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1907-4600 1908-5400 1909-6300 1910-7200
1911-8000 1912-9100 1913-10300 1914-11500
1915-12700 1916-13600 1917-14500 1918-15400
1919-16200 1920-17000 1921-17800 1922-18600
1923-19000 1924-19890 1925-20300 1926-20900
1927-21300

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1904-26900 1905-29400 1906-31600 1907-32500
1908-38700 1909-41600 1910-43750 1911-45500
1912-49200 1913-53000 1914-57000 1915-60200
1916-42500 1917-65200 1918-68300 1919-70500
1920-74200 1921-77000 1922-80000 1923-83000
1924-86000 1925-91800 1926-93500 1927-96000
1928-100000 1929-104000 1930-105000 1931-106000
1932-107000 1933-108000

1901-800 1908-5400 1915-12700 1922-18600
1903-1900 1910-7200 1917-14500 1924-19800
1905-3000 1912-9100 1919-16200 1926-20900

ACROSONIC (Baldwin Uprights and Verticals, Classic, Ellington, Franke, Howard before 1959, Kremlin, Manuelo, Modello, Monarch, St. Regis, Sargent, Schroeder, Valley Gem and Winton). All Baldwin Upright or Vertical Pianos - Does not include Hamilton Studios or Baldwin Grand Pianos.

1895-2000 1917-100000 1935-251000 1955-559490 1973- 979129 1991-1487131
1900-9000 1918-109000 1936-265000 1956-585454 1974-1007687 1992-1501002
1901-12000 1919-118000 1937-275000 1957-610502 1975-1035719 1993-1512277
1902-16000 1920-127000 1938-290000 1958-632951 1976-1067508 1994-1521569
1903-21000 1921-136000 1939-301000 1959-655948 1977-1104802 1995-1529416
1904-26000 1922-145000 1940-304000 1960-679844 1978-1135737 1996-1536461
1905-31000 1923-154000 1941-307000 1961-702806 1979-1180266 1997-1543640
1906-36000 1924-162000 1942-314000 1962-723778 1980-1220374 1998-1550294
1907-41000 1925-172000 1943-333000 1963-743772 1981-1253176 1999-1556890
1908-46500 1926-182000 1946-365000 1964-763143 1982-1286178 2000-1563028
1909-52000 1927-192000 1947-385000 1965-784017 1983-1324487 2001-1568712
1910-57000 1928-200000 1948-401000 1966-803727 1984-1343955 2002-1570652
1911-62000 1929-210000 1949-438000 1967-831583 1985-1365505 2003-1572931
1912-67000 1930-217000 1950-450300 1968-851540 1986-1383187 2004-1573872
1913-72000 1931-223000 1951-466250 1969-881087 1987-1406054 2005-1575075
1914-77000 1932-232000 1952-488364 1970-912986 1988-1430796 2006-1575411
1915-83000 1933-238000 1953-503000 1971-933476 1989-1453070 2007-1573765
1916-91000 1934-247000 1954-535801 1972-953937 1990-1470443 2008-1577266

Antique Piano Guide

This guide (listed below) is designed to give information about specific American piano manufacturers and more, during the last 183 years or so.Antique Pianos, Grand Pianos, Upright Pianos, Square GrandsPianos, complex machines with thousands of moving parts, are also works of art. Pianos are known for their durability, but over time gradual wear and deterioration take a toll on the condition of all pianos, whether regularly serviced or not. Antique piano restorations and the restoring, rebuilding, refurbishing and reconditioning of antique pianos are many ways in which the piano can be put back into a playable and usable condition. This extensive work is recommended for most high-quality and well made instruments from the past as these unique and highly valued instruments should be preserved for all future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

Antique Piano Information and Restoration Guide

When should your piano need restoration or rebuilding? Much depends on the quality of the original manufacturer. With over 200 piano manufacturers in the early 20 th century there are many well built and wonderfully sounding instruments to choose from. The best way to determine is to have a qualified technician evaluate the piano for being a potential restoration candidate.Some items to consider:

  • Current condition of the piano
  • Quality and type of piano
  • Cost of repairs compared to replacement
  • Sentimental value

More about the piano restoration process available on our restoration page. Also there is more information on antique pianos beginnings in history

Antique Pianos

This is only a partial listing of more than 200 piano manufacturers during the 19th & 20th century’s. We have gathered information for some of them from our own experiences. If you have something to add please contact us with your piano information. This page is ever changing so check back occasionally for updates.

