More Smith & Nixon Upright Piano, Circa 1899
The Smith & Nixon Piano Company was one of Cincinnati’s premier piano manufacturers during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Smith & Nixon owned and controlled a handful of other makers including Ebersole and Goldsmith Piano Companies. Ebersole and Goldsmith were marketed as affordable alternatives to the costlier Smith & Nixon brand instruments. Smith & Nixon brand pianos were sold as the firm’s top-of-the-line, highest grade instruments. Because of their high prices, they were only built in modest numbers and are a bit rare today. The firm was out of business by 1931 due to the Great Depression (courtesy of http://www.antiquepianoshop.com).
I am fortunate to photograph this antique upright piano. Yes, it needs refurbishment but it is one beautiful instrument. I am not sure the last time it was tuned but am sure it has been over 10 years...it sounds good and not too out of tune.