The firm of Frederick Star (not to be confused with the Starr Piano Company of Richmond, Indiana) built a limited number of pianos in the decades prior to the Civil War. Frederick Star established his firm in 1849 in Rochester, NY, and moved his firm to Albany NY in 1850. His firm was a small, family owned firm, and they built square grand pianos of excellent quality. There is no mention of Frederick Starr after about 1862, indicating that the firm was out of business prior to the Civil War. Instruments by Frederick Starr are exceedingly rare, and are of museum caliber today.