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The Larkin Company was a large-scale household soap and detergent manufacturer in the early 20th Century.  Located in Buffalo, New York, The Larkin Company began to diversify their product line by offering pianos, organs, phonographs, and other domestic household items.  The Larkin Company sold a line of pianos and player pianos called the “Symphonic” and phonographs called “Symphonola” during the 1920’s era.  It is unclear if Larkin actually manufactured their pianos, and there is some speculation that they were simply a retailer that contracted larger manufacturers to manufacture pianos for them under the “Larkin” and “Symphonic” names.

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Early 20th Century Larkin Piano & Phonograph advertisement