The Kramer Company was a large music retailer which offered pianos, organs and general musical merchandise in their stores. Kramer was originally based in Philadelphia, but quickly expanded with several locations in New York. Pianos with the “Kramer” brand label were built by Kelso & Company of New York and by Gilbert & Company of Boston under special contract. Both Kelso and Gilbert were known to build high-quality, durable instruments and pianos bearing the “Kramer” brand name are generally very well-made, good sounding instruments.
Kramer offered a full line of upright pianos, player pianos and baby grand pianos. The firm also produced of small and miniature pianos under the “Kewpie” label. The firm appears to have gone out of business with the onset of The Great Depression.
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