Sohmer founded Sohmer & Co. in 1872 after emigrating from Germany.
The company made some of the finest pianos in America and was part
of New York's booming piano manufacturing scene of the late 19th
century. Its main factory on the bank of the East River in Astoria,
Queens still stands today.
Sohmer was a musician himself and had a musician's keen appraisal
of a piano's tonal qualities. After a few short years of production,
Hugo Sohmer was granted a patent for a very unique achievement at
the time: being the first to produce a 5' baby grand piano.
Sohmer's pianos received both popular and critical acclaim in that
vibrant era of history, being featured in the finest homes in New
York and across the country. Some of the more notable owners include
Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin, William Randolph
Hearst, Katharine Hepburn, and Eartha Kitt. Sohmer showcased its
finest creations in a grand showroom called the House of Sohmer
at 31 West 57th Street in the heart of Manhattan's antiques district.
And it was no coincidence that Carnegie Hall was right around the
At his death in 1931, Hugo Sohmer passed on his love for the piano
to his sons. Sohmer & Co. enjoyed family ownership for over one
hundred years until the company was sold in 1982.
Today, Samick Music Corp. carries on the tradition of making one
of the finest pianos available to the American consumer.
Tanner Piano is proud to carry the Sohmer & Co Piano.
Please call (912) 278-8911
in Georgia or South Carolina to schedule an appointment.