English-American family of piano makers. Thomas Loud (i) (b c1762; d New York, 2 Jan 1833) was active in London at the turn of the century. In 1802 he was granted a British patent for an upright piano just under two meters high, with diagonal stringing. Loud immigrated to America before 1816, and was building overstrung “piccolo” upright pianos by 1830. Records show that Thomas and John Loud arrived in Philadelphia in 1817, followed by Joseph Loud in 1828. The will (1832) of Thomas Loud (i) refers to his sons Thomas, John, Philologus, and Joseph Edward as trading in Philadelphia as Loud & Brothers. In 1835 they became Loud & Co.
In 1812 the Philadelphia Aurora announced the dissolution of a partnership between Thomas Loud Evenden Sr. (Thomas Loud (ii)) and the cabinet maker Joshua Baker. Thomas Loud (i) was survived by a widow, Harriet (née Evenden); from ...
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