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SAMICK

Samick Musical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd., of Inchon, Korea, announced the formation of its new wholly American owned subsidiary, Samick America Corp., in February 1982.

For years, Samick has been the chosen piano of leading conservatories, concert halls, and institutions of higher learning where music has always been an important part of the curriculum. Samick pianos have been awarded numerous Gold and Silver Medals by countries all around the world for excellence in tone, touch, quality, stability, durability, and overall superiority of materials used in manufacturing. The most recent awards were the International World Olympics Medal for superior design and the Grand Prix Award from Spain for superior overall quality and design.

A complete new line of pianos was introduced at the 1982. Samick manufactures a full line of grand pianos (two 5,1", one 5'4", two 5'9", and one 6'10") along with a complete line of consoles, studios, and professional uprights (four 42", three 45", three 48", and three 52" models).

Samick Musical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd., was established in 1958 in Inchon, Korea, and today is the oldest and largest piano manufacturer in Korea and the third largest in the world. From the small workshop of the early years, the Samick factories have grown into a network of modern and highly sophisticated manufacturing facilities. All Samick pianos are stained, filled, sealed, and covered with the finest quality finishes available. All exposed internal wood parts are sealed to protect them against all moisture and atmospheric conditions. Samick pianos are exported to Asian, European, and other world markets. The firm imports the finest components: Royal George felt from England; 21-ply, cross laminated pin blocks from Delignite of Germany; Sitka spruce from Alaska; Schwander style actions for verticals and Renner style actions for grands; German steel strings; hard rock maple for action parts; and nickel-plated cut thread tuning pins for better tuning stability.

All Samick pianos are available in eight high polish and eight satin finishes, including ebony, white, walnut, mahogany, teak, ivory, oak, and rosewood.

1978 - 30150 1981 - 31960 1984 - 50630 1988 - 114390

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SAUTER

The Carl Sauter piano factory ranks among the oldest family run establishments in the piano industry. Its founder, Johann Grimm, learned his trade from 1813 to 1819 at the celebrated Streicher Workshops in Vienna. He passed his knowledge on to his adopted son, Carl Sauter, and ever since succeeding genera-tions of the Sauter family have upheld these traditions and enjoyed a firm position in the piano world.

Sauter uprights and grands continue to maintain their stylistic and musical identity. Sauter uprights are available in three different sizes, each visually and tonally distinct: 110(43-1/3"), 120 (47-1/4"), an(l 130 (51"). Models 120 and 130 are equipped with the Sauter special double escapement action, R-2, as a standard feature. Carl Sauter and his son, Johann, rec-ognized the clear advantages of the R-2 in the mid-l9th century, and the R-2 has been deci-sively improved under the management of the present director, Carl Sauter. Because of its reliable rebound and its rapid return of the hammer ready for restriking, the R-2 action facilitates delicate and discriminative proper-ties of touch usually found only on a grand piano.

The Sauter grand pianos have won praise from classical performers and jazz pianists alike. Sauter instruments reveal both construc-tion thinking and the consistent application of time-proven principles ofdesign. Sauter's modern facilities create the necessary conditions for producing all components to high-precision standards.

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SCHAAF, ADAM Established in 1873

The home of the famous Adam Schaaf grand, upright and player pianos and reproducing pianos were built at their imposing, and beautiful six story building at 319-321 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago. In addition to a factory at 1020 Central Park Avenue, Chicago, made the Adam Schaaf institution one of the best equipped in the world.

Adam Schaaf instruments continue to advance time tested by thousands of satisfied, ever enthusiastic owners and customers.

To make still better the best Adam Schaaf piano has been the aim and the inspiration of the experienced workers in the Adam Schaaf factory as well as the ambition of the gentlemen who direct the company's destinies. How well these aims and ambitions have succeeded is told in the fact that the three fold output has not kept pace with the steadily increasing demand.

These instruments are the product of a house of the highest responsibility and unlimited credit. Adam Schaaf Reproducing Pianos in Grands and Uprights are very distinguished.

Serial Numbers effective on January 1, of the year shown.

1885-3100 1903-14500 1909-24100 1915-35800 1921-56000
1890-4600 1904-16000 1910-25100 1916-39000 1922-59000
1895-6580 1905-17800 1911-26200 1917-43000 1923-62000
1900-10000 1906-19000 1912-28300 1918-47000 1924-65000
1901-11500 1907-20500 1913-30400 1919-50000 1926-71000
1902-13000 1908-22000 1914-32600 1920-53000

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SCHAEFFER

Pianos and player pianos which have gained an enviable reputation for beautiful tone qualities. Sold by the largest dealers throughout the country. First manufactured in New York by William Schaeffer beginning about 100 years ago in 1873 he was one of the early pioneer piano builders of the European school, In 1878 the Schaefer was awarded a diploma of honor at the Paris Exposition. In 1888 the business was removed to Chicago.

