The Allison Piano Company and Other Brands
Did you know that central areas like Mayfair, Soho, or the City of London once housed several well-known piano makers? The Allison Piano Company was one of England’s older and more renowned piano manufacturers that produced a full line of square grand, upright, and grand pianos.
In 1837, the firm established its presence with factories situated at 50 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London. Producing top-notch pianos, the company thrived remarkably for more than a century. In the historic financial district, also known as the City of London, back in 1767, James Longman set up as a music seller on Cheapside.
Longman, like most music sellers in London, also engaged in instrument trading. However, his company ultimately gained international fame and is now predominantly remembered for manufacturing pianos. The brand underwent several name changes, evolving from Longman to the renowned Longman & Broderip. Were you aware that Camden Town was once recognised as the Center of Piano Manufacturing? Now you are.
Sebastien Erard, one of the most celebrated piano manufacturers in history, initiated his piano-building career in France. However, when the French Revolution devastated his business, he relocated to London and promptly established a new piano factory on Great Marlborough Street. Erard’s pianos gained immense renown, attracting ownership from iconic figures of the era, including Queen Victoria, Franz Liszt, and Felix Mendelssohn.
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