Everett Piano Company

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The Everett Piano Company was an American piano manufacturer who during the early twentieth century produced some of the most prolific high grade pianos used by professional artists.

Brief history and description

Founded by the John Church Company in 1883, Boston, Massachusetts, Everett produced some of the finest pianos of the early twentieth century and their grand pianos enjoyed enthusiastic acclaim from many of the leading artists in the world. John Philip Sousa, Alfred Reisenauer, Walter Damrosch and the eminent French composer Cecile Chaminade were among the many great artists who played Everett grand pianos both on the concert stage and in their private life.

In June 1926, the Everett Piano Company moved from Boston to South Haven, Michigan, when it merged with Cable-Nelson Piano.

Despite many composers using Everett grand pianos, in 1946 Everett ceased making grand pianos and concentrated entirely on producing small pianos. This was to accommodate the growing vogue of small pianos in the home and also due to the shrinking market for grand pianos.

William H. Clingman, one of America’s leading furniture designers, was employed by Everett to design authentic period designs and the finest modern and contemporary styles. Everett small pianos were built in a range of light, medium and dark hardwood.

In 1973, the Everett Piano Company was purchased by Yamaha and manufacturing was discontinued following an agreement with the Baldwin Piano and Organ Company. After over a hundred years of producing pianos, the company finally dissolved in 1989.

Collectors Guide

Despite having one of the most recognisable names in the American piano industry during the last one-hundred years, early turn of the century Everett instruments are not common on the open market.

Everett grand pianos that were made before 1946 are the most sought after instruments by collectors of this brand. Following the take-over by Baldwin Piano and Organ Company, the quality of Everett pianos diminished yet production numbers increased.

Everett upright pianos were once the standard practise piano across American universities. As a result, Everett pianos made after the 1950s are common place and are not particularly valuable in auction circles.

The online piano dealership, Antique Piano Shop, is perhaps the best company to purchase restored antique Everett pianos.

Collectors and owners who wish to verify the age of their Everett pianos should locate the serial number, which is stamped on the gold coloured plate on the inside of the piano. The serial number can be found by opening the top lid of the piano. Serial numbers and their related dates are listed on the Yamaha website.

Notable Sales

A fully restored Everett Sheraton baby grand piano, made in 1902, was sold by Antique Piano Shop for $18,000. Built in carved red mahogany, this style of Everett piano is unusual as it was one of the first baby grand pianos built in the United States.

In addition, a fully restored 1897 Everett Eastlake Victorian upright piano sold for $9,500 by Antique Piano Shop. Made out of elegant burl cherry wood, the piano came equipped with its original stool.

 

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