Sohmer

Sohmer & Company Piano Factory could be mistaken today for any giant red brick warehouse that spans the industrial area around Long Island City New York. But like the building, which is considered to be one of very few left in the American Round Arch style, The Sohmer Piano still provides an old-world touch of elegance in a very unique cabinetry. Founded in 1872 by Hugo Sohmer; these pianos were manufactured in both grand and upright styles for 110 years. Purchased from the Sohmer family in 1982, SMC Corporation in Korea; has taken over where Hugo left off.

SMC continues to carry on the tradition, design, materials, and manufacturing methods used by Sohmer to create a magnificent instrument. For over 50 years, the Model 34 vertical design includes the ornate hand carvings of the original makers art. Honoring the Heritage of Hugo Sohmer and his craftsmanship.

Known as the "All American" piano, Sohmer shared notarity with Steinway and Sons, and is reported to have shared their factory workers being right next door. Years ago Sohmers were sold in Steinway Hall and it was said, "If you can not afford a Steinway, buy a Sohmer." The same could be said today. For traditional look, that classic American sound, SMC has retained that fine detail. Round, hollow, woody and dark are all traditional elements associated with these fine pianos; and when compared to other new or used American made pianos that cost double or triple; customers, pianists, and technicians all agree that it still has the sound reminiscent of the great old American brands of days gone by.

The famous Pratt-Reed action, solid brass hardware, sand-cast solid cast iron plate, and spruce soundboard are all the same quality and represent what made Sohmer one of the finest pianos made in America. By embracing the phases of acoustics and their application, tradition has been learned and followed, from the ground up. Sohmer's 89 years of continuous improvement on some models is typical of the pursuit of perfection. Family members still state that without reservation or exception, no other small grand approximates the Sohmer in tone and response.

The famous Sohmer creed: "To build the finest piano that human integrity, skill, knowledge, craftsmanship, and family tradition can possibly produce; to utilize the world's markets to procure the best materials regardless of cost, to maintain that quality unswervingly, and never to sacrifice one iota to gain an added profit, no matter how great; to preserve the integrity and individualitly of the Sohmer institution free from outside affiliation or influences; and to be governed always and under all circumstances by sound principles and never by expediency."