George P. Bent was one of the most well known piano and organ makers of the late 19th Century in America. Established in 1870, George P. Bent built pianos and organs under both his own name and also under the Crown and Concord brand names which were originally sold and distributed by Sears, Roebuck & Company through their mail order catalogs. Crown also built a successful line of player pianos under the “Combinola” brand name.
George P. Bent’s most famous innovations were his “Orchestral Attachment” and “Practice Clavier”, which were special features operated by extra foot pedals.
George P. Bent stopped building pianos in about 1929 when the Great Depression hit, but the Crown brand name was produced up until the late 1940s.
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