NameYear EstablishedCityNotes, related items & tidbits
Aeolian1932New YorkMany Piano company names were controlled by Aeolian. more info
American1908RochesterHelped create the Aeolian Piano Co. more info
Ampico1916New YorkA reproducing system for player pianos of many makes.
Apollo1901DeKalbA quality reproducing piano manufactured by the Welte Player Piano Co.
Autopiano1903New YorkA highly successful world-renown player piano maker winning numerous award. more info
Francis Bacon1789New YorkWon a prize at the Philadelphia Worlds Fair in 1876 more info
Baldwin1862CincinnatiThe Baldwin company was started by a music teacher. more info
Bechstein1853BerlinMakers of fine German pianos
Becker Bros.1892New YorkA high quality piano worthy of rebuilding more info
BeckwithMade for Sears & Roebuck
Behning1861New York
Behr Bros.1881New YorkWon an award at the New Orleans Exposition in 1885, Melbourne Australia in 1888 and Chicago in 1893 more info

Bentley

1930EnglandFounded by Douglas Grover, a third generation piano builder, the Bentley Piano Company is a British piano manufacturer more info
Bluthner1853LeipzigRemains under management by the original family to this day more info
Bosendorfer1828ViennaOne of the most expensive pianos. more info
Brambach1823New YorkThis is Kohler & Campbells’ budget line of piano
Broadwood1728LondonJohn Broadwood developed the grand piano touch we use today more info
Bush & Gerts1884RockfordThey created the “Grandette” and the “Midgette Grand” more info
Bush & Lane1901ChicagoUnique in its clarity of tone in even its smallest of grand pianos. more info
Hobart M. Cable1900La PorteThe budget model line of the Story & Clark Piano Co.
Cable Nelson1903ChicagoThe low priced companion of the Everett Piano Co.
Cable1880New YorkDue to its rugged build it was adopted for use in many schools across America. more info
Chase A.B.1875NorwalkThe factory took up to two years to produce each piano making this a worthwhile rebuilding prospect. more info
Chickering1823BostonFirst manufacturer in US. Advertisement w/sketch of factorymore info
Decker Bros.1862New YorkPhoto of Decker Bros. Victorian Grand
Erard1777ParisAn early maker of the Square Grand whose improvements are used in today’s pianos. more info
Estey1869New YorkInvented a superior bridge for the strings to cross over, thus providing a much clearer tone. more info
Everett1883BostonBetween 1973-1986 Everett pianos were made by Yamaha. more info
Fazioli1981ItalyFounded in Sacile, Italy by Paolo Fazioli …… more info
Fischer J & C1840New YorkIn 1896 they celebrated their 100,000th piano produced from their factory. more info
French Jesse1875Nashville Invented the Dulcet Tone whereby a damper will leave one string open, thus creating a peculiar sympathetic tone quality.
Gabler1854New YorkMr. Gabler was a very hands-on factory owner, spending many hours each day overseeing his production.
Gulbransen1904ChicagoKnown for its player piano actions. more info
Haines Bros.1851New YorkOnce known as the “College Piano” because of the numerous universities using this brand of piano. more info
Hallet & Davis1835BostonFranz Liszt performed on one and Pope Pius X bought one for the Vatican. more info
Hardman1842New YorkKnown for the artistic beauty of its case and also its remarkable durability. more info
Hazelton Bros.1840New YorkFamous for its inclusion of the Welte-Mignon player mechanism. more info
Ivers & Pond1880BostonA highly regarded name ultimately made by the Aeolian Co. more info
Kimball1857ChicagoA poor Maine farm boy, Kimball sold pianos to Western pioneers in the mid 1800’s. more info
Knabe1839BaltimoreOnce part of the Mason&Hamlin family. more info
Kohler & Campbell1894New YorkBuilt pianos in North Carolina and close their business in 1985. more info
Krakauer1869New YorkA highly esteemed piano back in its day closed shop in 1985 too. more info
Kranich & Bach1864New YorkIn 1937 they produced the smallest console which stood only 3 foot 3 inches. more info
Lester1888PhiladelphiaIntroduced plastics in their pianos after WWII causing many problems. Fortunately this problem can be remedied if you purchase an older Lester Piano.
Lindeman1836New York2nd manufacturer in US. more info
Ludwig1889New YorkIntroduced the Unit Valve Player Action which greatly improved maintenance. more info
Lyon & Healy1864ChicagoIs best known for its beautiful harps. more info
Marshall & Wendell1836AlbanyHighly sought after in the used piano market, especially if equipped with an Ampico Player Unit.
Mason & Hamlin1854BostonThey were once considered Steinway&Sons chief competitor. more info
Mathushek1863New YorkInvented the “over-stringing” of the modern piano. more info
Mehlin & Sons1889New YorkFamous for their beautiful artistic cases.
Henry F. Miller1863Wakefield
Petrof1864Hradec KraloveProduced in the Czech Republic.
Schimmel1885LeipzigEuropeans largest piano maker.
Sohmer1872New YorkSohmer was family owned for over 100 years. more info
Starr1872RichmondProduced a 5 ft. 2 in. grand piano using the copyrighted trademark name “Minimum” more info
Steck George1857New YorkHolds a high place as an old standard in the piano world. more info
Steinway1853New York
Sterling1866DerbyA characteristically American brand of piano. more info
Stieff Chas. M.1842BaltimoreVery heavy more info
Story & Clark1859BurlingtonWas once owned by a furniture Company. more info
Vose & Sons1851BostonThis firm was operated by Mr. James W. Vose, a great president among piano manufacturers. more info
Waldorf1896New YorkThis piano company controlled the production of the AutoPiano Co.
Weber & Co.1852New YorkOne of the many piano companies controlled by Aeolian Piano Co. more info
Wing & Son1873New YorkWing & Son Piano Manufacturing Company more info
Wissner1878New YorkOwned by Mr. Otto Wissner who was another tireless executive with a high ambition to excel.
Wurlitzer1856New YorkDeveloped the spinet piano and the also the first electronic piano. more info
Yamaha1887JapanWorlds largest piano producer. (started their career making Reed Organs.) more info

