Albert Schoenhut was born in 1848 in Wurtenburg, Germany to a toy-making family. His father and grandfather made wooden dolls, rocking horses and wagons. At a very young age Albert began making toy pianos in his home. He was discovered for his talent as only a teen, got his hand in the backend of the business, and in 1872 struck out on his own with Schoenhut Piano Company. As his toy piano business grew he added other instruments to include: ukulele-banjo, xylophone, glockenspiel and more.