Along with piano tuning, repair and restoration since 1976, we are now offering guitar/bass/amplifier repair, setup, restoration and lessons. We also buy used instruments. Call us for pricing and appointments. As one of the Toledo's oldest music establishments, Frye's Music Service has seen over thirty music companies open and close within the greater Toledo area market since 1976. Although the company is presently 65% piano and organ service and sales oriented, we seek to maintain a philosophy of music service diversification, which we believe will continue to help us adapt to the economic fluctuations within the greater Toledo area, and also to the changing needs of our present and future customers. We believe this ability to adapt insures our future as a music business in Toledo.
We estimate that since 1976, Frye's Music Service has: serviced more than 5,500 pianos, organs, and keyboards in Toledo area homes; serviced more than 1,700 pianos and organs in Toledo area churches and institutions; moved more than 4,000 instruments; performed more than 550 in-home furniture and piano touch-ups; completely shop rebuilt, restrung, and refinished more than 85 grand pianos; refinished more than 225 other instruments; refinished guitars, violins, dining room tables, chest of drawers etc., and even one traveling train cello case; helped and guided more than fifty customers in refinishing their own instruments; built or helped to build six harpsichords; installed 25 QRS Pianomation systems, recorded and produced more than three dozen record, cassette, or CD albums, including The Chanters of Zenobia, two albums for the Miami University Men's Glee Club, and eight for The Cake Walkin' Jass Band, the former house band of Toledo's own Tony Packo's Cafe (featured in the TV show "MASH" with Jamie Farr); guided more than 500 students and parents on tours and demonstrations through our facilities; taught more than 3,000 private lessons; performed over 2,000 Singing Deliveries which included more than 10,000 flowers and 4,500 balloons sometimes dressed as gorillas, clowns, or space monsters; and have put more than 450,000 miles on our company cars and trucks. Whew!
Frye's Music Service was founded in 1976 by Daniel W. Frye. Dan began his music education in West Carrollton, Ohio, where he sang in church at a young age, and began trumpet lessons in the 4th grade. In high school Dan switched to tuba, was the solo All-State Orchestra tuba player for both his junior and senior years, played tuba in the Dayton Youth Orchestra and the Dayton NCR band, participated in the WCHS Marching, Concert, Jazz, and Pep Bands, while also singing in the WCHS Boy's Glee Club and Concert Choir. Although he began as a Pre-Sem major, Dan has a Bachelor of Music Degree from Miami University  and a Master of Music Degree from Bowling Green State University (1974), and has completed post-graduate classes. He worked as a choral director and general music teacher for five years in Ohio public schools and for one year as a teaching graduate assistant at BGSU, where he taught piano, recorder, music education classes, and first became interested in instrument technology and repair. Dan is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Honorary Fraternity.Dan has been conducting choirs for more than forty years, and has served more than twenty-five years as a Director of Music, Choir Director, Interim Choir Director, Guest Clinician, Worship/Music Resource Leader, and Church Administrator in the Lutheran Church. From 1998 to March 2007, Dan composed and arranged orchestral scores for Glass City Christian Fellowship, Toledo, Ohio, where he also played keyboard, sang on the Praise and Worship Team, conducted the Adult Ensemble, directed the Youth/Children Christmas Productions, served as a Trustee, an Elder, and was the Church Council Board member assigned to oversee all music and drama. Since June 2007, the Frye family has been attending thechurchonstrayer.com (formerly The Cathedral of Praise), Maumee, Ohio.
