About the history of Kurt Saphir Pianos
Kurt Saphir Pianos has been welcoming customers to their Wilmette showroom for the past 30 years. In 1997, Dennis Saphir succeeded his father Kurt, as company president. His son Dan now represents the seventh generation of piano technicians working in the family business.
The Saphir piano business began in the early 1800’s in Vienna, Austria. Kurt Saphir and his wife Gizel, immigrated to the U.S. during World War II and would open the company’s first store on the south side of Chicago.
With Kurt working the service department in the field, his wife Gizel handled the sales department which originally consisted of little more than old uprights that Kurt reconditioned during his “off hours”. As the small company became more successful, Kurt Saphir Pianos eventually opened five stores in the Chicago area.
Today, Kurt Saphir Pianos is a highly specialized company. To meet the demands of a changing market Kurt Saphir Pianos began paring down their locations one by one, and refined their business model to work with smaller manufacturers and a more exclusive customer base.
In April 2014, Kurt Saphir Pianos sold it’s showroom, but continues to provide the same great quality in two areas (Piano Services and Consignment). Dennis Saphir uses his years of piano expertise to find great caretakers for consignment pianos. If you are looking for a great piano, ask Dennis about his current consignment pianos.
In the news…
March 23, 2015: Kurt Saphir highlighted in a Chicago Tribune Article.