Rehbein Brothers was a manufacturing and retail firm that operated during the early 20th Century period. The firm was located at 308 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Rehbein Brothers also listed a “Jersey Branch” located at 21 Broadway, Freehold, NJ. Rehbein Brothers sold a full line of upright pianos, player pianos and small baby grands through the 1920’s period. There is also evidence that the firm was a very small-scale music publisher in addition to manufacturing and selling pianos.
Firms like “Rehbein Brothers” were generally small-scale, family owned firms which would produce instruments in relatively modest numbers compared to most larger manufacturers. Since the average piano would cost several hundred dollars in the early 20th Century, these small family owned firms could do very well for themselves building instruments in modest numbers. Because so few instruments were actually built, historical information about these small manufacturers is often very hard, sometimes even impossible, to find. We do find that instruments built by these small family owned firms were excellent pianos – only the best quality and craftsmanship was good enough to be affixed with the family name.
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Turn-Of-The-Century Advertisement For Rehbein Brothers Piano Company, Brooklyn, NY