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HARDMAN, PECK & CO.
11 Holt Drive
Stony Point, New York 10980
Pianos now made by: Beijing Hsinghai Piano Group, Ltd., Beijing, China
Hardman was established in 1842 by Hugh Hardman at 33 W. 57th St. in New York. Hugh's son, John
joined the company in 1874, establishing Hardman & Co. Hugh Hardman retired in 1879, leaving the firm
to his son John who successfully continued operations of the business. In 1880, Leopold Peck and a
piano dealer by the name of Dowling became partners, changing the name to Hardman, Dowling & Peck.
In this period, the company secured patents for improving design, and their pianos were known to be of
the highest quality. In 1884 Dowling left the company, and it was reorganized as Hardman, Peck & Co.,
incorporating in 1905. Hardman, Peck & Co. made a range of upright pianos, grand pianos and player
pianos in the early 1900s. They controlled the following names: Autotone, Harrington, Hensel, Imperial,
Keystone, Madelon; Minipiano/Pianette (from about 1935 to 1957) - by license from the Eavestaff Piano
Co.; Playotone, Standard, Hardman Autotone and Hardman Duo Player (starting in 1957). The firm was
later taken over by the Aeolian Corp. in 1959, and manufacturing began in Memphis, Tennessee. The last
recorded serial number under Aeolian's ownership was dated in 1982, about the time Aeolian went out of
business. In the 1990s the Hardman, Peck & Co. name was then applied to pianos made by the Dongbei
Piano Co. in China for the New York distributor, North American Music Inc; and by 2006, by the
Beijing Hsinghai Piano Group (China), employing European style actions and scale designs.
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