Cumpston Research

Here is a quote from "Pianos and Their Makers" printed in 1911:

"Among the historic Boston firms, the Hallet & Davis Piano Company can trace its origin to the year 1835, when Brown & Hallet started in business. Brown was a graduate of the Chickering factory and obtained several patents for improvements. He retired from the firm in 1843, and his place was taken by George H. Davis, the firm changing to Hallet, Davis & Company, under which title it continued with more or less success. After the death of George H. Davis on December 1, 1879, the business was incorporated. Under the management of E.E. Kimball as president, C.C. Conway, treasurer, and E.E. Conway as secretary, the concern has recovered its old-time prestige and is counted among the most progressive of the present day."
As you can see, there was high regard of the company at that time. The Hallet & Davis name was used until 1957.
Information provided by Greg Flannagan.

Piano Companies Listed in the Howe Collection at The University of Maryland

The University of Maryland maintains the Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature: Piano Series. This fine collection is available to the public, and in many cases they will send you photocopies of specific pieces for a nominal fee. A large number of the companies listed herein made player pianos as well as regular pianos, and quite often you can find documents related to original advertising and pricing, as well as other historical tidbits of information about player pianos.
Hallet, Cumston & Allen (1863-1887)

Below is a list of CUMSTON pianos owned by the presidents of the United States.

8th President - Martin Van Buren - 1837-1841, Hallet & Cumston Square Grand Piano

34th President - Dwight D. Eisenhower - 1953-1961, Hallet & Cumston Upright

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