Newfound appreciation for pianos fuels sales surge at Avery amid pandemic

RENEWED INTEREST: Richard Hundley, manager at Avery Piano Co. in Providence, says the COVID-19 pandemic has created a newfound appreciation for music and additional free time for former players. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Avery Piano Co. has been a fixture in Richard Hundley’s life since childhood. After his family immigrated to Rhode Island from Burma, Hundley made frequent bicycle trips from his South Providence home to the downtown piano store. “At first, Mr. Avery would kick me out immediately,” Hundley recalled. “Then, when he realized I could play,…
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