Balthazar Schiedmayer started out in 1735 in Erlangen near Stuttgart, Germany, where he made his first pianos. In 1809, he moved his business to Schillerplatz, Stuttgart,and named it Schiedmayer & Soehne. The business produced quality pianos until the 1940s, with production at 11,000 in 1880 and 127,000 in 1984. In 1853, the brothers (cousins?) moved to Stuttgart’s Neckerstrasse and made pianos under the name J&P Schiedmayer until the 1970s. Their pianos were well made, with a stunning build quality and especially an impressive musicality for a small brand. J&P Schiedmayer production figures: 14,300 in 1880 - 70,000 in 1970. Schiedmayer pianos from all eras are today prized by connoisseurs for their musical quality, with a sonority that resembles a Bechstein in its depth. Scheidmayer pianos have modern actions, either Berling or Schwander.