List of piano manufacturers
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This is a partial list of piano manufacturers. Most piano professionals have access to detailed information about these brands using a Piano Atlas to reference serial numbers, which are used to determine a piano's age using the year a piano was built. This information is often used in piano appraisals.
|Company||Place||Years active||Acquired by||Notes
|A. B. Chase||Ohio||1875||Aeolian-American Corp until Aeolian went out of business.||Since 2001 the A.B Chase name has been used by Wrightwood Enterprises Inc. on pianos made by the Dongbei Piano Co. in China.|
|A. M. McPhail||Boston, MA||1837– 1950c.|
|Aeolian Company||New York City||1868–1985||Merged with Ampico in 1932. Ampico rebranded as Aeolian in 1941.|
|Charles Albrecht||Philadelphia, PA and Long Island, NY||1789–present[update]||Acquired by Schultz & Sons Manufacturing Corp., New York||Manufactured in Long Island from 1993–present[update]. One of the earliest pianos made in America. The first known piano by Albrecht is located at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.|
|American Piano Company||East Rochester, NY, US||1908–1941||Aeolian Company||aka. Ampico|
|Astin Weight||Salt Lake City||1959–1999|
|Alexander Herrmann KG||Sangerhausen, Germany||1803–1993||
|Baldwin||Cincinnati, OH, US||1890–2001||Gibson Guitar Corporation|
|Christian Baumann||Zweibrücken, Germany||1740–1816|
|Baumgardt Piano||Stockholm, Sweden||1859|
|Baus Piano Company||New York City||1895–1929||Jacob Doll Piano Company||Factories located at Southern Blvd. and Trinity Ave. They built a full line of upright pianos, player pianos, and grand pianos. It was acquired circa 1910; went out of business in the Great Depression|
|Becker Brothers||New York||1892–1940||They Also built pianos under the Bennington name, and player pianos under the Mellotone and Playernola name as well.|
|Bechstein Pianoforte Fabrik AG||Berlin and Seifhennersdorf, Germany||1853–present[update]||Was owned by Baldwin in 1963. Also manufactured Zimmermann brand after 1992|
|Behr Brothers Piano Company||Kohler & Campbell|
|Belarus||Belarus||1935–present[update]||Also manufactures brands Sängler & Sohne, Schubert and Wieler|
|Bentley Piano Company|
|Boisselot & Fils||France||1831–1908||The brand became Boisselot Fils & Co. in 1847, after the passing of his father Jean-Louis Boisselot.|
|Bösendorfer||Vienna, Austria||1828||Yamaha||Acquired in 2007|
|Broadwood and Sons||London||1774–present[update]||
|C. Burlman & Co.|
|Cable and Sons||New York||1852|
|Cable, Hobart M.||La Porte, IN, US||1900–1960s||brand was purchased by American Sejung in the 1990s|
|Cavendish Pianos||Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire||2012–present[update]|
|Charles R. Walter||Elkhart, IN, US||1975|
|Charles Stieff||Baltimore||1852–1951c.||often referred to as "The poor man's Steinway"|
|Chas. S. Norris||Boston||1930c.|
|Chickering and Sons||Boston||1823–1983||American Piano Company||Acquired in 1908|
|Collard & Collard||London|
|Cunningham Piano Company||Philadelphia||1891|
|Currier Piano Co.||Boston and Marion, NC, US||1823, 1969||Acquisition details|
|Decker Brothers||New York||1862||
|Estey Piano Corp||1869|
|Estonia Piano Factory||Estonia||1893–present[update]|
|Fahr Albert||Zeitz, Germany||1887–1950|
|Falcone||Haverhill, MA, US||1982–1993||American Sejung Corp.|
|Fandrich & Sons||Stanwood, WA, US||1989–present[update]c.|
|Fazioli||Sacile, PN, Italy||1978–present[update]|
|J.C. Fischer||New York||1840|
|August Förster||Löbau, Germany||1859–present[update]|
|Francis Connor||New York||1871||
|Fritz Dobbert||São Paulo, Brazil||1950||
|Generalmusic||Italy and Bensenville, IL, US|
|Haddorf Piano Company||Rockford, Illinois||1902–1960||Maker of Steinbach & Dreher|
|Haines Brothers||New York||1832|
