Collection: Schomacker Pianos

The Schomacker Piano Company was founded by Johann Heinrich (John Henry) Schomacker in 1838 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Initially, the company began as a partnership with William Bosert, known as Bosert & Schomacker. In 1842, the partnership dissolved, and Schomacker continued the business under his name. John Henry Schomacker, who emigrated from Vienna, brought European craftsmanship to his piano manufacturing process, which contributed significantly to the company's reputation for producing high-quality pianos.

By 1855, the growing success of the company led to the establishment of a larger factory at the corner of Catherine and Eleventh Streets in Philadelphia. The company gained further acclaim when Schomacker pianos won awards at notable exhibitions, including the 1853 World's Fair in New York City and the International Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. These accolades highlighted the excellence and innovation embedded in Schomacker pianos.

One of the unique features of Schomacker pianos was the use of gold-plated strings, a technique patented by the company's president, Colonel H.W. Gray, in 1876. This feature earned Schomacker pianos the nickname "Gold String" pianos, distinguishing them from other brands of the time. The pianos were known for their rich, mellow sound and elegant, often intricate, case designs.

In 1899, the Wanamaker Department Store acquired the Schomacker Piano Company, continuing production until the early 1940s. Despite ceasing production, Schomacker pianos remain prized for their historical significance and craftsmanship. Many of these pianos are still found today, often restored to their former glory, and are appreciated by collectors and musicians for their enduring quality and unique sound.

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