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STORY & CLARK
Story & Clark Piano Co.
269 Quaker Drive
Seneca, Pennsylvania 16346
800-247-6557 / 814-676-6683
Owned by: QRS Music Technologies, Inc.
Pianos made by: Samick Musical Instrument Mfg. Co. Ltd., Bogor, West Java, Indonesia
Hampton L. Story began as a piano retailer in 1857 when he purchased a music store in Burlington,
Vermont. In 1862 he was joined by Mr. Powers to form Story & Powers. In 1867 Story was offered an
organ dealership for the western states by Jacob Estey and he set up shop in Chicago. Isaac Camp then
joined Story about the late 1860s, forming the firm of Story & Camp. In 1884 Hampton L. Story left Story &
Camp and was joined by his son, Edward H. Story and Melville Clark to form the company of Story & Clark.
They began manufacturing reed organs until 1895 when they began making pianos. The company
discontinued building organs in the early 1900s in favour of concentrating their efforts on piano and
player piano manufacturing. By 1901 the business moved to Grand Haven, Michigan (where it remained
until about 1985, under several different owners). They started using a Chas. Frederick Stein scale since
about 1970 (to 1984) when they were owned by Lowrey, a division of Norlin Industries. Yamaha made
some grand pianos for Story & Clark in Japan, in the late 1960s to 1970s. Over the years, brand names
controlled included: Story & Clark, Classic, Hampton, Hobart M. Cable, Irvington, Packard, Price & Teeple,
Storygrand, Storytone, and Tennyson. The Story & Clark name was then purchased in 1991 by the
Classic Player Piano Co., and then by QRS Piano Music Technologies in 1993 where Story & Clark pianos
were manufactured in Seneca, PA. In 2002 pianos ceased to be manufactured in the U.S. Pianos bearing
the Story & Clark name were then manufactured in China by the Dongbei piano company and then in
Indonesia by Samick, for QRS Piano Music Technologies in the USA.
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