Sheldon X. Ball began his business in about 1871 as a maker of square grand, upright, and grand pianos. His first factory was located at 177 East 29th Street, New York City, but subsequently moved to 14th Street by 1873. In addition to pianos, his firm produced a line of organs and melodeons of very good quality. Instruments by the firm enjoyed a very good reputation and were said to be made of superb craftsmanship and quality. There is no mention of Sheldon Ball after about 1890, indicating that his firm was out of business before the turn-of-the-century.