1900 - 17000 1919 - 58300 1922 - 65000 1925 - 71000
1910 - 36000 1920 - 60600 1923 - 67000 1929 - 75300
1915 - 50500 1921 - 52400 1924 - 69000 1931 - 77900

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SCHAFER

Established in 1903 by the Schafer Brothers in St. Louis as The Schafer Piano Works. Their pianos, both in the Grand and upright designs, are especially known for their remarkably appealing tonal qualities. The sweet mellowness of tone, and wide range of volume make their instruments a favorite with those musically educated. Their styles are always of the most modern design, and the superior durability of Schafer pianos,. Instruments are well known and readily understood when it is known they employ in all departments only the most skilled of the piano trade craftsmen, and all material must measure up to their critical requirements.

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SCHAFER & SONS

Schafer & Sons is more than a company. It is a family dedicated to music and fine musical instruments.

Vertical pianos that were manufactured in the United States included 13 decorator models. Sizes include 3711 spinet throh 42" console pianos. Imported vertical pianos include nine models of console and professional uprights, sized 41" through 52". Grand models include the Baby, Studio, Parlor, Semi-Concert, and fall 9' Concert. Schafer & Sons Player Pianos led the field in performance and soffware selection. The Nickelodian is an unsul entertainment value.

1977 - 100000 1981 - 400000 1985 - 660000 1989 - HG0089
1978 - 280000 1982 - 410000 1986 - 860000 1990 - HG0190
1979 - 330000 1983 - 420000 1987 - 870000 1991 - HIDG91
1980 - 380000 1984 - 510000 1988 - HG0088 1992 - HIDG92

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SCHENCKE

Piano's of a popular grade made at 432-440 Austin Place, New York, by the Schencke Piano Co.

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SCHERPE

Manufactured by B. Scherpe & Sons, practical piano makers, at 21O3 Clybourn Ave, Chicago. Instruments of good, durable character.

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SCHAFF BROS. CO.

These instruments possess remarkable tone qualities. The case designs are chaste and beautiful, and the construction is in the best sense durable and reliable. Schaff Bros. instruments are made in uprights and player pianos and they have a record of perfect satisfaction. The Schaff Bros. grown steadily and its progress has developed the musical qualities of the piano without so far advancing the prices as to dwarf their great popularity.

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SCHIEDMAYER

In Wurtenburg-Stuttgart, Germany, the Schiedmayer piano was born in 1809, at the time of and in the area of the dawn of the Industnal Revolution. The Schieddaayer srore was on the town square, near other quality piano builders. Few could match the Schiedrrayer quality.

Behind Schiemayer is a combination of the tradition, experience, and tone color of the Germans and the pauence and know-how of the Japanese.

The Schiedmayer scales are now manulactured by the Japanese in a relationship that claims the hest of both cultures. The line offers 43" and 48" uprights in ebony, snow white, mahogany, and walnut. Grands are 6' and 6' 11", with the 6' offered in the same colors as the uprights; the 6'1 1" is available in ebony only.

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SCHUMANN

A house of national reputation. Makers of only artistic pianos and player-pianos. Schumann instruments are made in their factory at Rockford, Illinois, where the industry was removed from Chicago in 1903. All instrument: made by the Schumann Piano Co. and are of one quality, the highest; all bear the one name, Schumann, The Schumann piano has been honored by testimonials from many of the greatest artists and musician Schumann instruments are meeting with demand in foreign countries because of their ability, due to the individuality of construction, to withstand trying climatic conditions.

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SCHLEICHER & SONS

Durable and attractive pianos, player pianos, made by Schleicher & Sons. .

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SCHILLER

The Schiller product has gained an enviable reputation in the piano field. More than 68,000 of this well known makes have been made and sold, all of which has been accomplished without extensive advertising, the sales resulting from the enthusiasm of Schiller owners who recommend them to their friends. Through exclusive features and excellent quality Schiller pianos and players have been in demand by representative dealers from coast to coast. The Bauer patent has an established reputation as scientific grand piano construction. The improvement in tone is gained by having the strings about two inches from the sound board as compared to one inch in the regular construction. This construction gives added strength and eliminates to a minimum susceptibility to atmospheric changes. The Schiller line includes uprights, grands, players, reproducing uprights and grands.

1950 - 318000 1958 - 342400 1966 - 386000 1975 - 425700
1951 - 321000 1959 - 345800 1967 - 393000 1976 - 429300
1952 - 323000 1960 - 350600 1969 - 398000 1977 - 434000
1953 - 326000 1961 - 355000 1970 - 401700 1978 - 437000
1954 - 333000 1962 - 360000 1971 - 407300 1979 - 443000
1955 - 336500 1963 - 365000 1972 - 411400 1980 - 448000
1956 - 338000 1964 - 372000 1973 - 415900 1981 - 451000
1957 - 339200 1965 - 379000 1974 - 420700 1982 - 455200

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SCHIMMEL

Schimmel produces high-quality pianos. It has proficient, dedicated staff, a well established artnership with its worldwide dealer network, nd extensive investments in modern production Eteilities. All of this forms a sound basis on ~ich the company is embarking on its second century in business. Schimmel was founded on 4ay 2, 1885, by Wilhelm Schimmel, grand-~her of the current president, as a modest, ne-man operation in a small rented workshop I Neuschoenfeld, near Leipzig. In the following ars the company grew rapidly, necessitating ie hiring of employees and several relocations larger premises in Leipzig. Before long, himmel pianos were winning top awards. himmel was appointed as purveryor to the )urts of the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar 899) and the King of Roumania (1909), honors ~'ldom conferred on newly established firms.

