The name of Geib was one of the most important and long lived names in New Yorks piano industry. John Geib originally founded his first workshop in Europe, moving to the United States in the last part of the 18th Century. Geibs three sons, Adam Geib, John Jun Geib and William Geib worked with their father in the shop until the fathers death in 1819. The brothers formed the firm of A & W Geib from 1821 1827.
In the late 1820s, William Geib established his own shops at 3rd Avenue and Broadway and at 201 Broadway, New York City. William Geib developed a reputation for building superior instruments, primarily square grand pianos, during this period. In the 1830s, William Geib entered into partnership with his son-in-law, Daniel Walker, to establish the firm of Geib & Walker.