The Marshall & Wendell Piano Company built exceptionally well-made instruments. Here is some text from a website about The Marshall & Wendell Piano Company. MARSHALL & WENDELL PIANO COMPANY HISTORY. The Marshall & Wendell Piano Company was originally established as Marshall & Traver in Albany, NY in 1836. Marshall & Traver was a retailer of pianos, organs and related musical instruments. Marshall & Traver began building instruments under their own name in 1853. Their factory was located on James Street, Albany. James was admitted into partnership and the firm was reorganized as Marshall, James, and Traver. In 1868 James & Traver withdrew from the firm and Mr. Wendell was admitted into partnership. The firm was once again reorganized as Marshall & Wendell. In 1882, the firm was officially incorporated as The Marshall & Wendell Piano Company. During the late 19th Century, Marshall & Wendell built several lines of square, grand, and upright pianos, all of superior quality. The firm also manufactured upright pianos under the names of Little Gem and Boudoir Gem and square grand pianos under the name of Parlor Gem. In 1900 the firm moved headquarters from Albany to Rochester, New York and continued rapid growth and success. After the turn-of-the-century, Marshall & Wendell instruments continued to be considered to be made of superior quality and fine craftsmanship. Their small grand pianos were particularly popular because of their exceptional design and tone quality. Marshall & Wendell specialized in building elaborate art-case pianos in historic and period design styles. Many of these pianos were equipped with the AMPICO reproducing player mechanism, allowing the piano to play by itself with expression with human interpretation. Marshall & Wendell retained their own art department of skilled painters and carvers who specialized in building custom-designed instruments on special order. In the early 20th Century, it was not uncommon for a wealthy client to visit the Marshall & Wendell, choose the instrument they preferred among all others, then have the factory commission their art department build a custom cabinet around the instrument they chose. Once a piano was chosen for its tone quality, a small fortune was then spent to have the cabinet custom made to suit the clients décor! Many of these custom-built Marshall & Wendell pianos were incredibly expensive to produce and were remarkable works of art. Like most major American piano manufactures, Marshall & Wendell was absorbed into the Aeolian-American Corporation due to the Great Depression. Aeolian continued to produce the Marshall & Wendell brand name until the 1950s. The Serial Number is 14191 which puts it as produced in 1891. If restored, this piano would have substantial value. O00 once fully restored. My grandmother bought this piano for her daughters back in the 1940s. I’d like to see it go to someone who will restore the piano. It will need some work, but one like it is featured in a Kari Jobe video online. Quarter sawn oak and is of the carved Victorian style which makes it collectible for folk with older homes from the period. The item “Marshall and Wendell Upright Piano (1891)” is in sale since Monday, January 14, 2019. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Pianos, Keyboards & Organs\Pianos\Upright Pianos”. The seller is “jpr-radio” and is located in Augusta, Georgia. This item can’t be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.
- Brand: Marshall and Wendell
- Model: Upright