The Smith & Nixon Piano Company was one of Cincinnati's premier piano manufacturers during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Smith & Nixon owned and controlled a handful of other makers including Ebersole and Goldsmith Piano Companies. Ebersole and Goldsmith were marketed as affordable alternatives to the costlier Smith & Nixon brand instruments. Smith & Nixon brand pianos were sold as the firm's top-of-the-line, highest grade instruments. Because of their high prices, they were only built in modest numbers and are a bit rare today. The firm was out of business by 1931 due to the Great Depression. We have seen a handful of Smith & Nixon instruments come through our shop, and they are consistently of superior quality.