The “Empire Piano” was manufactured and sold by the William A. Pond Piano Company of New York City. Established in 1871, Wm. A. Pond manufactured pianos, organs, and various musical instruments such as woodwind, guitars, and band instruments. In addition, he was a publisher of sheet music and was apparently very successful. Wm. A. Pond manufactured and sold pianos under the names “William A. Pond” and “Empire Piano“. It is also suggested in our archives that William A. Pond controlled the “United Piano Makers” firm of New York during the last quarter of the 19th Century. The William A. Pond Company enjoyed a stellar reputation among pianists, singers, and musicians of the day, and his instruments were known for being of substantial quality and fair value.
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