About Richmond History

The Richmond Piano Company was originally established in Richmond, Indiana in 1878. Shortly after the turn of the century, Richmond Piano Company was acquired by the Starr Piano Company. Richmond pianos were produced and marketed as a more cost-effective alternative to the expensive Starr brand pianos. 

Starr pianos had built a reputable name for themselves among piano professionals of the day, so the Richmond pianos were sold along with Starr in their sales catalogs and stores. The Starr Piano Company was successful in weathering the economic changes of the early 20th century. It was one of the few American piano manufacturers to continue under private ownership during and after the Great Depression. They continued to produce Richmond pianos until the 1950s. [1]

About Richmond Pianos

The Richmond Piano Company produced very good quality pianos at affordable prices. [2] A 1913 advertisement highlighted several of the more notable qualities of the Richmond piano, including its “extreme simplicity of player mechanism, quick and sympathetic response, ease of control, and standard trackerboard”, which made access to almost all music catalogues possible. [2] [3]

Restoring a Richmond Piano

If you want to start the process of restoring your Richmond piano, call Lindeblad today to speak with one of our piano experts, who will be happy to help.


[1] Pierce, W. Robert. Pierce Piano Atlas: Anniversary Edition, 2017 Our 70th Year. Albuquerque: Ashley, 2017. Print.

[2] Dolge, Alfred. Pianos And Their Makers. London: Forgotten Books, 2015. Print.