In 1927, the presidency of the company was issed on to Wilhelm Arno Schimmel, the 'under's son. Two years later the company was located to Braunschweig. World War II briefly terrupted piano production, but the company ion resumed operations, and by 1948 Schimmel anos were being exhibited at the trade fair in anover. In 1961, following the sudden death of ~1helm Arno Schimmel, his son, Nikolaus 'ilhelm Schimmel, assumed the presidency. By i64 annual production had increased to over 100 units; by 1975, it had increased to 7,200, d to approximately 9,000 by 1983.

In 1971 Schimmel became a majority stockholder in the May piano factory in Berlin, and a contract was signed with the ciete Gaveau-Erard in Paris for the produc-in under license of pianos bearing the three )rld-famous French brand names of Erard, iveau, and Playel.

In 1981 work was finally completed on the w, completely modern office and production ilities in the Friedrich-Seele-Strasse, built in eral stages of construction over a period of 14 us.

In 1985, Schimmel is celebrating its centenniaI. In just three generations this family enterise has grown from the most modest of beginning to Western Europe's leading piano manufacturer. The company expects to ships its before the year is over. Sixty-five percent of Schimmel production is export; exports to the United States and riada are on the increase. Despite a worldwide in piano sales, the company was able to other strengthen its position on all markets last

Probably the most important contributing for to Schimmel's success is the decision not produce any cheap leader pianos, but instead ater to an exclusive clientele: those who are king for top quality in sound, workmanship,artd touch, exquisite cabinetry, and, above all, a lasting investment, and who are willing and in a position to pay for these things. Despite the im-portant role played by automatic machines and computers in increasing production efficiency, Schimmel still performs most of the operations by hand in order to maintain its worldwide reputation for quality.

Other important factors are the creativity of the Schimmel management and the motivation and high training standard of its production staff. In the German piano industry, the appren-tice/journeyman/master craftsman system still prevails. The supervisors at Schimmel are refer-red to as Meister because they are master craftsmen.

1900 - 3500 1950 - 22900 1965 - 81000 1974 - 144700
1910 - 9000 1951 - 23200 1966 - 88200 1975 - 152200
1915 - 10400 1952 - 24500 1967 - 95500 1976 - 159700
1920 - 12700 1953 - 26700 1968 - 103000 1977 - 168000
1925 - 16800 1955 - 31300 1969 - 110600 1978 - 180000
1930 - 19350 1960 - 50000 1970 - 118200 1979 - 192000
1935 - 20900 1962 - 60900 1971 - 124800 1980 - 204000
1940 - 22100 1963 - 66700 1972 - 131600 1981 - 216000
1949 - 22600 1964 - 74000 1973 - 138200 1982 - 230000

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M. SCHULZ & CO.

Pianos, player-pianos. Grand and Reproducing Pianos known throughout the piano world as instruments of the highest class. The M. Schultz piano of the best known, most highly organized, reputable and extensive piano manufacturing concerns in the country. Technically, the instruments made by this concern and note for scientific correctness of scale, highest grade of workmanship, and extreme care in choice of only the finest in material, backed up by long experience. The tone quality of M. Schulz pianos is the strong point of them, possessing a roundness, purity and mellow singing beauty all its own. This company is also distinguished for turning out case work of true artistic excellence, with a purity of design and fineness of finish which are in every way distinguished. Added refinements in case designs of special period art models are features of M. Schulz Co. production. Aria Divina Reproducing pianos are a standard with dealers everywhere.

1907 - 3500 1913 - 80000 1919 - 140000 1925 - 190000
1911 - 62000 1917 - 120000 1923 - 170000 1929 - 226000
1912 - 71000 1918 - 130000 1924 - 180000 1930 - 230000


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SETTERGREN

Small grand pianos, exclusively, bear this name, which is that of an expert piano manufacturer of thirty-five years experience in some of the foremost industries. The Settergren grand pianos are the result of a determination to create high grade instruments upon the most modern lines, and to this end Mr. B. K. Settergren applied the experience and skill acquired in some of the most famous industries.

1956 - 160000 1959 - 169000 1962 - 180000 1965 - 191000
1957 - 163100 1960 - 172000 1963 - 183000 1966 - 191800
1958 - 166000 1961 - 176000 1964 - 187000 1967 - 192000
Piano values will vary with age, type of wood, style and condition.

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SCHMIDT- DAUBER

Pianos and player pianos of durable and attractive character are manufactured by the Schmidt Dauber Company.
Piano values will vary with age, type of wood, style and condition.

