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With the exception of period furniture styles like Louis XV and French Provincial, most upright pianos were without ornamentation or frills.Instead, plain square pillars and streamlined moldings resulted in a very “modern” looking upright piano which was considered “uncluttered” and “beautifully simplistic.” These simple-looking upright pianos were generally of excellent quality.Like square grands, they were ususally made of exotic rosewood or mahogany and were beautifully carved.As the 1880s and 1890s approached, the square grand piano began to fade in popularity, and manufacturers started promoting their lines of grand and upright pianos.Furniture manufactures were quick to jump on the new trend of the Craftsman style, but piano makers were slow to recognize just how important the Arts & Crafts Movement really was.A handful of manufactures attempted to build pianos in the Craftsman/Mission style, but because the Movement was so short-lived, most of them didn’t see the significance of the Arts & Crafts Movement until it was too late; the Arts & Crafts Movement was over before 1920.By this time makers had streamlined operations and the piano had evolved into a perfect machine.
Thousands of song titles were available for player piano rolls, and rolls were sold by the millions.Sadly, very few manufacturers ever offered Craftsman style pianos, and as a result, original specimens are exceedingly rare today.The 1920s era was considered the “Golden Age” of piano building.century, American piano makers built and sold more square grand pianos than grand pianos or upright pianos!Our vintage ephemera collections show these square grand pianos selling for as much as 0 in the mid 19th century – the cost of a small house! By about 1880-1890, the American upright piano began to win favor as being more fashionable than the square grand piano.
More player pianos were built in America between 19 than any other single type of piano.