Aeolian

1932
New York

Many Piano company names were controlled by Aeolian. more info

American

1908
Rochester

Helped create the Aeolian Piano Co. more info

Ampico

1916
New York

A reproducing system for player pianos of many makes.

Apollo

1901
DeKalb

A quality reproducing piano manufactured by the Welte Player Piano Co.

Autopiano

1903
New York

A highly successful world-renown player piano maker winning numerous award. more info

Francis Bacon

1789
New York

Won a prize at the Philadelphia Worlds Fair in 1876 more info

Baldwin

1862
Cincinnati

The Baldwin company was started by a music teacher. more info

Bechstein

1853
Berlin

Makers of fine German pianos

Becker Bros.

1892
New York

A high quality piano worthy of rebuilding more info

Beckwith

Made for Sears & Roebuck

Behning

1861
New York

Behr Bros.

1881
New York

Won an award at the New Orleans Exposition in 1885, Melbourne Australia in 1888 and Chicago in 1893 more info

Bentley

1930
England

Founded by Douglas Grover, a third generation piano builder, the Bentley Piano Company is a British piano manufacturer more info

Bluthner

1853
Leipzig

Remains under management by the original family to this day more info

Bosendorfer

1828
Vienna

One of the most expensive pianos. more info

Brambach

1823
New York
Number

This is Kohler & Campbells’ budget line of piano

Broadwood

1728
London

John Broadwood developed the grand piano touch we use today more info

Bush & Gerts

1884
Rockford

They created the “Grandette” and the “Midgette Grand” more info

Bush & Lane

1901
Chicago

Unique in its clarity of tone in even its smallest of grand pianos. more info

Hobart M. Cable

1900
La Porte

The budget model line of the Story & Clark Piano Co.

Cable Nelson

1903
Chicago

The low priced companion of the Everett Piano Co.

Cable

1880
New York

Due to its rugged build it was adopted for use in many schools across America. more info

Chase A.B.

1875
Norwalk

The factory took up to two years to produce each piano making this a worthwhile rebuilding prospect. more info

Chickering

1823
Boston

First manufacturer in US. Advertisement w/sketch of factorymore info

Decker Bros.

1862
New York

Erard

1777
Paris

An early maker of the Square Grand whose improvements are used in today’s pianos. more info

Estey

1869
New York

Invented a superior bridge for the strings to cross over, thus providing a much clearer tone. more info

Everett

1883
Boston

Between 1973-1986 Everett pianos were made by Yamaha. more info

Fazioli

1981
Italy

Founded in Sacile, Italy by Paolo Fazioli …… more info

Fischer J & C

1840
New York

In 1896 they celebrated their 100,000th piano produced from their factory. more info

French Jesse

1875
Nashville

Invented the Dulcet Tone whereby a damper will leave one string open, thus creating a peculiar sympathetic tone quality.

Gabler

1854
New York

Mr. Gabler was a very hands-on factory owner, spending many hours each day overseeing his production.

Gulbransen

1904
Chicago

Known for its player piano actions. more info

Haines Bros.

1851
New York

Once known as the “College Piano” because of the numerous universities using this brand of piano. more info

Hallet & Davis

1835
Boston

Franz Liszt performed on one and Pope Pius X bought one for the Vatican. more info

Hardman

1842
New York

Known for the artistic beauty of its case and also its remarkable durability. more info

Hazelton Bros.

