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The Chickering Piano

It was in January 1986 that a small article appeared in the Norwich-Sidney Pennysaver about the Earlville Opera House
acquiring a Chickering piano. "The Earlville Opera House unveiled their restored Chickering Quarter Grand Piano in
1985. Chickering pianos were made by Jonas Chickering, a man who became the real founder of the piano industry in
America and exerted a tremendous influence upon the manufacture of pianos in the United States and Europe. Mr.
Chickering patented the first practical casting of an iron frame to sustain the great tension necessary to a piano of
good quality. The name Chickering has been inseparably identified with the progress of the American piano and the
Earlville Opera House is pleased to have this fine instrument and museum piece as part of the historical theater."
Excerpts from
THE STORY OF THE
EARLVILLE OPERA HOUSE
BY SHERBURNE TOWN HISTORIAN
ROSE L WELLMAN

Book available for purchase at the Quincy Square Museum.
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