Schoenhut piano toys

Albert Schoenhut (1848-1912) was born in Wurtenberg, Germany to a toy-making family. His father and grandfather made wooden dolls, rocking horses, and wagons. At a young age, Albert began making toy pianos in his home. The hammers on the early toy pianos struck a sounding bar made of glass instead of the strings used on real pianos. He later exchanged the glass bars for those made of metal, making the instruments more durable. Albert's toy pianos, more than just playthings, stayed in tune and were accompanied by sheet music to encourage children to play.

In 1866, John Dahl, a buyer for Wanamaker's department store, heard of young Albert's talent and brought the 17-year old to Philadelphia where he worked as a repairman on glass sounding pieces in German toy pianos that had been damaged in shipping.

Albert struck out on his own in 1872, founding the Schoenhut Piano Company. As his toy piano business grew, Albert added other instruments including a ukulele-banjo, xylophone, and glockenspiel. He also expanded his line to include dolls, circus figures, and toys.

By the time of Albert's death in 1912, Schoenhut Piano Company was the largest toy company in America and the first in the United States to export toys to Germany.

Schoenhut pianos and baby grand pianos have 18, 25, 30 or 37 keys.


Updated: 28 September 2021

Schoenhut Piano value and price guide

What's your Schoenhut Piano worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

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Comments (8)
Bobby - July 20, 2021
My piano also has a piece that slides in and out just above the keys by way of a small rubber tipped handle, soft of like a "damper"
Bobby - July 18, 2021
My piano has an electric blower motor in it
I think Schoenhut introduced a piano with blower in the 1950s.
Bobby - July 8, 2021
i have come across a "Schoenuhut model 9030 toy electric organ", but i'm unable to locate anything whatsoever about this item. any help is welcome, thank you
Can't find anything on it I'm afraid. Very interesting. It could be a 'Tuneyville Player Piano'.
Teresa - April 21, 2020
I have a simple upright mini 8 key Schoenhut piano. It only has the name Schoenhut with made in the USA underneath it. Any idea on value and age? I can't seem to find anything about this model. Thank you.
Difficult to say, could be from the 1950s... Have a look here, maybe you can find yours: Schoenhut Piano 8 key.
Donna - May 4, 2019
I bought a Schoenhut toy piano. 25 keys and a bench. It's marked EP 231. Can u tell me anything about this beauty?
Hi, I cannot find ANYTHING about this piano marked EP 231 unfortunately :-( Maybe try and search for Schoenhut 25 keys, maybe you can find yours...
Helen - April 3, 2019
We purchased a toy piano for our grandson who is 3 1/2 at Christmas but he has already gotten too tall to sit at it. Is there any part available that would make piano higher so that he could sit on a little chair and play it? Thank you.
Couldn't find any official parts, so I guess you have to DIY something. Maybe make a few wooden blocks to put under it?
Jennifer - January 25, 2019
We are trying to repair a vintage piano, but are having trouble finding information on the cardboard pieces inside. Do you have any information on that?
Good one! No idea, I'm sorry... you could contact them directly here: Schoenhut website.
Carmen - August 20, 2011
I want to sell my orignal Schoehut piano.Let me know if you buy them.
No I am sorry, I don't buy them.