1840
New York

Famous for its inclusion of the Welte-Mignon player mechanism. more info

Ivers & Pond

1880
Boston

A highly regarded name ultimately made by the Aeolian Co. more info

Kimball

1857
Chicago

A poor Maine farm boy, Kimball sold pianos to Western pioneers in the mid 1800’s. more info

Knabe

1839
Baltimore

Once part of the Mason&Hamlin family. more info

Kohler & Campbell

1894
New York

Built pianos in North Carolina and close their business in 1985. more info

Krakauer

1869
New York

A highly esteemed piano back in its day closed shop in 1985 too. more info

Kranich & Bach

1864
New York

In 1937 they produced the smallest console which stood only 3 foot 3 inches. more info

Lester

1888
Philadelphia

Introduced plastics in their pianos after WWII causing many problems. Fortunately this problem can be remedied if you purchase an older Lester Piano.

Lindeman

1836
New York

2nd manufacturer in US. more info

Ludwig

1889
New York

Introduced the Unit Valve Player Action which greatly improved maintenance. more info

Lyon & Healy

1864
Chicago

Is best known for its beautiful harps. more info

Marshall & Wendell

1836
Albany

Highly sought after in the used piano market, especially if equipped with an Ampico Player Unit.

Mason & Hamlin

1854
Boston

They were once considered Steinway&Sons chief competitor. more info

Mathushek

1863
New York

Invented the “over-stringing” of the modern piano. more info

Mehlin & Sons

1889
New York

Famous for their beautiful artistic cases.

Henry F. Miller

1863
Wakefield

Petrof

1864
Hradec Kralove

Produced in the Czech Republic.

Schimmel

1885
Leipzig

Europeans largest piano maker.

Sohmer

1872
Kohler and chase piano serial numbers
New York

Sohmer was family owned for over 100 years. more info

Starr

1872
Richmond

Produced a 5 ft. 2 in. grand piano using the copyrighted trademark name “Minimum” more info

Steck George

1857
New York

Holds a high place as an old standard in the piano world. more info

Steinway

1853
New York

Sterling

1866
Derby

A characteristically American brand of piano. more info

Stieff Chas. M.

1842
Baltimore

Very heavy more info

Story & Clark

1859
Burlington

Was once owned by a furniture Company. more info

Vose & Sons

1851
Boston

This firm was operated by Mr. James W. Vose, a great president among piano manufacturers. more info

Waldorf

1896
New York

This piano company controlled the production of the AutoPiano Co.

Weber & Co.

1852
New York

One of the many piano companies controlled by Aeolian Piano Co. more info

Wing & Son

1873
New York

Wing & Son Piano Manufacturing Company more info

Wissner

1878
New York

Owned by Mr. Otto Wissner who was another tireless executive with a high ambition to excel.

Wurlitzer

1856
New York

Developed the spinet piano and the also the first electronic piano. more info

Yamaha

1887
Japan

Worlds largest piano producer. (started their career making Reed Organs.) more info

More Information

Aeolian

An automatic piano player in a cabinet with reeds for organ or keyboard was patented in 1897. They were marketed with the “Aeriol Pianos” name. T.P. Brown , who is given the credit, sold the patents to the Aeolian Company.The Aeolian Company established a factory for making pianos in Gotha, Germany for Steck pianos and later built a factory near London to make the Weber pianos.Albert Weber from Bavaria came to New York, age 16, and began soon to have the name of a thorough piano maker as well as a perfect performer. He spared no expense to have the best workmen and talent to make pianos giving him the name of a second to none .He succeeded in producing the “Weber tone.” Continued work and strain of doing so much by himself brought his early death. The fame of the Weber piano still continues for its quality.

American

The American Piano Company of New York is the combination of several factories under its leadership. Factories such as Chickering, Knabe, Haines, Marshall and Wendell, Foster, Armstrong, Brewster and Cook. It has warehouses in New York, Boston, Baltimore and Washington. It distributes its products through dealers.

Autopiano Company

This company has produced a player piano of distinctly original construction and quality. It began because of the demand for a reliable player action. Now it is one of the largest producers of player pianos.

Francis Bacon

The Bacon Piano Company is one of the founders of the piano industry in America. It began in 1820 with Robert Stodert and after George Bacon died, his son Francis entered as a partner in 1904 when the company took the name of Bacon Piano Company.

Baldwin

In 1866 D.H. Baldwin was a music teacher selling Decker Brothers pianos in Cincinnati. In 1873 this business became D.H. Baldwin and Company.Expansion was begun with stores in other cities. Hamilton Organ Company being organized, but later becoming incorporated into the Baldwin Company.After Baldwin died, his two partners, Wulsin and Armstrong, began the development of the artistic Balwin piano. The manufacturing plant is kept scrupulously clean and decorated with architectural design. At the 1900 Paris Exposition , Baldwin took the highest prizes as in most cases where it is presented. The Baldwin piano is an art product, its tone boundless.