Dan is an active member of the AGO (American Guild of Organists), since 1996, the Editor-in-Chief of MITA TECH, the educational journal of the Musical Instrument Technicians Association International(http://www.mitatechs.com/)and is a past president of Reynolds Corners Rotary Club, Toledo, Ohio. He was selected as an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1983, and was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 1988. From 1983 to 1995, Dan served as the Music Conductor of the Chanters of Zenobia, a men's choral group that was founded in 1920 at Zenobia Shrine Temple, Toledo, Ohio, and from 1990 to 1995, he served as the Music Director of the Men's Chorus of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo, Heatherdowns Masonic Complex.Dan and his wife, Sharon, who is Associate General Counsel for a Toledo Fortune 500 health-care corporation, live in the village of Ottawa Hills, Toledo, Ohio, with their two children. Because of Dan's seven years of college training, which included vocal and piano pedagogy and technology, he enjoys seeking out continuing education in his fields of expertise. At the annual Las Vegas MITA Conventions, Dan gives practical seminars on subjects ranging from How Not To Get Sued, Disclaimers, Covenant Notices, to Customer Contracts. Dan has taught piano teacher classes on basic piano repairs, and has also trained more than 30 piano technicians, of which several have gone and started their own piano tuning and repair businesses. Because of his teaching and educational experience, Dan has been invited to receive both classroom and factory hands-on training by piano and organ manufacturers, and has attended PTG (Piano Technicians Guild), AGO, ACDA, and MITA seminars and conventions, where he has received additional artistical and technological training from the world’s major piano and organ manufacturers, in addition to the allied trades manufacturers of refinishing supplies and supplemental piano and organ components.
Dan began Frye's Music Service by first offering in-home piano service. In 1977, company services expanded to include in-home organ and electronic keyboard service. With the purchase of the 2,000 square feet Angola Road commercial property in 1978 at the triangle of Angola Road and Airport Highway, complete piano shop rebuilding, refinishing, restringing, moving, and church organ service were added. Shortly thereafter, the recording studio and two small teaching studios were finished at the Angola Road location. In 1985, the company began to install public address, music recording systems, and stage lighting into churches and institutions. In June 1990, the business purchased a second location (about one half mile from Angola Rd.), which contains offices, garages, storage and showroom space, and began working with the music teachers and the parents of Northwest Ohio public and private schools in renting and purchasing instruments for their orchestra and band students.
In 1991, Frye's Music Service began installing QRS Pianomation systems. In 2005, in order to expand Airport Highway and Angola Road, the State of Ohio and the City of Toledo bought the Frye's Music Service Angola Road/Airport Highway property in an involuntary eminent domain sale. Dan moved the entire business a half-mile away to a 6,000 square foot building previously owned by Goulden Fish Company and Netty's Ice Cream Company. After a thorough renovation, the building is well suited for Frye's Music Service, while also allowing the company to remain debt-free.
As one of the Toledo's oldest music establishments, Frye's Music Service has seen over thirty music companies open and close within the greater Toledo area market since 1976. Although the company is presently 65% piano and organ service and sales oriented, we seek to maintain a philosophy of music service diversification, which we believe will continue to help us adapt to the economic fluctuations within the greater Toledo area, and also to the changing needs of our present and future customers. We believe this ability to adapt insures our future as a music business in Toledo.
Repair and restoration of musical instruments including pianos, organs, and guitars. Piano Rentals from $25.00 a month (minimum 6 months rental and $150.00 moving fee: total $300.00 for the $25.00/month pianos). Purchase plans for pianos and organs-3,6,9,12 month financing same as cash. Longer term in-house financing also available at competitive rates.
Learn how to play guitar with Todd Cotten, lead guitarist for theChurchOnStrayer worship band, and member of various bands including the highly acclaimed christian rock band Keys2Eden. Todd Cotten is a 28 year guitar veteran with experience in teaching, live performance, and studio recordings. Todd began his guitar playing career taking guitar lessons for two years from a private instructor and was asked to take over his instructors students when he left to tour. In those two years he learned all the fundamentals necessary to further his craft via self teaching and motivation. Todd continued to take lessons from various instructors for the next 10 years.
Todd has a bachelor's degree in teaching from Bowling Green State University. A guitar instructor since 1987, Todd has the experience to take a student from a beginner to an advanced player. Students are taught the very basics, such as rhythm, basic notes and chords, how to read music, and work their way into playing popular songs and advanced guitar techniques. Music theory is taught in a way that students can understand. Lessons are 1/2 hour, once a week, one on one with Todd. Please call to set up your lesson time today!