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    Chase, A.B.

    The A. B. Chase Piano Company was established by Allen B. Chase in 1875.   The original factory was located at 16 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio.  The firm was quite successful and expanded operations to New York City in the early 20th Century. 

     

    A. B. Chase built both pianos and organs in the last quarter of the 19th Century, discontinuing their organs by about 1900.  A. B. Chase offered a large selection upright pianos, grand pianos and player pianos and their instruments were known to be of superior quality.  A. B. Chase truly built some incredible pianos, and their instruments are considered very desirable by musicians and piano technicians alike. 

     

    The firm was absorbed into the United Piano Corporation in the 1920s, then went through several changes in ownership.  In later years, A.B. Chase was absorbed into the large Aeolian Corporation, and Aeolian continued to build instruments under the A. B Chase name until going out of business in 1985.  The A. B. Chase brand has again been acquired by a contemporary company in Illinois with plans to begin manufacturing this illustrious old name again.

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