I am descendant of Carl Sauter (my great-great-grandfather) of the piano manufacturer Carl Sauter Pianofortemanufaktur GmbH & Co KG in Spaichingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. My Great-Grandfather Albert along with his younger brother Carl emigrated to the United States in the late 1880's after their mother died. He and his brother were master piano makers for Knabe in Baltimore. My father was a classically trained pianist whose particular likes were Bach, Beethoven, Gershwin, Ravel and Debussy (and almost anything else you could think of). I have been playing since age 4 when I started lessons.

In 1974, I visited the factory showroom in Spaichingen and obtained copies from the family history book (Tagebuch?) which contains the entries for Carl Sauter's birth and marriage as well as my Great-Great-Grandfather's. There are facsimiles here.

UPDATE: I visited Spaichingen in January 2008. See FACTORY VISIT link on main page.

Here is interesting history of Sauter Piano.

I'd enjoy your comments and you may contact me at this address.

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