Kohler & Chase
The Kohler & Chase Piano Company (not to be confused with Kohler & Campbell) was established in San Francisco in about 1850 by Quincy A. Chase and Andrew Kohler. Kohler & Chase began primarily as a retailer of pianos and musical merchandise, but eventually begin manufacturing pianos under their own name. Pianos manufactured by Kohler & Chase in San Francisco were distributed primarily along the West Coast.
In the early 20th Century Kohler & Chase entered into an agreement with the firm of E. Gabler & Brother to manufacture pianos to be sold with the Kohler & Chase brand label. These pianos were manufactured in New York in order to increase distribution and brand name recognition on the East Coast. Pianos were sold under both the “Kohler & Chase” and “Andrew Kohler” brand names.
Kohler & Chase is one of the few American piano manufacturers to survive the Great Depression without being absorbed into a larger conglomerate, and the firm went out of business in about 1958.
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