Arion Piano-Forte Company
Arion pianos were originally produced by George Charles Manner under his firm of Manner & Company, established 1866 in New York. George C. Manner was awarded a patent for the “Arion Piano-Forte”, an instruent built with a unique design to improve tonal quality. In about 1869, the name of the firm was changed to “The Arion Piano-Forte Company”. In about 1870, the firm was purchased by John B. Simpson of Simpson & Company.
The Arion Piano-Forte Company built pianos under both the Arion name and the brand name “Model Piano“, as well as pianos under the name of J. B. Simpson. During the middle and late 19th Century, Arion built a full line of square grand pianos that were very elaborate and well made. They often boasted lavish inlay of precious metals and fine mother-of-pearl.
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