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The following lists some of the major manufacturers of pianos and keyboards, for an in depth history of the instrument use the history link at the bottom of the page.


Keyboard - Acoustic


August Förster - Baldwin - Bechstein - Bohemia - Estonia - Knabe - Kemble - Mason & Hamlin - Pearl River - Petrof - Sauter - Seiler - Steinway - Yamaha

August Förster - Rated one of the top pianos in the world the Förster piano is loved by piano technicians and musicians alike. On April 1st, 1859, August Förster established a small workshop in Löbau, where he made his first piano. 1862 he established the first factory building in the suburbs of the town in today's Jahn street. This factory has been developed into a modern plant during the last decades. A world-class piano, 500 hours (five-hundred) of hand labor are invested into the construction of just one Forster piano. http://www.august-foerster.de/

Baldwin - The Baldwin Piano Company is the largest US-based manufacturer of keyboard instruments, most notably pianos. It is a subsidiary of the Gibson Guitar Corporation. Founded in Cincinnati in 1862 by music teacher Dwight Hamilton Baldwin, the Baldwin company began as a retail seller of pianos and organs. Three years later the Baldwin Piano Company was established, and the following year the partners shipped out the first piano manufactured under their own roof.

Bechstein - The Bechstein piano is engineered for precision, quality, and to meet the standards of the most demanding piano artists in the world. 1853: Carl Bechstein, having explored the secrets of French and English piano making, realizes that musicians are searching for a grand piano that will suit both robust virtuoso playing and a more delicate touch. In 1853, he starts to build pianos in Berlin. His expertise and understanding of the musical trends of the time enable him to develop the C. Bechstein concept of sound and action.

Bohemia - The history of piano-making began as early as in 1871 in the town of Jihlava when Josef Bělohlávek, a skilled piano-maker, opened his small workshop and gave work to several local craftsmen who were to become the first of many generations of piano-makers. Great sounding European piano. The Bohemia upright piano factory in Jihlava, Czech Republic has been making pianos since the late 19th Century.

Estonia - Piano making in Estonia was an art practiced during the late 18th century and has been documented as early as 1779. The craft had flourished, and during the late 19th and the early 20th century there were nearly 20 independent piano companies.The most notable of these manufacturers was Ernst Hiis-Ihse, whose handmade piano from 1893 became the prototype of the Estonia piano. After the WW II, Mr. Hiis was invited to establish a larger facility, known today as the Estonia Piano Factory. Estonia pianos are warm, rich, entirely hand-crafted instruments with over 110 years of history. Endorsed by many classical and jazz piano professionals, over 7,000 Estonia pianos are used in concert halls all over the world. 

Knabe - The Knabe pianos is the world's only handmade piano produced in an ISO 9001 certified manufacturing facility. The piano is beautifully crafted with tonal quality likened to the trained human voice. The Knabe pianos feature Pratt Reed premium spruce keys, Renner action and hammers, German "Roslau" strings, sand-cast iron plate, hand-notched bridges as well as a maple and oak rim with spruce beams. The Knabe piano is a product of Samick Corporation.

Kemble - The only upright pianos that are built in England. Kemble and Co has been making fine pianos in the United Kingdom since 1911 and for 3 generations. Their factory in Milton Keynes, UK produces around 30 pianos per day. A lot of these pianos are shipped around the world.

Mason & Hamlin - Founded in 1854, Mason & Hamlin is one of America’s oldest and most respected piano manufacturers. Of the hundreds of American piano companies that flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Mason & Hamlin is one of only a handful that survive today. Headquartered in Haverhill, Massachusetts, not far from its original location in Boston, the birthplace of American piano design and manufacturing. Six floors of its busy factory are dedicated to handcrafting Mason & Hamlin pianos. http://www.masonhamlin.com/

Pearl River - Pearl River has been designing, building and continuously perfecting fine pianos for over fifty years. From the world’s smallest piano company producing 4 upright pianos a month in 1956, Pearl River has grown to become the world’s largest piano factory with the capacity to produce over 100,000 pianos a year.

Petrof - Since the Birth of the company by founder Antonín Petrof in 1839, the Petrof family has been committed to excellence in craftsmanship As Europe's largest maker of pianos, Petrof pianos are well known throughout the world for their high quality pianos. With a revamped support system in place in the United States, (PETROF USA), Petrof continues to be a piano of quality and value.

Sauter - Sauter started building pianos nearly 200 years ago. Johann Grimm, the founder of the company, learned the trade of piano making from Johann Andreas Streicher in Vienna, who built Beethoven´s instruments.

Seiler - Seiler pianos are known for their unmistakable, transparent sound and perfection right down to the last detail - these are the qualities which have made "genuine Seilers" famous throughout the world since 1849. Seiler has remained true to their reputation throughout their history - with new patents, state-of-the-art technology and the skills of their master craftsmen.

Steinway - Steinway pianos have set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty, and investment value. Handcrafting each Steinway requires up to one full year – creating an instrument of rare quality and global renown. Not surprisingly, Steinway remains the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists, and countless pianists, composers, and performers around the world.

Yamaha - The most popular pianos in the world. Yamaha have been making pianos for over 100 years. Every Yamaha piano reflects the wide-ranging advantages of a strong and dynamic company—advantages unmatched by any other piano manufacturer. For musicians and music-lovers around the world, the name Yamaha means quality you can count on.



Keyboard - Digital

Casio - GEM - Kawai - Korg - Ketron - Roland - Yamaha

Casio - Casio Computer Co., Ltd., is one of the leading consumer electronics companies in the world. Since its establishment in 1957, Casio has been active in the development of electronic calculators, timepieces, and musical instruments. Manufacturing versatile low to mid range piano keyboards.

GEM - General Music manufactures digital pianos and synthesizers at an affordable price. They also offer a selection of multi-media workstations, sound modules and arranger keyboards.

Kawai - A well known name in acoustic pianos, Kawai is moving into the digital arena with several well received models ranging from professional/stage to more affordable models designed for the average home/local musician.

Korg - A well known name in the digital music world with a well deserved reputation. Korg has been a workhorse for the performing key-boardist for many years and has a large selection of synthesizers, sound control modules, multi-media workstations, and recording gear.

Ketron - Located in Ancona - Italy, was established in February 1981. by Music Professionals for Music Professionals. Ketron has been a leader in the Keyboard and Module industry bringing a nice balance between Technology and Craftsmanship.

Roland - Roland is another name that everyone in the music biz is familiar with. Roland has been around a long time supplying musicians with equipment ranging from keyboards to digital synthesizers, digital drum-stations, guitars and recording/mixing equipment.

Yamaha - Yamaha was founded in 1887 by Torakusu Yamaha. It was named Nippon Gakki Company. Yamaha manufactures a very wide variety of musical instruments including, acoustic as well as digital, pianos and synthesizers.

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