• Sauter History

    Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731)

    1698. Bartomlomeo Cristofori unveils the first "piano" while working for the Prince Ferdinando de Medici in the city of Florence.  It was named harpsichord that can play quiet (piano) and loud (forte).  The invention did not catch on right away but found an enthusiastic supporter who published an article on him and his invention.

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    Gottfried Silbermann (1683-1753)

    1725. Gottfried Silbermann comes across a German translation of an article on Cristofori and his “piano-forte” invention.  In 1732 he builds a pianoforte himself. Silbermann makes changes to the frame and build of the piano but adheres in detail to the very sophisticated action design by Cristofori. Silbermann is also a legendary organ builder and trains an entire generation of master craftsmen. Some of his apprentices will flee to England during the seven year war and start the tradition of the” English Action Design” and one will remain in Germany and become the father of the “Viennese Action Design”.

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    Johann Andreas Stein (1728-1792)

    1749.  Johann Andreas Stein finishes his apprenticeship at the Silbermann workshop and opens his own business in Augsburg, Germany. His ingenuity and inventions make the “fortepiano”-  as it is called then- a mature and very usable instrument. He invents a better action with escapement that will become known as the “Viennese Action” because it later became adopted by almost all musicians in Vienna. He also add pedal controlled dampers to his instruments. He and Leopold Mozart are good friends and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart plays and composes on a Stein piano for the better part of his life.

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    Nanette & Johann Streicher (1769-1833)

    1794. Nanette Stein takes over her father’s (Johann Andreas Stein) business and moves to Vienna. Together with her husband, Johann Andreas Streicher, tshe leads the most coveted piano maker in city of Vienna. Nanette entertains close ties to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and personally looks after Ludwig van Beethoven’s household when is overtaxed.  Nanette was the first woman factory owner in the mostly man dominated industry.

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    Johann Grimm (1794-1846)

    1813. Johann Grimm, a young carpenter from the Black Forest, moves to Vienna and is accepted as an apprentice with the Streicher Piano Factory. There he participated in building two fortepianos that are tailor-made for Ludwig van Beethoven. Upon his completion of his apprenticeship he returns to Spaichingen and establishes his workshop.

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    Carl Sauter, I (1820-1863)

    1846. Carl Sauter takes over his uncle’s workshop. Sauter Pianos are in high demand with cities and families participating in a drawing to determine the order of delivery and prepaying as much as three year’s in advance to secure an instrument. Sauter pianos incorporate the “Viennese Action Design”. The official name Carl Sauter Pianofortemanufaktur is determined. It has been unchanged ever since.

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    Johann Sauter, I (1846-1909)

    1863. Johann Sauter takes over his father’s business. He had apprenticed at the workshop. He leaves for a tour of the United States where he encounters new ideas and innovations in piano design and incorporates and expands them in his own workshop. The workshop continues to florish and its reach expands to Switzerland, France and into Austria.

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    Carl Sauter, II (1876-1948)

    1909. Carl Sauter inherits his father’s business and expands it further during the 1920ies. However, Sauter’s fortunes decline with the advent of  national socialism.  The situation comes to  a head when Mrs. Sauter – publicly confronted  by the head of the local Nazi party why her grandsons are not attending  Hitler Youth Sunday Morning Meetings- loudly states: “My grandsons will attend Church over Hitler’s Youth Program.”  A few months later, all but the youngest of  Sauter son  are drafted to the Eastern Front of the Germany Army.  The government stops production at the factory and forces it to produce war materials.

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    Johann Sauter, II (1921-1968)

    1948. Johann Sauter takes over the factory and revives it. The factory expands again and production machinery and equipment is updated to accommodate growth both in Europe and in Asian markets.

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    Carl Sauter, III (1936-1998)

    1969. Carl Sauter, III takes over his brother’s company and successfully leads to become a major piano maker on the world stage. The factory further expands and wins dozens of awards for its instruments.

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    Carl Sauter, IV (1952-Present)

    After the retirement of Carl Sauter, III in 1993, economist Otto Hott (1940-) purchases the majority shares and leads the company together with Carl Sauter, IV (1952-) who remains a shareholder and is responsible for company sales. Together with economist Otto Hott (1940-), they team up to lead the factory to its successful standing.  Today, Sauter Piano Factory is the world’s most oldest piano manufacturer who leads the industry with innovation and design.