The Schaeffer Piano Manufacturing Company (not to be confused with the newer Schaeffer & Sons brand that was popular in the 1980s – 1990s period) was established in New York by William Schaeffer in 1873. The firm was immediately successful and moved from New York to larger factories in Chicago in 1888. Late 19th Century records show The Schaeffer Piano Manufacturing Company at 213 Wabash Avenue, Chicago.
Schaeffer’s high-volume production facility allowed the company to build a large number of good quality pianos during the ‘teens and ‘twenties era. During the early 20th Century, Schaeffer sold a number of pianos under the “Stodard Piano Company” label. Schaeffer built pianos for a number of well-known American manufactures under “private labeling”. By the 1920’s, Schaeffer was purchased by the W. F. Frederick’s Music House then later by the large Price & Teeple Piano Company.
The Schaeffer brand name appears to have been discontinued about 1931 due to the Great Depression. We have had a number of Schaeffer pianos come through our restoration shop over the years. We find them to be very solid, well made instruments overall.
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