|Hallet, Davis & Co||Boston||1843 (Known as Brown and Hallet from 1835 to 1843) It is the oldest United States Piano Name still in production||Hallet, Davis, & Co. is now owned by North American Music, Inc. and has been in production since the original Hallet, Davis & Company was formed in Boston in 1843 by George H. Davis, Russell Hallet, and other partners. It was originally Brown and Hallet in 1835. Hallet & Davis was reconstituted by Davis with another Hallet (Benjamin Franklin Hallet) in Boston in the 1850s. The W. W. Kimball Company acquired Hallet & Davis in the early 1900s. In 1905, the Conway Company, a holding company, acquired the Hallet & Davis name from Kimball. In 1927, Conway disposed of its piano business. In the mid-twentieth century, the Hallet & Davis name, as well as many other U.S. piano brands, were consolidated under the Aeolian-American Corp., which declared bankruptcy in 1985.||Continuing the Hallet & Davis brand, and appropriate to its Boston association, there was a trademark submission in 1998 for "HALLET, DAVIS & CO. BOSTON" as was applied for by North American Music, Inc., a piano distributor. The application was "Refused/Dismissed or Invalidated" by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO). The very next year, in 1999, North American Music applied again for a Hallet & Davis trademark, but this time simply as "HALLET, DAVIS & CO." (removing "BOSTON"), which was ultimately granted in 2001 by the USPTO. The Pearl River Piano Group of China (which manufactures HD&C pianos as well as Essex Pianos for Steinway & Sons), puts "Boston" under the HD&C and thus providing the continuity of Lineage to its roots in Boston, MA.|
|Hardman Peck||New York||1842|
|Heichele, Johann||Ljubljana, Trieste||1790–1813|
|Heintzman & Co.||Toronto||1866|
|Henk Hupkes||Rotterdam, The Netherlands||2007–present[update]||Build in cooperation with Thüringer Pianoforte, Eisenberg, Germany|
|Hobart M. Cable||La Porte, Indiana, US||1900||American Sejung Corp.|
|Hornung & Møller||Copenhagen, Denmark||1827–1972|
|Irmler||Leipzig and Poland||
|Søren Jensen||Copenhagen, Denmark||1893–1921|
|J. Erbe Eisenach||Germany||1881|
|J. Strauss & Son||1925||
|Julius Bauer & Co||Chicago|
|Kawai||Hamamatsu, Japan||1930–present[update]||Also owns the Shigeru Kawai brand|
|Kimball||Chicago Il, USA||1857||see Kimball International|
|Klavins Piano Manufaktúra Kft.||Vác, Hungary||2017–present[update]|
|Knabe||Baltimore||1837||American Piano Company||Acquired in 1908|
|Kohler & Campbell||New York||1896|
|Krakauer Bros||New York||1869|
|Kranich & Bach||1864|
|Albert W. Ladd & Company||Boston||1838|
|Lauter Piano Co.||Newark, NJ, US||1862–1930|
|Lesage Piano Company||Quebec||Willis & Co.||Acquired in 1907|
|Lester Piano Company||Lester, PA, US||1888–1960||Also manufactured brands Channing, Alden, Bellaire, Schubert and Leonard|
|Lindeman & Sons||New York||1836|
|Ludwig & Company||St. Louis, MO, US||1895||
|M. Schulz Piano Co.||Chicago, Il, US||1869–1930s||Company manufactured and sold pianos under the names of M. Schulz, Walworth, Bradford, Irving, and Maynard, and Aria Divina.||They were also sold under the names Brinkerhoff(from teens until about 1950s) and Schriver & Sons|
|Maene||Ruiselede, Belgium||1938–present[update]||Founded by Parents Albert Maene-Doutreloigne|
|Mason & Hamlin||Boston||1854–present[update]||Part owned by The Cable Company (from 1904–1924). Acquired by American Piano Company (1924), Aeolian (c. 1929), Aeolian-American (1932), (Various owners from 1940s–1980s), Sohmer & Co. (1985), and Burgett, Inc. (1996)||This brand has changed hands and factories many times in its history. See main article.|
|Mason & Risch||Ontario|
|Mathushek||New York||1852–1879||New Haven 1866|
|Mehlin & Sons||New York||1853–1960|
|Melville Clark company||DeKalb||Purchased by Baldwin in 1919|
|Moore and Moore||London|
|Muir, Wood and Company||Edinburgh, Scotland||1798–1818||Wood, Small and Company||Wood, Small and Company was formed at John Muir's Death in 1818|
|Murdoch, McKillop & Co||Edinburgh, Scotland||
|Newman & Bros.||Baltimore||1842|
|Obermann & Sohn|
|Stephen Paulello||Villethierry, France||present[update]|
|Pearl River Piano Group||Guangzhou, China||1956–present[update]|
|Perzina||Lenzen, Germany and Yantai, China||1871–present[update]|
|Petrof||Hradec Králové, Czech Republic||1864–present[update]|
|Reed & Sons Chicago, Il. USA||1842|
|Manuel Samaniego||Madrid||1800s–1892c.|
|Samick||Incheon, South Korea||1958–present[update]|
|San Francisco Piano Co.|
|Schiller Piano Company||Oregon, Illinois||1890–1936||Cable Company|
|Schultz & Sons||Brooklyn, NY and Long Island, NY||1948–present[update]||In Brooklyn 1948–1973. In Long Island 1974–present[update].
