classic Pianos with ‘Dealer of the Year’ Awards

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• Created: January 28, 2018

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Yamaha Corporation of America has recognized Music Exchange and Classic Pianos with the company’s annual “Dealer of the Year” awards.

The awards were presented to the piano retailers at the 2018 NAMM music products convention being held this week in Anaheim, California. Music Exchange was named “Yamaha Dealer of the Year,” while Classic Piano was honored as “Bösendorfer Dealer of the Year” (Yamaha acquired Bösendorfer in 2008). The two dealers, recognized for their outstanding sales and marketing success, were selected from hundreds of retailers throughout the United States.

Accepting the awards from Yamaha Keyboard division top management were Music Exchange President and CEO Bill Kloos and General Manager Robert Catalano, as well as Classic Pianos CEO Maurice Unis.

“Music Exchange and Classic Pianos are both exemplary because they each strive to achieve excellence in sales and marketing, while providing an in-store customer experience that are second to none,” said Bob Heller, national sales director, Yamaha Keyboard division.

Music Exchange was founded more than 40 years ago as a small neighborhood piano store on Main Street in Walnut Creek, California. The venture has since grown to seven locations in California: Walnut Creek, San Francisco, San Jose, Dublin, Sacramento, Santa Rosa and San Diego.

Founded in 2007, Classic Pianos has locations in Portland, Oregon; Seattle/Bellevue; Denver, Colorado; Anchorage, Alaska; Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The company is a factory authorized dealer for Bösendorfer, as well as Yamaha Premium, TransAcoustic, Disklavier, Silent, AvantGrand and Clavinova digital pianos.

For more information about Music Exchange, visit For more information about Classic Pianos, visit

Photo: Gordon Martin, Music Exchange; Robert Heller, Yamaha; Julianne Kloos, Bill Kloos, Music Exchange; Paul Calvin, Yamaha; Robert Catalano, Music Exchange; Travis Mitchell, Yamaha; Gary Egger, Music Exchange; David Farkas and Ken Schoenwetter, Greene Music (owned by Music Exchange).

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