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SCHOMACKER

The famous "Gold String" piano, founded in Philadelphia, 1838, was manufactured by the SCHOMACKER Piano Company Philadelphia.

1907 - 3500 1913 - 80000 1919 - 140000 1925 - 190000
1911 - 62000 1917 - 120000 1923 - 170000 1929 - 226000
1912 - 71000 1918 - 130000 1924 - 180000 1930 - 230000

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SCHUBERT

Manufactured by the Schubert Piano Co.,. These instruments, made in uprights, grands and reproducing pianos, are from an old established industry and contain a new tone device known as the "Virzi." At the Paris International Exposition, at the Rotterdain World's Fair and at the Chicago Exposition, Shubert pianos obtained highest awards. The qualities that gained recognition for these instruments have not been acquired in one or two generations, but is the result of over years of expert piano building. ndition.

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SCHUMANN

Fine pianos for more than 100 years have borne the name of Schumannand the high esteem these fine instruments are accorded the result of the quality of materials and high workmanship in the Schumann factory. The Schumann piano has been honored by testimonials from many great artists and musicians. All Schumann pianos, even the 37"-high spinets, are equipped with direct blow actions. The response of the direct blow action, the fine finishes and case styling, and above all the superior tone are all joined in every Schumann spinet and console piano.

They were available in styles from period to modern in fine African mahogany, American walnut, Salem maple, limed oak, blond mahogany and cherry woods and finishes. Made by Estey

A house of national reputation. Makers of only artistic pianos and player-pianos. Schumann instruments are made in their factory at Rockford, Illinois, where the industry was removed from Chicago in 1903. All instrument: made by the Schumann Piano Co. and are of one quality, the highest; all bear the one name, Schumann, and are backed by the famous Schumann Unlimited Warranty. The Schumann piano is especially noted for the many exclusive and improved features which it contains; one of particular value from a tonal standpoint being. their system of dowel pin construction of the sounding board, ribs and bridges, doing away with any metal touching these parts, assuring the sounding board of exceptional vibrating power. Workmanship is the mast skilled, and the materials used are the finest. The tone of the Schumann piano justly deserves the reputation which it has won throughout the country, Possessing that rare singing quality so much desired. Schumann cases are of beautiful finish and design. The Schumann piano has been honored by testimonials from many of the greatest artists and musician Schumann instruments are meeting with demand in foreign countries because of their ability, due to the individuality of construction, to withstand trying climatic conditions. The factory at Rockford is very finely equipped, electric power being used and every facility afforded for the production of pianos of the finest quality. Mr. W. N. Van Matre, president of the Schumann Piano Co., is a recognized expert in both the making and marketing of such an instrument Dealers who handle the Schumann very warmly of its attributes. The Schumann player piano, manufactured complete in the Schumann factory, under Schumann patents, is an important factor in the business of this company. The Schumann player action is made complete in the factories of the company at Rockford. Purchasers are especially cautioned against spurious or imitation Schumann piano several of which have appeared in the trade. Genuine Schumann: bear the Schumann head trade mark.

1956 - 160000 1959 - 169000 1962 - 180000 1965 - 191000
1957 - 163100 1960 - 172000 1963 - 183000 1966 - 191800
1958 - 166000 1961 - 176000 1964 - 187000

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SEILER, ED., Est. 1849 by Eduard Seiler in Liegnitz, Germany. Located at Wilhelmstrasse 17-19. Exhibited pianos at Philadelphia, Pa. in 1876. This piano is legendary for its grand piano characteristics, including a robust, resonant bass, rich and warm tenor and a treble with a singing tone, bell-like in its clarity. The musical capabilities are enormous.

This World Class Professional grand piano is distinguished by its tonal dynamics, its presence, and absolute precision. This elegant, chamber concert grand has an unmistakable, transparent sound, enabling it to meet easily the most musical requirements, even in front of a large audience. This is ensured by the Seiler Patented Tonal Volume Stabilizer, which gives all Seiler Grand Pianos their full-bodied sound and sonority.

1900-27799
1901-29137
1902-30624
1903-32103
1904-33669
1905-35293
1906-36941
1907-38561
1908-40207
1909-41871
1910-43419
1911-45141
1912-47197
1913-48937
1914-50053
1915-50755
1916-50775
1917-51171
1918-51561
1919-52697
1920-53671 
1921-54802
1922-56163
1923-57587
1924-59578
1925-61632
1926-63327
1927-65837
1928-68498
1929-70164
1930-71725
1931-72637
1932-73137
1933-73413
1934-74100
1935-75503
1937-77200
1938-78400
1939-80200
1940-81100
1941-81660
1942-82208
1942-82208
1943-82500
1945-82699
1952-82700
1954-85000
1955-85200
1956-85400
1957-85660
1958-85800
1959-85900
1960-86100
1961-87500
1963-89000
1964-90000
1965-92683
1970-97266
1972-100000
1973-101700
1974-103668
1975-105849
1976-108000
1977-110000
1979-113425
1980-116882
1981-119200
1982-121065
1983-125588
1984-128980
1985-131130
1986-135905
1987-138770
1988-141505
1989-142000
1990-144955
1991-147700
1992-150485
1993-151300
1994-152900
1995-154945
1996-156100
1997-158000
1998-160000

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SEEBURG

Coin operated pianos, Orchestrions, Theatre Organs, made by the J. P. Seeburg Piano Co., the pioneer automatic industry of Chicago, have attained leadership in this particular field. They are splendid instruments of highest grade containing a most durable mechanisms and many desirable features.

