The History of Sherman Clay
As Sherman Clay enters the 21st century, it stands unique. Few companies have operated continuously for over 140 years.
Leander Sherman founded Sherman Clay in San Francisco, California in 1870.There were no automobiles in the city. It would be six years before electricity was available and nine years before the telephone appeared on the West Coast. Leander Sherman worked to bring the finest concert artists and opera stars to the city. Many of them performed at Sherman Clay's own concert hall.
In 1892, Sherman Clay was authorized as a Steinway dealer.It was around then that Leander Sherman began a lifelong friendship with Paderewski, famed composer and concert artist.
"My good friend, Leander Sherman," wrote Paderewski, "always makes San Francisco a most delightful place to visit."
Through earthquakes, world wars, the depression, Sherman Clay has continued to provide for the musical needs of its customers.
Over the years, the company has adapted to changes in musical taste and technology. More people have purchased pianos from Sherman Clay than any other retailer. Today, the company operates in California, Washington, Oregon and Texas.