In 1853, Paul G. Mehlin emigrated from Germany to New York where he established the Paul G. Mehlin Piano Company. In 1889, Mehlin took his sons into partnership and established the firm changed to Paul G. Mehlin & Sons. Mehlin pianos were built as high grade, expensive pianos and were sold along side some of the most prominent piano makers in history. The Mehlin Company may have been most well known for their ‘Inverted Grand’ piano line. The Inverted Grand was based on the principal of placing a grand piano in a vertical position in an upright piano cabinet – ultimately a grand piano in and upright case. The Inverted Grand was an incredible sounding instrument and it sold very well in the early 20th Century.
We have seen several Mehlin pianos come through our restoration shop, and they are consistently superior in quality and tone. Mehlin was one of the few American piano manufacturers to survive the Great Depression, and they continued to build quality pianos until about 1960.
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