Michael Feisthammel

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Author, Historian

Michael Feisthammel is a lifelong history teacher who has a passion for the piano. Over the years he has collected background information on the many piano manufacturers in the Chicago area, with the idea of one day writing a book. The book took on a deeper focus during the pandemic of 2020, and expanded to cover all of the companies involved with making pianos in Chicago, which at one point was only second to New York, in the United States, in the production of the instruments. His research has uncovered several interesting facts such as the social and economic reasons behind why Chicago became such a hub, and the history of many brand names that created innovative products in Chicago over the years such as Conover, Kimball, Bush & Gerts, Cable, and Bent Crown Pianos.