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Theodor August Heintzman

Born: May 19, 1817

Death: Jul 25, 1899

Birthplace: Berlin

Nationality: Canada

Theodor August Heintzman

Date of Birth : May 19, 1817
Date of Death : Jul 25, 1899
Birth Place : Berlin

Theodor August Heintzman was a German-born Canadian piano manufacturer and inventor, best known for founding the piano company which still bears his name. Born in Berlin, Heintzman worked in various manufacturing jobs as a youth, eventually settling in at a German piano factory. In 1840, he married his boss' daughter and, following the lead of her family, immigrated to the United States in 1850. It is believed by the Heintzman family that Theodor immigrated on the same boat as Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, another piano-maker, and the two attempted to start a business in New York City. They soon parted ways, however, with Heintzman taking his family to Buffalo where he started again; Steinweg eventually changed his name to Steinway and became a successful piano manufacturer in his own right. In Buffalo, Heintzman started the "Western Piano Co.", which he ran until it went under in 1858. In 1860, Heintzman moved to Toronto, where he constructed his first four pianos in the kitchen of his son-in-law; these sold well, and with the proceeds he was able to found Heintzman & Co., Ltd., setting up his primary warehouse first on Toronto's York Street, soon moving to King Street near Yonge.

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