Becker

Jacob Becker went from Germany to Russia where he established his business in 1841. He was a thinker and experimented with innovations. His concert grands were excellent and used by leading virtuosos. He retired in 1871, but his business continued receiving appointment as purveyor to the Emperors of Russia and Austria, king of Denmark and Grand Dukes of Russia. The business continues under Carl Schroder.

Behning

Born in Germany, Henry Behning learned piano making and came to America in 1856. Including his son in the business in 1880, they became Henry Behning and Son, which was changed to Behning Piano Company after his death. This company makes a good commercial piano.

Behr

The Behr Brothers Piano Company is located in New York and manufactures meritorious pianos.

Bentley

Established in 1930, Douglas Grover, who originally began building pianos in 1906 under several different names, finally started the Bentley Piano Company with his son immediately following the success of his overstrung design in a grand piano frame. The company stayed within the family until acquired by Whelpdale Maxwell and Codd Ltd. in 1993. And more recently, in 2003, the Bentley name was acquired by InterMusic of Dorset, England. All Bentley pianos are produced solely in England.

Bluthner

Julius Bluthner of Leipsic used the Conservatory of Music to his advantage by informing the world by the students as they went out into the world that the Bluthner pianos were such high quality. He received prizes from the world’s expositions for his new concept of piano. He begun his study under Bretschneider, a builder of grand pianos.The Bluthner art grand is impressive with its boldness in design.Bluthner had excellent hearing and could “voice” a piano better than anyone. He developed the “Aliquot System,” a system to enhance volume and quality of the upper octaves. He also invented a grand action. He was honored by rulers of several countries.Bluthner co-authored a book in German on the care and construction of the piano, materials, tools, and machinery for making the piano.

Bosendorfer

Ludwig Bosendorfer of Vienna built concert grands 10 feet in length containing 8 octaves. Among the names of grand , grand pianos is that of Bosendorfer. The son, Ludwig, improved on the grand of his father by accepting modern ideas while keeping the Vienna tone. These pianos are preferred by leading virtuosos and ranks foremost in artistic pianos produced. The Emperor of Austria conferred highest honors on the younger Bosendorfer. The Vienna piano and organ makers have an association for themselves. Ludwig Bosendorfer is the only honorary member.

Broadwood

John patented in 1827 a combination iron string plate for the grand piano with iron bars which was almost a full iron frame. He had made in 1791 a square piano. John was born in Scotland but came to England where he married a piano maker’s daughter eventually gaining control of the company. The business of Broadwood was a gathering place for leaders in his field. He gained much from their intellect. After his death his son James took control. He continued the gatherings including Beethoven, who greatly loved the Broadwood piano. Henry Fowler Broadwood succeeded James with the same inventions and intellect of friends. Chopin gave his last recital in England at the Broadwood house. Walter Stewart and Thomas Broadwood joined the Broadwood business. Six generations have guided the Broadwood name. They once had taken the lead in England with player pianos. Every part of their player pianos are manufactured within their own factory. Broadwood now makes a barless steel frame for the grand and upright pianos. This permits the soundboard and strings to vibrate unhampered.

Bush and Gerts

William H. Bush born in Maryland began using the railroad to transport vegetables from his fathers’ farm to market. He then had a lumber yard in Chicago which burned. Finally he went into partnership with his son and John Gerts to manufacture pianos. The younger Bush had studied with Woods and Company and with Kimball Company. John Gerts learned piano making in Germany.The Bush Temple of Music is a tribute to the elder Bush. The Conservatory of Music is a tribute to William L, the younger Bush.Bush and Gerts Piano Company upholds and defends the ethics of the piano business. The company insists the makers name should be on every piano and a fixed price shown by the maker.Bush and LaneIn the U.S., this is one of the manufacturers of high –grade pianos in the west.

Cable

Cable began a career in teaching but later joined the Wolfinger Organ Company. He used his previous work to the piano production joining with Conover. His business advanced, but after his two brothers joined him and his work drained him, he died. The business became known as the Cable Company which in 20 years was a leader in the U.S.Chase, A.B.

The Chase company began by making organs. Calvin Whitney began the company with $400. Ten years later he was making pianos and made the aristano grand player piano.Calvin’s son has taken over the company.The Chase Piano started in Indiana, joined with Hackley Piano Company a few years later and they became leaders from the Muskegon area.

