Sohmer & Co. Records, Series IV: Manufacturing Records, 1872-1967
Sohmer & Company
Management Service Company
2 cubic feet
Piano templates, design drawings, and sketches for the construction of a variety of piano styles, plus several diagrams, for instance of the patented Capo D A̓stro Bar. The 1957 manuscript of the "Construction of the Sohmer Piano" was originally written by Harry Sohmer to assist Dr. Karl Wecker in the preparation of a series of lectures. It details the history, methodology, and philosophy behind the construction of the Sohmer piano. Consultant reports, prepared by management engineers of the Management Service Company, make recommendations to increase the effectiveness or efficiency of the construction process. For instance, in the machine department, a report recommends "you should use a flat joint instead of a Linderman joint on core stock, in order to improve the quality of the joint stock and to save lumber."