Collection: Krakauer Brothers Pianos

Founded in 1869 by Simon Krakauer, his son David, and his brother Julius in New York City, Krakauer Brothers quickly established a reputation for producing high-quality pianos. Known for their meticulous craftsmanship, Krakauer pianos were designed with a focus on exceptional tone and durability. The company incorporated several innovative features, including a full cast iron plate that enhanced structural stability and tonal quality.

Krakauer Brothers pianos stood out for their robust construction and rich, resonant sound, achieved through the use of fine spruce soundboards and durable stringing. The company also patented the closed back case for upright pianos, allowing them to be displayed prominently in any setting. Their elegant cabinetry, often featuring intricate woodwork and high-quality finishes, added to their visual appeal.

Despite the challenges of the Great Depression, Krakauer Brothers managed to remain independent and continued producing pianos until the late 20th century. In 1977, the company was sold to Howard K. Graves, who relocated operations to Ohio. Krakauer eventually became a division of Kimball Piano Company in 1980, but production ceased in 1985 when Kimball closed the Berlin factory. Vintage Krakauer pianos remain highly sought after today for their historical significance, exceptional craftsmanship, and distinctive sound​.

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