- Cynthia Adams Hoover
American piano manufacturer. It was formed as the result of two mergers, the first of which, on 1 Sept 1932, between the Aeolian Co. and the American Piano Corporation (formerly the American Piano Co.), created the Aeolian American Corporation. In May 1959 the assets of the corporation were purchased by Winter & Co. The parent company changed its name to the Aeolian Corporation on 12 June 1964; it retained the name Aeolian American Corporation for the East Rochester division until April 1971 when it was changed to the Aeolian American Division of the Aeolian Corporation.
The corporation acquired the assets (including trademarks, plans, and factories) of many formerly independent American piano companies. Its instruments were made in three cities under the following trade names: Mason & Risch (Toronto); Mason & Hamlin; Chickering; Wm. Knabe & Co. (East Rochester, New York); Cable; Winter; Hardman, Peck; Kranich & Bach; J. & C. Fischer; George Steck; Vose & Sons; Henry F. Miller; Ivers & Pond; Melodigrand; Duo-Art; Musette; and Pianola Player Piano (Memphis, Tennessee). In ...