Chickering

Babcock had a full iron frame for the piano . Jonas Chickering improved it and was granted a patent for it. He was a mechanical genius.At the World’s Fair, London, 1851, he showed the first American pianos in Europe receiving highest honors. Chickering Hall in New York was his use of concert work. Jonas had talents for inventing and constructing. He worked out all details before beginning with the mechanics. His factory burned, but he rebuilt and now is considered one of the best for its purpose. Chickering had educated his three sons in piano making. The oldest died prematurely. The second son was not in good health. He took a voyage to India and took pianos which he sold, thus becoming the first exporter of American made pianos. Chickerings son went to London with his father where he acquired great knowledge of the pianos. Chickering Hall was built in New York where many musical greats made use of the Chickering pianos. It later was demolished for other businesses.George Chickering was the youngest of the sons. He was highly educated and took over the company.. They are reviving interest in the clavichord and the music of Bach and others who wrote for the clavichord.

Decker & Sons

Myron A. Decker worked in the same shop as Albert Weber, going to work later for Boardman and Gray in New York. In 1858 State Fair, Decker received best piano exhibited. He was more concerned with design and build of an artistic piano than in making money. His son and grandson took over the Decker and Son company. Frank, son of Myron became president of the National Piano Manufacturers’ Association of America in 1908.

Erard

Sebastian Erard was from Strasburg, a very intelligent person with tools and inventions. He began working with a harpsichord maker in Paris. He learned and made instruments to assist him in building the harpsichord. He built a piano in 1777, superior to any other for the Duchess of Villeroy. With his brother Jean, they began building pianos. He was not a member of the piano guild but because of his friends in the French court of the king, he was given special permission to continue building pianos. The French Revolution drove him to London, but he did well there also. He copied the English with a square grand. Jean managed London office. Sebastian’s nephew Pierre became sole heir when jean and Sebastian died. Pierre received a patent in England for repetition or double escapement action, part of which Sebastian had attempted.The Erard pianos had brass agraffes which improved tone. This capo d’ astro was later patented by Pierre. When a good piano is established, the name on the fall board is never changed even if the founder is no longer connected with the firm. So is the name Erard.

Estey

Jacob Estey, born in New Hampshire, learned early to work hard. He worked on a farm but winters being harsh, many did inside projects. Jacob became a plumber, but later became famous in Vermont for his organs which were sent worldwide . A man named Fuller helped Estey. Jacob included his son in the Estey Organ Company.,They manufactured 1800 per month. They also made pianos of the same superior construction and workmanship as the organ. Julius was the son of Jacob and under his management began building large church organs. He had two sons who eventually came into the Estey Company.

Everett

The Sheraton grand is made by the Everett Company. This company was started in Boston by John Church who chose Everett as its name because of its simplicity. After many years of hard work the Everett piano is recognized as an artistic piano and the concert grands were used by leading virtuosos.

Fazioli

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Fazioli Pianoforti quickly built a reputation for producing top tier pianos. At the relatively young age of 35, the Fazioli Pianoforti corporation is already considered to be one of the most prestigious piano makers in the world. Their F308 – a 308 cm (10’ 2”) grand piano – is the largest piano available on the general market. Prized for their incredible design and subsequent massive sound, Fazioli pianos have been showing up most recently in major piano competitions. Out of the last 6 winners of the 3 most prestigious piano competitions – the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, and the Arthur Rubenstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv – 5 played on a Fazioli. Fazioli is a relatively small company, producing somewhere between 120 and 130 pianos a year, all hand made in Italy.

Fischer J&C

Carl Fischer came from Vienna. His sons came to New York in 1840. They founded J & C Fischer Company. Carl had been taught by his father. John wanted to return to Italy upon retirement. Charles and his four sons then became the company. Before the corporation in 1907, the business was producing 5000 pianos a year.

Gulbransen

The Gulbransen-Dickinson Company is known for its player piano. Dickinson was continually improving and simplifying the mechanism of the player piano.

Haines Brothers

Napoleon Haines and his brother Francis came to America from England when Napoleon was eight years old. At 15, he began learning the art of piano making and soon he and his brother started the Haines Brothers Piano business. They built two pianos per week. Later they built a factory where twenty pianos per week were built. Napoleon was an inventor and a very good businessman. After his death, the business merged with American Piano company who built the Haines Brothers Pianos.

Hallet and Davis

Hallet and Davis was first known in Boston as Brown and Hallet. Brown came from the Chickering Company where he had several patents for his work. After Davis died , the business continued with Kimball as president.

Hardman

Hugh Hardman came from England to New York City and became the first company to manufacture good commercial upright pianos. Later this became Hardman, Peck and Company.

Hazelton Brothers

Henry Hazelton began his piano business in New York where he maintained the respect and friendship of his competitors. He joined with his brother Frederick as F & H Hazelton, but later was joined by another brother John which brought about the name of Hazelton Brothers. The New York Knickerbacher aristocracy kept them in business.

