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“Caldwell” was one of the lesser-known brand names produced by Sears, Roebuck & Company. For decades, Sears Roebuck & Company built and sold pianos & organs under the names of American Home, Sears Roebuck & Co., Beckwith, and Caldwell.
Since Sears sold their pianos from mail order catalogs, they sent their pianos to the most rural parts of the country, usually by wagon and train. They would go to both extreme hot and cold climates, dry and moist climates, and the manufacturer had to guarantee them to hold up. Sears guaranteed their pianos for 25 years so they had to be extremely well made and durable! Many people think since a piano was made and sold by Sears that it must be an average quality piano. These pianos were, in fact, exceedingly well made with substantial tone quality and excellent workmanship.

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Cadwell Piano Company Advertisement
Turn-of-the-century advertisement featuring both the Caldwell Piano Company and the Boardman & Gray Piano Company