- Benjamin Vogel
(b Bydgoszcz, Poland, 1813; d Warsaw, Poland, Nov 8, 1883). Polish piano maker. He was trained in Warsaw by Fryderyk Buchholtz and Jerzy Männling and founded his own workshop in 1840. He bought the equipment and stock of Buchholtz’s successors in 1846 and soon gained recognition as a leading manufacturer in central Poland, rising to become vice-elder of the piano makers’ guild (1880–83). He made the first Polish upright piano without imported parts in 1862 and his first ‘American system’ grand in 1872; he then stopped using the Viennese action. He was joined in 1878 by his oldest son, Edward Konstanty (b Warsaw, Poland, 1846; d Warsaw, 12 Dec 1901), who had been trained by his father and in Leipzig, Berlin, and Dresden. Edward was vice-elder (1883–7) and elder (1887–8) of the guild and ran the family factory after his father’s death. From ...