Krakauer Brothers was founded in 1869 by Simon Krakauer, his son David and his brother Julius in New York City. Krakauer was well known for building superior quality pianos in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. In fact, common thought amoung rebuilders today is that Krakauer pianos were built as well as top brand names like Steinway and Chickering because it is evident that a great deal of thought and effort when into their design and construction.
In 1917 Krakauer incorporated the Madison Piano Company, building Madison brand of pianos for several decades. Because of their superior quality among discriminating pianists, Krakauer Brothers was one of the few American Piano Companies to survive the Great Depression without being absorbed into a larger conglomerate like Aeolian-American, etc. Krakauer continued to build pianos until 1980 when it was sold to the Kimball Piano Company, although Kimball did produce the Krakauer name for a few years before Kimball went out of business in the late 1980s.
Krakauer pianos are some of the most well made instruments we see come through our shop today, and they are highly recommended.
Krakauer Brothers 1920's Sales Catalog
Early 20th Century Krakauer Brothers Piano Catalog, Circa 1928. (Original scans courtesy of www.musicaviva.com)
Krakauer Brothers Piano Catalog
Early 20th Century Illustrated Sales Catalog from Krakauer Brothers Piano Company, circa 1914
Krakauer Player Piano Catalog
Krakauer Brothers Illustrated Player Piano Catalog, Circa 1910
Period Advertisements From The Krakauer Brothers Piano Company
Early 20th Century Newspaper Article Featuring Krakauer Player Pianos, Circa 1915
Krakauer Victorian Oak Upright Piano
1893 | $14,000
Krakauer Brothers Player Piano
1827 | $14,000
Krakauer Victorian Mahogany Upright Piano
1906 | $10,500 After Total Restoration
Krakauer Bros. Square Grand Piano
1877 | $30,000
Krakauer Brothers Square Grand Piano
1883 | $32,000
Krakauer Eastlake Style Victorian OAK Grand Piano
1890 | $28,000 After Total Restoration