Ivers & Pond

Ivers and Pond is one of the companies which maintained the traditions of famous Boston makers as they continued to produce pianos.

Kimball

William Wallace Kimball was born in Maine, and came to Chicago where he became a piano dealer. He soon became the largest piano dealer in the West. The Chicago fire of 1871 destroyed the warehouses. Kimball began again using his house and barn until he could rebuild. Hale of New York offered to lend him a large sum of money. E.S.Conway began working for Kimball. He traveled and eventually this gave Kimball the entire west for his territory. Kimball decided to manufacture his own pianos . He already built Kimball organs. Lufkin, a nephew, became manager of the manufacturing. They produce all parts of the piano, the player piano with music rolls, the parlor organ and the church organ.. When Kimball died, the business continued in able hands trained by Kimball.

Knabe

William Knabe was born in Germany , had an excellent education, but decided to learn the art of piano making. He came to Baltimore where he mastered English then went in business with Henry Gaehle. Gaehle eventually left the company. Knable was an excellent businessman also and he controlled the piano market of the southern states. The Civil War was a difficult time and the toll was Knabe’s life. His two sons, William and Ernest took over. William managed the factories and Ernest the business/financial side. Ernest borrowed $ 20,000 for six months with “nothing (as security) but the name of Knabe.” Without the loan many people would have been out of work. Ernest went north and west and within two months had enough sales to meet his needs. He did not need the loan. He opened branch manufactory houses. The pianos are prized for their superior construction and workmanship. William died suddenly just as the company was doing so well. Ernest took over double duties but this caused his death five years later. The business became a corporation which became the American Piano Company The “Nouveau Art” grand is an art piano of Knabe.

Kohler and Campbell

Charles Kohler began the Auto-Pneumatic Action Company in 1900 for making a reliable player action for the piano. Danquard helped Kohler and obatained a patent for the “flexible finger.” This means the wippen of the action is attached to the player mechanism. John Campbell was a factory organizer and business man. The two men worked together well.

Krakauer

Simon Krakauer from Germany was a violinist and orchestra conductor and manufactured pianos in America with his son. They pursued quality and musical tone. Daniel later joined the company and the name became Krakauer Brothers.

Kranich and Bach

This piano company in New York is known for meritorious pianos.

Lindeman

William Lindeman born in Germany, had to fight the prejudice toward German people when he came to New York and began piano making. His son, Henry,made the “cycloid” piano, a part grand and a part square piano.

Ludwig

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He made pianos in New York.

Lyon & Healy

Healy was a thirteenth child of Irish parents who came to America when Patrick Joseph was ten. He worked the bellows for a church organ in Boston, and worked his way into the music publishing house. He was a systematic worker keeping good records, and statistics to guide him in his work. Healy had success in making guitars, mandolins and other instruments. His harp became notorious where orchestra music was played. He also produced church organs. After Healy died, his son took over the business and included the making of pianos.

Mason & Hamlin

The tension resonator for pianos was patented by Gertz but used by Mason and Hamlin in all grand pianos. Hamlin discovered the “voicing” of organ reeds. He joined Mason and together produced the “organ harmonium.” Their instruments are almost flawless. They produced the American Cabinet Organ which won highest honors at World’s Expositions. They built pianos of the highest quality.

Mathushek

An invention using downward striking actions in pianos was one in which time and talent was wasted. He patented a hammer-covering machine but it was too light in construction to make the heavy hammers needed for concert grand pianos. Mathushek also experimented with double soundboards. Also the thickness of the soundboard was checked for quality tone. Mathushek traveled through Germany and Austria observing piano making, ending up in Paris. He built an octagon “table piano.” He eventually came to New York becoming associated with Dunham where he drew a scale for overstrung square pianos. Here too he made a piano hammer-covering machine. The Mathushek Piano Company in Connecticut showed his best work. He invented the linear bridge and equalizing scale for his “Colibri” piano. He could produce a tone quality that no one else could achieve. He could play the piano well and detect the slightest imperfection. He strove to produce the ideal musical tone. His orchestral square grands came near to this desire.

Henry F. Miller

Very prominent in Boston was the Henry F. Miller and Sons Piano Company. Miller was a musician especially an organist. He made the successful “Miller” piano and his five sons joined him in the business. After his death the sons continued the business with improvement to the piano case.

Sohmer

Born in the Black Forest, Germany, Hugo Sohmer was educated in music. He came to New York at sixteen where he established the Sohmer and Company. He endeavored to produce an artistic instrument rather than producing quantities.

Starr

James S. and Benjamin Starr, brothers, obtained control of the piano business where they were employed and used the names Starr Piano Company. James eventually retired. Benjamin was over the manufacturing. He saw the small business expand to produce 18,000 pianos a year before he died.

