“Cecilian” was a line of high quality pianos and player pianos built and sold by The Farrand Piano Company of Detroit, Michigan. The Farrand Piano & Organ Company was originally founded in 1883 as The Detroit Organ Company in Detroit, Michigan. In 1887 the firm was purchased by C. J. Whitney and E. S. Votey and the name of the firm was changed to “Farrand & Votey”.
In 1897 the name of the firm was changed to “Farrand Piano Company”, and their concentration went from building primarily organs to building pianos and player pianos. Shortly after the turn-of-the-century, the prominent Bush & Lane Piano Company took control of Cecilian as well as Farrand and instruments built under the “Cadillac Piano” label. Instruments by the firm were known to be of very good quality, and were generally of a higher grade overall.
INSTRUMENT CATALOGS & EPHEMERA
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Turn-Of-The-Century Advertisement Featuring The Aeolian Player Reed Organ
Early 20th Century Advertisements from the Farrand-Cecilian Piano Company