- Niall O’Loughlin
English firm of instrument makers, dealers, and publishers. It was founded by Valentine Metzler (b Bingen am Rhein; d London, 1833), who established the business in London in 1788. He sold flutes, probably of his own manufacture, and repaired brass instruments. His son George Richard Metzler (b London, 1797; d 1867) joined in partnership in 1816; the firm became known as Metzler & Son and started to publish music. On the death of Valentine it was renamed G. Metzler & Co., and operated from various premises in central London. G.R. Metzler retired in 1866 and was succeeded by his son George Thomas Metzler (b London, 1835; d 1879). The latter formed a partnership in 1867 with Frank Chappell (d 1886), who established a connection with the American firm of Mason & Hamlin in Boston. The firm became a limited company in 1893...