Bluebook Of Pianos


      Brand Names Starting with Letter V

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Manufactured by the Bush & Lane Piano Company, in their extensive and finely equipped factory at Holland, Mich. Victor pianos are thoroughly reliable instruments of a high grade. The Victor instruments have been on the market for many years, during which time many thousands have been sold. Victor pianos are noted for their pleasing tone qualities and the unique and effective character of their case work. Dealers who handle these pianos speak most highly of the musical and the durable qualities of the instruments and expert musicians have indorsed in highest terms their admirable qualities. The name "Victor" is copyrighted and is the trademark and exclusive property of this company. The Victor Cecilian contains the famous Cecilian player action, which is so noted for its easy operation, versatility of expression effects and durability. Victor grands and uprights embody the highest musical ideals. See Bush & Lane Piano Co.



This famous player-piano was the product of the Hallet & Davis Piano Company of Boston. It is nationally advertised, nationally priced. In November 1925, the control of the old Boston industry was acquired by the Premier Grand Piano Corporation of New York City, which now makes the grand pianos of the former firm. While the uprights are produced in the extensive factories of Jacob Doll & Sons. Instruments of unchallenged quality.




James W. Vose was born on October 21, 1818. He became a cabinetmaker, then learned the piano making trade from various Boston area piano factories. In 1851 he made his first piano, starting his own business. He had three sons, and all of them learned the business, and joined their father as partners in the firm. At this time, he renamed it Vose & Sons. The business was incorporated in 1889, with the Vose family holding the entire stock. Eventually, the American Piano Company purchased the firm, and used the Vose name until 1982.

According to Spillane's History of the American Pianoforte (printed in 1890):

"Vose & Sons came into existence in 1851 in Boston, and therefore bear the distinction of being a very old piano-makers.  J. W. Vose, the founder and senior member of this firm, is a native of Milton, Mass., the birthplace of Crehore, where he was born in 1818.  He served an old-fashioned apprentice course in Milton and Boston, first learning cabinet-making.  At twenty, he became a piano-maker.  Later he acquired a varied experience in various Boston shops, subsequently founding his business in the year indicated.  The Vose & Sons piano of to-day contains all the standard improvements, besides specialties originated by the firm.  It is a popular instrument, and has a large following of admirers in the musical profession throughout the States.  The firm of Vose & Sons is made up of Mr. J. W. Vose, the founder, Mr. Willard A. Vose, born in 1852, Mr. Irving B. Vose, born in 1850, and Mr. Julien W. Vose, born in 1859, all practical piano-makers, and graduates of good educational institutions in Boston."

One of America's most distinguished pianos. The "Vose" piano has sustained itself in the respect of musicians and the admiration of the public through Mr. James W Vose, recognized as one of the greatest presidents of the many great piano manufacturing concerns of the country. From the first the career of the Vose piano has been steadily gaining until it has reached a position ranking among the foremost pianos of the world. The "Vose" pianos of today are marked by a distinct originality of case designs, careful and most thorough construction, and musical effects of the most satisfactory character. They are pianos whose characters are of a kind to attract the attention of people of refinement and good taste.


1853-00500 1902-50000 1913-75000 1924-90900   1974-112700
1855-01400 1903-52000 1914-77000 1925-93300   1975-114100
1860-02900 1904-55000 1915-78000 1926-95000   1976-115800
1865-03600 1905-57000 1916-80000 1927-96800   1977-116200
1870-05000 1906-60900 1917-81000 1928-98700   1978-117000
1880-13000 1907-62000 1918-83000 1929-100000 1979-118200
1885-17000 1908-64000 1919-85000 1930-101000 1980-119100
1890-26300 1909-66000 1920-86000 1970-102700 1981-119800
1895-35000 1910-68000 1921-87000 1971-104700 1982-120200
1900-44000 1911-70000 1922-88000 1972-107500
1901-47000 1912-73000 1923-89000 1873-109900



1956 - 160000 1959 - 169000 1962 - 180000 1965 - 191000