Collection: Thompson Pianos

Thompson Pianos, established in Chicago in 1870, began by producing high-quality square pianos, upright pianos, and reed organs. The original factory was located at 1136 West 14th Street. As the company grew, it became known for its craftsmanship and reliable instruments. By the early 20th century, Thompson was absorbed into the larger Steger & Sons Piano Manufacturing Company, based in Steger, Illinois​.

Under Steger & Sons, the Thompson brand was marketed as a more affordable alternative while maintaining good quality. This approach allowed the brand to cater to a wider audience without compromising on the craftsmanship that Thompson was known for. The company also produced pianos under other brand names like "Cassell" and "Artemis." Thompson pianos were praised for their durable build and pleasant tonal quality, making them popular in both homes and educational institutions​.

One of the standout features of Thompson pianos was their robust construction and elegant cabinetry. The use of quality materials and precise manufacturing techniques ensured that these pianos offered a rich, resonant sound and long-lasting performance. The brand continued to produce pianos until about 1959, when changes in the industry and market dynamics led to the cessation of production under the Thompson name.

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