One of the most innovative and advanced piano makers of the 19th Century was the Kranich & Bach Piano Company of New York. Kranich & Bach was established in 1864, and they were known for building extremely well made, expensive pianos. They were known for their lavish use of exotic woods and extravagant cabinet styles, as well as their superior tone and construction. By 1891, Kranich & Bach claimed to have built and sold as many as 25,000 pianos nationwide. Kranich & Bach was awarded many patents throughout the 19th & 20th Centuries, many of which are considered well ahead of their time today. In the early 20th Century Kranich & Bach produced a line of very small baby grand pianos called the 'Grandette'. These pianos were designed to get the most tone and volume possible from a very small instrument. The Grandette was quite popular and sold very well. Like so many other American piano companies, Kranich & Bach was taken over by the huge Aeolian-American Corporation, and they continued to build Kranich & Bach pianos until the 1980s. Antique Kranich & Bach pianos are a bit unique in their design, but overall are some of the finest pianos we see come through our restoration shop.
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