The John E. McNeil Piano Company was a small firm in Boston, established around 1850. In about 1860, he moved his firm to Albany, NY. McNeil built mostly square grand pianos, and his pianos were said to be extravagant, expensive pianos for their day. McNeil never built a large number of pianos, and they are extremely rare today. There is no mention of McNeil after the Civil War era, indicating that the firm went out of business in the 1860's era.