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Charles Maximilian Stieff was born in Württemberg, Germany and was educated at Stuttgart. In 1831
he emigrated to America and settled in Baltimore, Maryland where he took the chair in Haspart's
school as professor of languages and also acted as leader of a church choir. In 1842 he imported his
first pianos from Germany, and opened regular piano warerooms on Liberty Street in 1843.
Observing the success of the various piano manufacturers in Baltimore, Stieff undertook an extensive
trip to Europe in 1852, studying the methods of the best piano manufacturers there. Upon his return
he admitted his sons, Charles and Frederick, into partnership and started the manufacture of the
"Stieff" piano, entrusting the management of the factory to Jacob Gross, an expert piano maker of the
old school. Stieff has often been referred to as "The Poor Man's Steinway" by piano rebuilders and
tuners. This is due to the fact that Stieff built excellent pianos that were often praised by Steinway as
being a leading competitor at the turn of the century. Other pianos made by this company were:
Shaw, Stieff & Sons, Bennett-Bretz, Davies & Son, Leslie Brothers. Discontinued production in 1942.

Charles M. Stieff pianos are no longer in production.

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