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SHATTUCK

Pianos bearing this name is the product of the P.S. Wick Co., of North St. Paul, Minn. and Industry that enjoy a fine reputation for skill and reliability. Manufacturers' name appears on the fall board and plate and the Shattuck is a reliable piano in every particular. It is of pleasing tone quality, and is so carefully made as to insure its durability.

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SHONINGER

The House of Shoninger is one of the oldest among the piano manufacturers, having been established by B. Shoninger in 1850. During this long and celebrated career it has always been identified by which standards of manufacture and recognition from many of the world's great artists and authorities. At the Paris International Exposition, at the Rotterdain World's Fair and at the Chicago Exposition, Shoninger pianos obtained highest awards. The qualities that gained recognition for these instruments have not been acquired in one or two generations, but is the result of over years of expert piano building.

1950 - 21000 1952 - 25000 1954 - 28500 1958 - 35200
1951 - 23000 1953 - 27000 1956 - 31500 1960 - 37000

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SEYBOLD

Pianos and player pianos of attractive and durable qualities bearing this name are manufactured by J P. Johnson Piano Co., of Elgin and Ottawa, Ill.

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SHAW

This instrument was originally made in Erie, Pa., the business being established more than twenty years ago. In a 1900 the Shaw business was purchased by Chas. Stieff, Inc., of Baltimore, Md.,

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SHERWOOD

Dependable pianos manufactured by the Clarendon Piano Co., Rockford, Ill. Serviceable, well-built pianos possessing musically good tone.

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SINGER

Pianos and player-pianos which bear this now widely known name are manufactured by the Singer Division of the Steger & Sons Piano Mfg. Co., of Chicago and Steger, Ill. Singer pianos were first offered the public in 1884. The Singer piano and player piano are very desirable instruments of beautiful touch, great durability and very attractive qualities.

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SMITH & BARNES

Known as "the Pioneer pianos of the West." The first pianos manufactured in Chicago for wholesale trade. This was in 1884. The manufacture of these instruments is conducted tinder a strong organization headed by The Continental Piano Co. The Smith & Barnes player-pianos are of the same high character and have earned for themselves a place among the leading player-pianos of the country. The Smith, Barnes & Strobber Company, manufacturers of the Smith & Barnes pianos, stand among the highest commercially in the piano manufacturing industry. Main office and factory at Chicago. See also Smith, Barnes & Strobber Co

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SMITH & NIXON

One of the oldest names in the American piano world. These pianos, player-pianos and grands are manufactured by a division of the Goldsmith Piano Co. of Chicago, an industry of utmost responsibility. Smith & Nixon pianos have held a place very high in the esteem of discriminating musical people and, under present conditions, their position will be maintained.

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SOHMER & CO.

Pianos of this make are distinguished by their artistic character, and have for many years held their place among the best specimens of the piano-maker's art. They are manufactured in both grand and upright styles. Fine pianos in every respect, and the product of a house of highest responsibility.

1900 - 27800 1945 - 97260 1966 - 159600 1975 - 203500
1905 - 32300 1950 - 103240 1967 - 164700 1976 - 209100
1915 - 42900 1960 - 132500 1969 - 175000 1978 - 220430
1920 - 48100 1961 - 136700 1970 - 180000 1979 - 226250
1925 - 60750 1962 - 140840 1971 - 183600 1980 - 231700
1930 - 76500 1963 - 145260 1972 - 187800 1981 - 236570
1935 - 86400 1964 - 150200 1973 - 191074 1982 - 241180
1940 - 92100 1965 - 154500 1974 - 198900 1983 - Falcone

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SOLO EUPHONA INNER-PLAYER

This remarkable instrument is the Euphona Inner-Player equipped with the well-known patented Solo Carola mechanism, the only device ever made whereby solo and accompaniment notes can be struck independently or simultaneously throughout the entire length of the keyboard with any desired degree of power. The result is a player-piano of the highest artistic merit. The Solo Euphona Inner-Player is made in its entirety by The Cable Company, Chicago,

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STARCK P.A.

From its first appearance a great many years ago it has been the ambition of the manufacturers of the Starck piano to create an instrument distinctive in its expression of the skill and care by which it is produced. The Starck reproducing piano is a triumph in the most advanced department of construction. It has won the indorsement of many artists, and the Starck grand has been used and highly praised by pianists, vocalist's operatic artists whose testimonials form a sheaf of strength to these instruments. The Starck player-pianos include the latest improvements by which are insured the most artistic effects and permit widest range of expression. Starck player-pianos are made in both grand and upright cases.

