make / manufacturer: Sohmer & Co. model name / number: 46659 #14
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Refurbished 1918 Sohmer & Co. Upright. This is a classic and collector's item- moving must part ways fast!!
Outstanding piano for any home and level player.
Hugo Sohmer arrived in New York City from Germany in 1863 and began learning the art of piano
building by apprenticing in New York and traveling throughout Europe. In 1872 Sohmer partnered with Joseph Kuder (a Viennese piano maker now working in New York), establishing Sohmer & Co. after they bought the Marshall & Mittauer piano factory. They began manufacturing and selling pianos at the Marshall & Mittauer address on East 14th St., but soon expanded several times over the next few decades with larger factories and warerooms in New York and Long Island. Sohmer became known as one the finest American piano builders in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and one of the largest at the time, manufacturing square, upright, grand and player pianos of the highest quality and craftsmanship. After Hugo passed away in 1913 (as did Joseph Kuder), his son, Harry J. Sohmer controlled the company until his death in 1971, at which time Harry J.'s sons, Harry J. Sohmer Jr. and Robert H. Sohmer, carried on running the firm. They then sold the company to Pratt, Read & Co. in 1982, as there were no family members willing to continue the business. From 1982 to about the early 1990s, the company was bought and sold several more times, with production moving to Connecticutand finally Pennsylvania, with ownership in the hands of Mason & Hamlin.
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