“Speaking as a pianist, I like the New Cunningham quite a bit. It has a very nice tone and action.” George Crumb, Professor Emeritus and Annenberg Professor of the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania
“I’ve had my Cunningham Piano now for almost two years, and it has been terrific! It sounds wonderful, and it looks really great! Thanks so much for all your support, and for creating an instrument of such quality and value.” Jeffrey Khaner Principal Flutist, The Philadelphia Orchestra The Juilliard School, Faculty The Curtis Institute, Faculty
“I am quite pleased with my New Cunningham Piano, especially in comparison to what else is available – even for many thousands of dollars more. I have trust in the product and the company and highly recommend this piano.” Jonathan Coopersmith, Director of Musical Studies, The Curtis Institute of Music
Through his leadership, commitment to quality, and a keen business sense Cunningham Piano Company quickly became one of Philadelphia’s most respected makers of pianos.Throughout his tenure as President of the company, Patrick J. Cunningham saw his company expand and thrive, gaining awards for both quality and design. However, the Great Depression was a huge detriment to all businesses and just before the beginning of World War II, Cunningham Piano Company ceased production and their staff focused on helping the war effort. After the war concluded, we began a new chapter. Cunningham Piano Company concentrated on piano restoration.Today, visitors to Cunningham Piano Company have the opportunity to take a step back in time and tour one of the largest and oldest piano restoration factories in existence. They can look over the shoulders of some of the finest craftspeople in the piano industry as they lovingly bring musical treasures back to life. They can also audition an exciting new addition to the Philadelphia musical community – the New Cunningham Piano!
Patrick J. Cunningham once said, “We will dispense with the endorsements of Paderewski, Von Bulow, Rubinstein, Wagner, Mendelssohn, and several other celebrities, also prize medals received in Paris, Vienna, London, Philadelphia, and Chicago, by putting our argument to the point, and in a nutshell: We offer $10,000 for a better piano than the Matchless Cunningham.”Because no one ever took him up on his offer, his piano remained Matchless. It is bold concepts such as this that still echo through the halls of the Cunningham Piano Company.