1960 - 158800 1962 - 169000 1964 - 183000 1966 - 207000
1961 - 163000 1963 - 176000 1965 - 195000 1967 - 219000

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SOLOTONE

The name adopted by Schaff Bros. Co. of Huntington. Ind., for their player-pianos. Instruments of such attractive characteristics and musical qualities as to have made them favorites wherever known.

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STARR Est. 1872

Manufaturers of Cumberland, Duchess, Gennett, Krell, Minum, Tayser, Royal, Pullman, Remington, Richmond, Coronado, Schmoller & Mueller.  Some coin operated Pianos.

The Starr Piano Co. was organized in 1872 at Richmond, Ind., by men whose names rapidly became known as among the best of American piano builders. The foundation based upon advanced methods and a careful detail of workmanship soon received its award by the constant growth.

At competitive exhibitions held the Starr pianos have invariably obtained the highest awards, and number among the honor's awards at the Cincinnati Industrial Exposition in 1880, the Chicago World's Fair in 1898, the National International Exposition in 1897, the St. Louis Exposition in 1904, the Seattle Exposition in 1909, the Panama California Exposition in 1915, and many others. Starr-made grand pianos are built in three sizes.

The smallest size is but five feet two inches long and bears the company's copyrighted trademark "Minimum," which indicates the exclusive features of this instrument. The other sizes of parlor and concert grand are well adapted for the field in which that class of instrument is used. Several models of upright pianos and player-pianos are made. In each of them the style and dimensions are varied to meet the particular requirement toward which the design of the instrument has been directed. The fundamental element of proper musical manufacture, the pure, even quality scale, is universally used, and the feeling which the resultant tone quality has obtained warrants the highest commendation. An extended number of models of player-pianos are likewise made. Many of the Starr models bear the exclusive feature of Starr light a luminous music well, making more attractive evening' playing.

Serial numbers are on January 1 of year shown.

1895 - 8000   1911 - 92000   1923 - 163200   1935 - 226000
1900 - 23000   1912 - 99000   1924 - 177000   1936 - 233000
1901 - 30000   1913 - 106000   1925 - 189000   1937 - 235000
1902 - 37000   1914 - 113000   1926 - 213000   1938 - 239000
1903 - 44000   1915 - 120000   1927 - 000400   1939 - 243000
1904 - 51000   1916 - 127000   1928 - 000800   1940 - 246000
1905 - 58000   1917 - 134000   1929 - 001400   1941 - 247000
1906 - 62000   1918 - 140000   1930 - 001800   1942 - 248000
1907 - 65900   1919 - 148000   1931 - 208000   1946 - 250000
1908 - 67900   1920 - 149000   1932 - 213000   1947 - 252000
1909 - 75000   1921 - 153000   1933 - 218000   1948 - 260000
1910 - 85220   1922 - 156600   1934 - 223000   1949 - 270000

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SOLO-CONCERTO

The leading player piano of the H. C. Bay Co. line, to whom refer. One style is manufactured equipped with the reliable H. C. Bay player action, made in its entirety in the H. C. Bay factory at Bluffton, Ind. Beautifully finished, and of fine musical tone, a player for the most exclusive trade. The H. C. Bay player action is proclaimed as one which "will be acclaimed by every tuner, and player regulator looking after the instruments. H. C. Bay player pianos have won a prominent place in the world of music and their production increases rapidly as the desirability of these instruments becomes known.

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STEINWAY & SONS

Almost from the first arrival in New York of the Steinway family, in 1850, the name has been famous in the history of the American piano. The single aim of the founder was to produce an ideal instrument, and with what grand and satisfactory results, the career of the house which he founded attests. The Steinway piano is distinctly and indisputably artistic in its sphere. Its development is a fascinating story and lends honor and credit to its makers as well as to the art of piano-making. "Steinway" pianos are made in all styles and for all climes and all lands; uprights, grands and concert grands. There is no need to season a piano for destination.

The first Steinway piano was made by Henry Engelhard Steinway, with his own hands. Its construction occupied a whole year. When Theodore Steinway, for whom this famous piano was built, was fourteen years old, the business of manufacture was so well perfected that the Steinway piano took the premium at the Brunswick Fair.

The Steinway over strung pianos were next exhibited at the American Institute, held in the New York Crystal Palace, in 1855, and took all prizes. The London Exposition followed in 1862, and the Paris Exposition in 1867, at which the Steinway pianos received the first prize medal and the grand gold medal, respectively. The piano received at least thirty-five premiums at the principal fairs in the United States between the years 1855 and 1862, since which time the house has been an exhibitor at international expositions only. The "Steinway" has been used by the most eminent artists of both hemispheres and is as well known in art circles of the Old World as it is in the New.

There has been no change in the Steinway goal. Perfection is still the aim and the result, skilled craftsmanship is still the means loyalty and pride have simply been spilled over from family worker to factory worker. Where mass production logically stresses speed, economy, and replaceable parts, the Steinways still stress beauty, quality, and durability.

