The Cable Piano Company of Chicago was one of the largest and most successful piano manufacturer in American history. The company was established in 1880 by H.D. Cable, who had originally been with the Western Cottage Organ Company (later changed to Chicago Cottage Organ Company). This company was owned and controlled by the Bacon Piano Co., New York City, of which Mr. Bacon was president. This piano manufacturing concern was named in honor of John Jacob Astor, who founded the Bacon Piano Company in the year 1789. PianoMart’s extensive inventory includes literally hundreds of new and second-hand pianos crafted by piano makers large and small, from A.B. Chase to Zimmerman and everything in between. Cable pianos are a popular choice for students, home enthusiasts and professional musicians alike. Great deals on Cable Upright Piano. It's a great time to upgrade your home music studio gear with the largest selection at Fast & Free shipping on many items! Upright Piano “ The cable company Chicago“ Used. Used Cable Nelson Piano - $225.

Cable Piano Company Historical Overview

Getting his start in organ manufacturing, H.D. Cable founded The Cable Piano Company, also known as “Cable Company,” in 1880. Born in 1880, Cable began his career working for Wolfinger Organ Co. and then moved to Chicago Cottage Organ. [1]

Based in New York, The Cable Piano Company company merged with Conover Brothers in 1890, while Cable’s two brothers also joined operations. Acquiring Schiller Piano from Illinois, The Cable Company had two factories in the U.S. by 1920 - one in St. Charles and the other in Chicago. At the peak of production, the Cable Company employed over 500 workers. [2] Cable built a company culture that valued its workers, offering musical outlets, chorus, baseball teams and other perks on the job. [3]

A series of acquisitions in the mid to late 1900s, resulted in Cable Company being purchased by the Aeolian American Corporation. By 2001, Gibson Guitars had purchased rights to the Cable name and continuing piano production in China.

About The Cable Piano Company

By the 1920s, the Cable Company was producing pianos under the names Conover, Cable, Kingsbury, Wellington, and Schiller. They also introduced a variety of player piano models under the names Conover Carola INner-Player, Conover Solo Carola Inner-Player, Carola Inner-Player, Solo Carola Inner-Player, Euphona Inner-Player, and Solo Euphona Inner-Player.


The Cable Piano Company trademarked their own technology for the construction of soundboards and frames. Known as the “Tonarch” for uprights and “Crownstay” for grands, the way they constructed the elements of the piano were unique in the industry and earned a reputation for excellence. These were curved braces built into the frame to allow for ideal tone once the soundboard was installed.

Cable Piano Company Restoration

For many Cable piano owners today, the decision to restore their Cable Piano Company piano is easy. The original Cable Company pianos are worth anywhere between $500-1,000 unrestored. However, when Lindeblad restores early-American pianos like Cable pianos, the value can increase up to $20,000.

Interested in learning more about how we restore and repair Cable Company pianos? Call us today!

The Cable Company Piano Value


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

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The History of Wellington Pianos

Wellington was a line of pianos produced by The Cable Piano Company in New York City. Wellington pianos were produced for many decades from about 1885 until around 1953. [1]

About Wellington Pianos

The Cable Company produced the Wellington line as a more budget-friendly option for those that could not afford some of their higher-end brands; however, Wellington instruments were still superior in quality and well made.

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The Cable Company Piano

With beautiful cases matched by an attractive tone, these instruments possessed the rare quality of being affordable, but also durable and masterfully built. Because of their quality and great value, Wellington pianos were in high demand for many years, both domestically and internationally. [2]

Restoring a Wellington Piano

Since Wellington pianos were so well made, there are many instruments still around today that merit restoration. Prices for an unrestored Wellington piano are unremarkable, but restored instruments can sell for $12,000 - $18,000 on today’s market. Truly a value for any serious musician!

If you have a Wellington and would like to begin the restoration process, please contact Lindeblad today. We would love to walk with you through the process of bringing your beloved piano back to life!


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


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