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1882, Kimball Company

W.W. Kimball Piano Company officially became The Kimball Company, and opened a large factory.

1885, Schimmel

Detail of a Schimmel piano.
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Schimmel piano company established by Wilhelm Schimmel, Sr. (1854 – 1946) in Leipzig, Germany.

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  • Palmieri, Robert, ed.  The Piano: An Encyclopedia.  2nd Edition.  New York: Routledge, June 1, 2004.  Google Books.  Web. 14 Sept. 2015.
  • Cooper, Blake.  "The History of Schimmel Pianos."  Cooper Piano.  Cooper Piano, 1 June 2013.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.

1887, Yamaha

Logo on sounboard for Yamaha piano.
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Yamaha piano company established by Torakusu Yamaha (1851 – 1916) in Japan.

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  • "Yamaha Torakusu."  Hammamatsu Books.  Hamanako Institute Corporation, 2012.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.
  • Palmieri, Robert, ed.  The Piano: An Encyclopedia.  2nd Edition.  New York: Routledge, June 1, 2004.  Google Books.  Web. 14 Sept. 2015.
  • "Biography of Yamaha Torakusu | Founder of Yamaha Corp."  My Article.  My Article, 2012.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.

1887, Kimball Piano

The Kimball Company commenced building pianos.

1896, Kohler & Campbell

Detail of a Kohler & Campbell piano.
Kohler & Campbell Piano.

Kohler & Campbell piano company established by Charles Kohler (1868 – 1913) and John Calvin Campbell (1864 – 1904) in New York City.

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  • Palmieri, Robert, ed.  The Piano: An Encyclopedia.  2nd Edition.  New York: Routledge, June 1, 2004.  Google Books.  Web. 14 Sept. 2015.

1899, Wurlitzer Tonophone

Wurlitzer introduced the "Tonophone," (also known as “Mighty Wurlitzers”) the first coin-operated piano.

1900, Hobart Cable

Fallboard logo for Hobart M. Cable Piano.
Hobart M. Cable Piano.

Hobart Cable piano company established by Hobart M. Cable (1841 – 1909), in LaPorte, Indiana.

1927, Kawai

Company logo on the fallboard for Kawai Pianos.
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Kawai piano company established by Koichi Kawai (1886 – 1955) in Hamamatsu, Japan.

1930, Wurlitzer Golden Age

The 1930’s – 1940’s considered golden age for Wurlitzer with the purchase of the patented music box mechanism (jukebox) along with hiring inventor Homer Capehart and designer Paul Fuller with the slogan “Music for Milllions.”

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  • "Wurlitzer Jukebox Company History."  Archive Gibson.  Gibson Guitar Corp., n.d.  Web. 18 Sept. 2015.
  • "Wurlitzer, 150 Years in as Many Words."  Jukebox UK.  Jukeboxes Unlimited, 2013.  Web.  18 Sept. 2015.

1956, Baldwin Pinblock

Patent awarded Baldwin for its 41-Ply Pinblock design for greater tuning stability.

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