WEBER, 5’1” Art Case Grand Piano and Bench, Serial # 81319
Year: 1930 Length: 155 cm
City: Montpelier Country: United States Business account19,988.00 $
Year: 1930 Length: 155 cm
City: Montpelier Country: United States Business account
Here is some Weber piano history: Albert Weber emigrated from Germany to the USA at the age of 16 with a job as a music teacher. As a result of his employment in piano factories, Weber acquired skills that allowed him to create pianos on his own at the age of 22. From 1852 onwards, pianos were made in a small workshop - the beginnings were modest, as in many similar stories. In the following years Weber gradually changed his workshops to larger ones, aiming for more and more prestigious locations. A key event was the opening of the showrooms in New York City - thus the Weber brand was considered a luxury. However, this was not only due to the location, Weber's instruments really stood out for their quality of materials and workmanship, based on classical construction. Among other things, Weber was famous for its "square pianos", which were very popular at the time. It is worth mentioning that one of Weber's main competitors was Henry Steinweg, founder of Steinway & Sons. Albert and Henry were linked by their origins, they also sold top-class instruments on the same market! The ultimate success of the Steinway & Sons brand owes its focus not only to the highest quality materials but also to the introduction of technology, innovation and business knowledge. This is what Weber's manufactory lacked in the long run. The early death of Albert Weber (in his 50s) was also not without significance. In addition, Henry Steinweg had the support of his sons educated in the industry, who managed the company efficiently after his death. This cannot be said of Albert Weber's son (Albert Jr.), who, although he was a pianist like his father, could not manage the business in the long run. Initially, he developed the company by opening a new salon in Chicago, a concert hall, or even a branch in England. However, taking over the company as a very young boy, Albert Jr. wasted his fortune mainly on entertainment. In this way, the new owner owed the company for many years, not caring about its interests, and eventually, being pursued by creditors, died at the age of 50, just like his father. The Weber brand was bought out and transformed into the Weber-Wheelock Company. William Wheelock, an American businessman, bought the company at the turn of the 19th and 20th century, expanding the production of Wheelock instruments and Stuyvesant with Weber pianos. As we know, they were of the highest quality, Wheelock pianos were considered to be of high quality, while middle-class pianos were presented in the Stuyvesant line. Already at the beginning of the 20th century, Wheelock was gradually transformed into Aeolian - the largest player and owner of numerous brands of upright and grand pianos, and then merged with the American Piano Company. Weber remained their flagship brand. This lasted until the Great Depression in the United States, when the company began to get into more and more financial trouble, eventually going bankrupt in 1985.
This is where the real turn of events took place, as the Weber brand is still on the market today - under the name of Korean giant Young Chang. Currently in production are high-quality Albert Weber pianos designed by Joseph Pramberger (since 1995), as well as Weber medium and starter instruments. Although produced in Asia, the better Albert Weber pianos are made from European and American elements - such as the Renner mechanism, Rosleau strings or the Alaskan Sitka resonance bottom. Thus, they have a different sound and quality from Weber's cheaper pianos - similar in structure to the Korean Young Chang.
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