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Schaaf, Adam
The Adam Schaaf Piano Company was established in Chicago in 1873, making them one of the pioneering firms of the midwestern United States.  Adam Schaaf was known for building higher grade, good quality pianos and the firm enjoyed a stellar reputation.  By the turn-of-the-century the company was controlled by sons Harry Schaaf and Fred Schaaf. The firm was so successful that in the 1920’s a new state-of-the-art factory was built at Fillmore Street, Chicago.  The firm built an impressive line of upright pianos, player pianos and grand pianos.
In addition to pianos under the “Adam Schaaf” brand name, the firm produced pianos under the “Clarion” and “Orpheus” brand names, each offered as an affordable alternative to the costlier Adam Schaaf brand while still offering good quality.  Sadly, Adam Schaaf’s huge success did not carry them through the Great Depression, and the firm was closed sometime in the early 1930s.

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Adam Schaaf Catalog 1906
Illustrated sales catalog featuring a line of upright and grand pianos by Adam Schaaf Piano Company, circa 1906

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