Albert W. Ladd was a classic American success story. Born in 1816, Albert Ladd worked his way out of humble beginnings and became one of the industry's most successful 19th Century entrepreneurs. In his youth, Ladd trained in Boston's piano factories, learning all aspects of piano building, design, and manufacturing. In 1848, at the tender age of 33, Ladd established his own firm. His approach was to build the finest instruments possible, and he enjoyed amazing and rapid success. Initially, the firm built a full line of square grand pianos. Right before the Civil War, they began to add grand pianos to their line as the grand piano started to gain popularity in the United States. By about 1890, their square grand piano line had been discontinued, and a full line of upright pianos were being manufactured. Albert W. Ladd continued to build pianos well into the 20th Century, going out of business with the Great Depression era. Instruments built by Albert W. Ladd are exceptionally well made pianos, and they deserve the finest restoration and preservation today.