The Steinway piano is too well known to require any great endorsement here. In every consumer publication, in every era for over one hundred and fifty years, Steinway is the standard of comparison the world over. Any statement contrary to that fact is simply competitors defeat and is not worthy of comment here.

MODEL SPECIFICATIONS AND SERIAL NUMBERS OF STEINWAY PIANOS ON JANUARY 1 OF YEAR SHOWN

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STEINWAY PIANOLA

An artistic instrument consisting of the Steinway piano equipped with a Duo-Art Reproducing action. It was marketed solely by The Aeolian Co., New York.

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STANDARD

Manufactured by the Harrington Department of Hardman, Peck & Co., New York. A moderately priced instrument which fulfills in complete measure the public requirements. Its tone is very musical, and the vital qualities are perpetuated by durability. Special attention has been given to Standard case designs, executed by one of the most famous designers. For general charm and correctness of detail, these instruments are unique in their class. The name "Standard" is a registered trademark belonging to Hardman. Peck & Co.

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STEINERT

The development of the Steinert piano has covered a period of many years under the personal direction of Alexander Steinert, present head of the house. His expert knowledge of practical piano building and the application of scientific principles of construction has been employed in bringing the Steinert piano to its present state of excellence.

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STEGER & SONS

The great industry by which Steger & Sons Grand and upright pianos, player pianos. player grand pianos, reproducing uprights and grand pianos and Steger phonographs are manufactured was established in 1879 and Incorporated in 1892 as the Steger & Sons Piano Mfg. Co. The factories were at Steger, III., where the Dixie highway and Lincoln highway meet, twenty-nine miles from Chicago, on the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad.

The town, which was founded by the late John V. Steger for the purpose of establishing there the great industry, has developed into a place of importance generally speaking, and of vast importance in its relation to piano manufacture. The town occupies a tract of 1,500 acres and the land was purchased by the company for development along the lines which have given to it a conspicuous place. Steger is a community of intelligent, progressive citizens, the larger proportion of whom are workers in the piano factories controlled by Steger & Sons Piano Mfg. Co.

Most of the workers own their own homes, which were built by the company and sold to employ on easy payments at cost of erection. The town is supplied with all of the conveniences of a modern city and the school system is a matter of local pride. Owing to the relations which exist between the piano industry and its employees there never arises any of the unrest which sometimes interferes with the progress of industrial communities. Strikes are never known there and the policy long ago adopted has insured not only the prosperity of individuals by the advancement of the Steger & Sons instruments throughout the entire country. Steger & Sons pianos, possessing beautiful tone and artistic excellence, have attained to a place of distinction in the musical world. From the first it has been the policy to insist upon the most careful workmanship and first cost has not been considered in any of the parts or processes which go to the creation of these instruments.

They are represented and sold by a very large proportion of the prominent and progressive piano merchants of the United States. They are found in many of the leading musical colleges and conservatories, and are bought by discriminating lovers of music. A feature of the Steger & Sons' pianos is the artistic case designs, and to this end a special art department is maintained in which are employed noted experts in the creation of original effects.

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STECK, GEORGE

Steck pianos have for a great many years sustained a high place in the musical world. They are recognized as among the few old standard makes the fame of which survives. Some of the most distinguished artists have endorsed the Steck piano and in doing so have taken personal interest in testifying to the value of the many improvements and inventions contained in these instruments. The Steck Pianola is a combination of the Steck piano and the Pianola player action.

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STERLING

Sterling pianos and player-pianos have long been favorites among the characteristically American instruments. They are of fine tone quality and their standing in the world of music is all the commendation that could be he desired by the most critical piano lover. In fact, "Sterling" is a name high in the annals of the American piano. It is the name of the founder of the industry, which was incorporated in 1866. The Sterling Instruments stand as representative of the high attainments of American craftsmanship and in every particular they are recognized as leaders among people of discriminating tastes.

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SPECTOR & SON

Pianos and player-pianos of good character and durability are manufactured by the Spector & Son Piano Co.

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SPENCER

Pianos and player-pianos of attractive designs and fine tone are manufactured by the Spencer Piano Co., Inc. Spencer pianos and players have attained a good place in the musical world and the industry is growing rapidly.

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SPIES

Manufactured by Kohler & Campbell, Inc., Fiftieth St. and Eleventh Ave., New York City, A popular priced piano of a dependable value instrument that sells easily and gives satisfaction.

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STANDARD

The name of a notable player piano action manufactured by the Standard Pneumatic Action Company, of New York City, the largest industry of its kind in the world. The trademark letter "S" is found on all products from this company, on patent plate in a spool box. The Standard Pneumatic Action embodies many exclusive patented features of great value. This company is an organization of player specialists whose success has been unparalleled. Manufacturers of more than 375,000 player actions in 15 years.

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ST. REGIS

This is a popular priced, durable piano one of the products of the great house of Baldwin.

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STIEFF, CHAS. M.

