Collection: Schubert Pianos

Schubert Piano Company was established in New York City in 1880 by Peter Duffy. The company quickly gained a reputation for producing high-quality pianos, becoming well-known for their upright, grand, and player pianos. In 1885, the company was incorporated with Duffy as president, and their central location on Fifth Avenue in New York City positioned them as a prominent player in the piano industry during that era.

One of the unique features of Schubert pianos was the introduction of the "Mandolin Piano." This innovative model was an upright piano equipped with a mechanism that, when the middle pedal was pressed, dropped metal tabs between the hammers and strings, creating a sound similar to that of a mandolin, zither, banjo, or guitar. This distinct sound became widely popular and was known as the "rinky tink" or "honky tonk" piano sound, commonly heard in saloons and bars​.

In addition to their unique Mandolin Pianos, Schubert pianos were known for their elaborate and detailed craftsmanship. Many of their pianos featured intricate carvings and high-quality materials, making them quite expensive even in their day. The company's emphasis on marketing and innovation helped them stand out, leading to a strong presence in the piano market until the Great Depression.

The Schubert Piano Company was acquired by the Lester Piano Company in 1932, which continued to produce pianos under the Schubert name until 1937. Despite the relatively short lifespan of the brand, Schubert pianos remain valued today for their historical significance and the distinctive features that set them apart from other pianos of the time​.

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