At Schoenhut Piano Company our main goal is to spread our famous toy instruments all over the world. This is a pretty big job that takes the dedication of our whole team every day. It’s hard work but every once in a while we get to take a break to meet the artists who perform with their prized vintage Schoenhut toy pianos.
While touring across the US, Eliza Rickman found time in her busy schedule to swing by Saint Augustine, FL, the nation’s oldest city and home base to Schoenhut Piano Co. During her visit, she got a tour of our headquarters, was able to play one of our most sought after models, the discontinued Schoenhut 44 string piano, took in the sights of the historic district from Old Town Trolley Tours and performed a private concert for the staff, family and friends of Len and Renee Trinca, owners of SPC. It was a short but sweet visit ending with an early morning rise to see the sun come up over Saint Augustine Beach before heading to Savannah, Georgia to continue her tour.
Her private concert at the home of Len and Renee consisted of the tour’s official set list including Renee’s all-time favorite song, Cinnamon Bone. The nearly hour and a half long performance was punctuated by Rickman sipping from a glass of red wine and sweetly re-telling the stories behind her songs – many of them “written for guy who really didn’t deserve it.” We all sat spellbound as she traded her vintage toy piano for a beautiful accordion with mother-of-pearl inlay and then a dulcimer to compliment her hauntingly beautiful lyrics.
This video offers a glimpse of our evening with Eliza and her amazing talent. Enjoy!