“Ebersole” pianos were named for Joseph G. Ebersole, a partner in The Smith & Nixon Piano Company. Smith & Nixon is first listed as a large-scale piano and organ retailer in Cincinnati as early as 1843. In 1852, Smith & Nixon built a substantial auditorium as part of it’s store on Fourth between Main and Walnut Streets. By 1883 the firm was selling several popular piano lines including Chickering & Sons and others, with additional warerooms in Lexington, Louisville and Indianapolis.
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