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“Ludwig & Company” was established by partners John H. Ludwig and Charles A. Ericsson in New York in 1889.   Ludwig & Co. began by building a line of very high-grade, elaborate upright pianos.  After the turn-of-the-century the firm added baby grand pianos and player pianos to their product line.

During the early 20th Century, Ludwig & Co. built pianos under the brand names of “Perry” and “Nevin”, offering an affordable alternative to the costlier “Ludwig & Co.” brand name while offering similar quality and craftsmanship.  Ludwig & Co. also built player pianos under the “Claviola” and “Perryola” brand names.

In 1933 Ludwig & Co. was sold to the Ricca & Sons Piano Company of New York.  Ricca & Sons continued building the Ludwig name until World War II.  We have restored several antique Ludwig pianos in our shop over the years, and they are consistently of excellent quality and craftsmanship.


Can you find your instrument listed in these antique catalogs?

Ludwig Catalog 1900
Turn-of-the-century Ludwig Piano Catalog featuring their line of upright pianos and the “Claviola” player line.
Ludwig Sales Flyer
Ludwig piano models at the Pan American Exhibition, 1901

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