Steck, George

Steck devoted his life to the improvement of the piano. Born in Germany, he studied the piano, coming to America where he started a factory. He opened Steck Hall in New York City where leading artists played his concert grand pianos. He was the best scale drawer. His pianos are of such solidity they have become know as the “school piano.” After retirement he desired to build a piano which would be permanently in tune. He died before achieving this goal.

Steinway

New York, 1855 World’s Fair saw the Steinway and Sons square grand piano with overstrung scale and full iron frame. It had overcome the metallic quality of tone. This design was eventually used by all American makers. Steinway and Sons patented this design.In making the covering for the hammers Steinway used 1 3/4 inch thick felt. With the hammer maker the felt is thinner and more uniform. Felt hammers flatten out with use. Steinway saturated the felt about half way up with a chemical solution which hardens the felt and thus prevents the flattening. This is still done today and is one of the major differences between New York and Hamburg Steinways.Steinway knew he must put music in front of people thus gaining sales for pianos. He built Steinway Hall in New York and in other cities of the United States where music was performed. At the White House in Washington, DC is the one hundred thousandth piano built by Steinway and Sons. It was given to President Roosevelt for the American people. The cost was about $ 20,000.00.Steinway and his three sons company progressed rapidly. Steinway built a factory in New York and would not permit any part of the factory to have any imperfection in it, so as his pianos.Two of his sons died and this took a toll on Steinway. He died in 1871 leaving a revered name. His oldest son took over the company. He was an inventive and constructive genius. He made the Centennial concert grand-duplex scale, bent rim case, cupola iron plate and action to lift the heavy felt covered hammer.A Steinway village began with the factories, iron foundry, and sawmills for building the pianos. Many honors have been awarded to the Steinway pianos. Those of the family who have the company now continue to improve the quality of the pianos.

Sterling

Charles Sterling took over the Birmingham Organ Company in 1871, formed the Sterling Company in 1873 and began producing pianos in 1885. This company was very successful in the player piano.

Stieff, Charles M.

Charles Stieff taught music but came to America from Stuttgart. He imported pianos from Germany to his warehouses in Baltimore. He returned to Europe where he studied the manufacture of Pianos, returning to Baltimore and began making the Stieff piano. When Stieff died his sons, taught by Stieff himself, took over the company. They have stores in most of the larger cities of the U.S. where their pianos are sold.

Story and Clark

Story was the music piano maker of the west. He began in Vermont, teaching music but then manufacturing pianos-the first in Vermont. He was offered an organ dealership in the west, which he took and met Clark in Chicago. Clark became a partner. When Story retired his son joined Clark and they began manufacturing reed organs. The company expanded . These organs were the highest in quality and tone. Clark began his own company, but Story continued in the piano business. They distributed their own pianos to their own warehouses throughout the U.S.

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Vose and Sons

Vose began as a cabinet maker, and began making pianos after much experience in Boston. His three sons were brought into the business, and after Vose retired, continued to improve the company.

Weber and Company

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The short grand was named by Albert Weber the “baby grand.” Weber Piano Company made building of art pianos a specialty. Albert Weber was born in Bavaria, came to America at sixteen where he apprenticed for piano making and taught music. He began his company at twenty three. His company building burned, but he continued by using the best workers and best talent to make his pianos. He became second to none especially for the musical tone. This was known as the “Weber tone.” His expert playing sold many pianos. He had a quick mind which averted many unpleasant situations. He worked at the company but enjoyed the night life of New York which all of this caused his early death.

Wing & Son

Forced back into the world of business after an acquaintance stole the majority of his retirement money, Luman Birch Wing started a piano manufacturing business in New York City with two partners, Doane and Cushing. Their infant enterprise was one of only fifty or so factories producing pianos immediately after the civil war, and the business officially became the Wing & Son Piano Manufacturing Company in 1873. Wing & Son was the first company to market ‘mail-order pianos’, shipping their instruments free of charge to just about anywhere in the U.S. with a train station. Wing & Son pianos, besides being high quality and often very decorative instruments, gained notoriety for equipping their pianos with five pedals – the two extra pedals changed the tone of the piano, one made it sound like a mandolin and the other gave the instrument a ‘rinky-tink’ sound commonly associated with a honky-tonk piano.

Wurlitzer

Rudolph Wurlitzer came from a family of musical instrument makers in Germany to New York then to Cincinnati where he imported instruments. His son came into the business. This company has become the largest manufacturer of mechanical instruments and player pianos with global connections.

Yamaha

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Torahusu Yamaha began making musical instruments in 1880. In 1885 he made the first organ in Japan. The Japanese Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company patterned its pianos, organs and violins after American and German models. One of the sons of the owners of this company learned piano making in New York at the Estey factory.

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