Charles F. Netzow established his Netzow Piano Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1885. Netzow was considered the pioneer of piano manufacturing in Milwaukee, and his pianos enjoyed a very good reputation for high quality in workmanship and tone. The Netzow factory also manufactured some pianos for Waltham, Hazelwood, Wilson and Warfield Piano Companies. During the early 20th Century, Netzow produced a full line of uprights, player pianos, and coin-operated nickelodeons for public use. Netzow produced pianos until they were liquidated in 1931 due to the Great Depression.