Pianos and player-pianos of excellent reputation, manufactured by Chas. M. Stieff, Inc., Baltimore, Md. The Chas. M. Stieff piano is among the old and conservatively made instruments. These pianos are durable, well made and sustain the character of their makers as a responsible business house.

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STORY & CLARK

Grands, uprights and player-pianos bearing this name are products of the old and responsible firm of the Story & Clark Piano Co., of Chicago, Ill., and Grand Haven, Mich., the extensive factory being in the latter city.

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STEHLE

William Stehle, 1006 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, Md., makes a meritorious instrument and one to be commended for tone quality and durability. The name of an expert piano maker who, after long association with a famous old Chicago industry, has been manufacturing fine pianos and player-pianos which bear his name A small industry of high ambitions. Established in 1924.

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STODART

Manufactured by the Stodart Piano Co, at Southern Blvd. and Trinity Ave, New York Trademark registered in 1892. The first Stodart piano was built in 1832. This company is controlled by Jacob Doll & Sons, Incorporated, The "Stodart" is an instrument of established reputation and merit and has a wide reputation throughout the trade. Jacob Doll & Sons

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STRAUBE

Manufactured by the Straube Piano Company in its modern, complete factory at Hammond, Ind., 19 miles from Chicago. The Artronome Player Action which is installed only in Straube made pianos, was invented, developed and is now manufactured exclusively by the Straube Company in its own factory. The feature of this player action, which has attracted extraordinary attention, is its dependability the fact that it has reduced service calls to an absolute minimum. This dependability is the result of the many distinctive and exclusive features, both in design and construction, of the player action. Chief of these is the patented Pendulum Valve, by which troubles due to friction and corrosion in the valve mechanism are avoided. Straube Grands and Reproducing Grands are also made complete in the Straube factories.

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STRATFORD

Excellent pianos made under the direction of the Foster-Armstrong Co. division in their great factories at East Rochester, N. Y. The models of this instrument are appealing and are designed in conformance with the most desirable furniture of today. Various kinds of veneers are used and happily matched in a pattern and blended with a fine sense of color taste so as to be particularly pleasing to the eye. The scales of the Stratford piano are drafted with great smoothness, so that there is an entire avoidance of breaks, thus producing from the lowest bass to the highest treble note a perfectly uniform tone.

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STRICH & ZEIDLER

Strich & Zeidler pianos and player-pianos make their appeal to the limited circle of music lovers who are not influenced by great names and are willing to pay good prices for fine instruments. They are represented by many of the foremost piano houses throughout the country. Mr. William Strich, who founded the Strich & Zeidler piano many years ago, is an expert piano maker of distinction and his name is an ample guaranty of the quality of Strich & Zeidler instruments.

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STROHBER

The Strohber piano from the beginning has been an instrument of marked individuality and durable quality. It is one of the "Pianos of Character" manufactured by the Smith, Barnes & Strohber Division of the Continental Piano Co. at Milwaukee factory. The "Strohber Diminutive" was introduced in 1921 and met with instantaneous success, due to its wonderful quality. It is a practical piano of modest proportion and design, with a tone remarkable for volume and quality. It is eminently adapted for the small apartment or bungalow, as well as the schoolroom. The diminutive player marks a distinct advance in player construction.

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STROUD

One of the several pianos manufactured by the Aeolian Company, of New York. Stroud pianos are in every way reliable and they are instruments of unquestioned merit. The tone is fascinating and the construction durable and dependable.

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STUDIO

Designation applied to a style of the famous Autopiano

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STUDIO GRAND

A famous small grand piano only 5 feet long are known by this name. It is the instrument made by the Christman Piano Co., New York, which has won fame by reason of the distinctive character, flawless tone quality and beauty of design and construction.

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STULTZ & BAUER

Pianos, player-pianos and reproducing pianos of distinction by one of New York's responsible and most reputable industries. They are handsome instruments, of fine tone quality, and belong among the high-grade pianos in every particular. The Stultz & Bauer pianos, player-pianos and reproducing pianos are fine instruments which enjoy deserved distinction. These admirable instruments are made in grands, uprights and player-pianos and the name of Stultz & Bauer is in itself a guarantee of merit and security. The industry of Stultz & Baner is owned and controlled solely by members of the Bauer family, under whose personal supervision every instrument is built.

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STULTZ & CO.

Good pianos manufactured by Stultz & Co., which industry is controlled by the Bjur Bros. Co., with factory at 705 Whitlock Ave., New York. Also make player-pianos bearing same name and of popular character.

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STURZ BROS

Sturz Bros. pianos and piano-players are distinctly high-grade instruments. In tone, finish and construction they have the right to an enviable position.

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STUYVESANT

One of the reliable popular pianos made by the great industry of the Aeolian-Weber Piano & Pianola Co.

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SWEETLAND

The name of a very reliable and favorably known piano manufactured by Cable-Nelson Piano Co. of Chicago; factory South Haven, Mich. The Sweeland piano is an attractive instrument of superior musical quality. See Cable-Nelson Piano Co.

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SYMPHOTONE

Player-pianos of fine qualities made by Autopiano Co., New York.

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