Schultz & Sons has an exclusive arrangement with several manufacturers to make pianos that are then modified and enhanced in the Schultz & Sons factory. Schultz & Sons has applied for patents on its unique innovations in Action, Scale, and Soundboard design. Schultz & Sons also controls the Charles Albrecht name. They produce Grands, Consoles, and Uprights. In addition to the Schultz & Sons serial number, pianos have the original manufacturers serial number. Pianos with the following second serial numbers were originally made by: Kawai starting with 1955160 Sohmer starting with 244540 Nakamichi starting with 057493 Kohler & Campbell starting with 798777 
|Schulze & Pollman|
|Sears, Roebuck & Company||Chicago||1900–1930c.||Also manufactured/sold brands Beckwith, American Home, Maywood, Beverley, and Caldwell|
|Sezemsky||Chicago, United States||1886–1901|
|Sherman Clay||San Francisco|
|F.G. Smith||New York||1866|
|Sohmer & Co.||New York||1872|
|Starr Piano Company||Richmond, Indiana||1872–1950||Originally named the Trayser Piano Company, after one of its founders, George Trayser. They also produced a more affordable, yet exceptional quality, piano line, the "Richmond Piano Company", which was sold alongside theirs in showrooms. Also known for founding Gennett Records.|
|Steck||New York||1857||American Sejung Corp.|
|Steinbach & Dreher||Rockford, Illinois||1902–1960||Actually made by Haddorff Piano company.|
|G. Steinberg||Berlin, Germany||1908–present[update]|
|Steingraeber & Söhne||Bayreuth, Germany||1852–present[update]|
|Steinway & Sons||New York and Hamburg, Germany||1853–present[update]|
|Sterling Piano Company||Derby, Connecticut||1866–1967||Founded in 1845 as The Sterling Organ Company by Charles A. Sterling, the company merged with the Winter Piano Company after the Great Depression. They also produced the cheaper, but reputable, Huntington Piano.|
|Story & Clark||Los Angeles||1884|
|Straube Piano Company||Downers Grove, Illinois (1895–1904)
Hammond, Indiana (1904–1940)
Chicago Heights (1940–1942)
Rockford, Illinois (1942–1949)
|1895–1949||C.G. Conn (1942)||Manufactured Straube, Hammond, Gilmore, and Woodward; receiver's sale in 1934; bankruptcy in 1937 — remaining assets, including name and patents continued in 1937 in the newly formed Indiana corporation, Straube Pianos Inc.|
|Strich & Zeidler||New York City||1889–1930s||Also manufactured Homer brand|
|Stuart and Sons||Newcastle, Australia||present[update]|
|Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation||Japan||1953||
|Uebel & Lechleiter||Heilbronn, Germany||1872–1987|
|United Piano Makers||New York||1800sc.||
|Verdugo e Hijo||Quito, Ecuador||1995–present[update]||
|Weber (New York)||New York||1852||Young Chang|
|George Weber & son, John||Chicago||1917|
|Weber (Ontario)||Kingston, ON, Canada||1862||Lesage Piano Company|
|Whelpdale, Maxwell & Codd||1876|
|Willis & Company Ltd.||Montreal||1889–1979||Acquired Lesage Piano Company in 1907. Also manufactured Newcombe|
|Wolfframm Dresden||Dresden, Germany||1872–1930s||Started out under brand name Apollo|
|Wood, Small and Company||Edinburgh, Scotland||1818–1829||Successive firms were Wood and Company, J. Muir Wood Company, and Small, Bruce and Company||Continued until Andrew Wood's Death in 1829|
|Wurlitzer||Cincinnati, OH, US||1856–1988||Baldwin||Also sold under the names Apollo, De Kalb, Julius Bauer, Farney, Kingston, Kurtzman, Merrium. Schaff Bros. and Underwood.
|Yamaha||Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan||1887–present[update]||Acquired Bösendorfer in 2007. See also List of Yamaha products|
|Young Chang||Seoul, South Korea||1956||Hyundai Development Company||Acquired in 2006
|Zimmermann||Seifhennersdorf, Germany||1884–2011||Bechstein Pianoforte Fabrik AG||Acquired in 1992|
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