Piano Makers Brands

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1956, Pearl River

Company logo for Pearl River pianos.
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Pearl River piano company first established as the Guangzhou Piano Factory by the Chinese Government.

1959, Rhodes

Harold B. Rhodes, inventor of the Fender Rhodes piano.
Harold B. Rhodes, Inventor of the Fender Rhodes Piano. 1

Harold Rhodes (1910 – 2000) with the colloboration of Leo Fender (1909 – 1991) invented the electric “piano bass.“

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Shortchecker.  "Harold B. Rhodes / Inventor – Fender Rhodes Piano."  Photograph.  Online Video Still.  YouTube.  YouTube, 16 May 2013. Web.  18 Feb, 2016.  Standard YouTube License.
Additional References:
  • Pauley, Jared.  "A History of the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano."  Jazz.Com.  Jazz.Com, 23 July 2009.  Web.  18 Feb. 2016.
  • Rhodes Music Corporation.  "Redefining History."  RhodesPiano.Com.  Rhodes Music Corporation, 2011.  Web.  18 Feb. 2016.

1959, Kimball Jasper

The Kimball Company purchased by Jasper Corporation.

1961, Érard

Érard, Gaveau, and Pleyel merge.

1965, Rhodes Suitcase 73

The Fender Rhodes electric piano introduced, Suitcase 73.

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The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano. 1

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audiotech vr.  "The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano: An In Depth Review."  Online Video.  YouTube.  YouTube, 21 Aug. 2014.  Web.  18 Feb. 2016.  Standard YouTube License.

1969, Baldwin Hitch Pin

Schematic of Baldwin's patent for its hitch pin design.
Baldwin's Patent #3478635, 1969. 1

Patent awarded Baldwin for its Acu-JustTM Hitch Pin design, improving tonal resonance.

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"U.S. Patent # US 3478635 A,  Nov. 18, 1969 - Hitch Pin for Stringed Instruments."  Google Patents.  FI CLAIMS Patent Services, n.d.  Web.  18 Feb. 2016.  No Known Copyright Restrictions.

1971, Schimmel

Schimmel acquires Érard, Gaveau, and Pleyel.

1972, Roland

Roland, since 1972.
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Roland Corporation established by Ikutaro Kakehashi (b. 1930), in Japan.

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Images © Roland US, By Permission.

1973, Roland Electronic Piano

First all-electronic combo piano (EP-10) produced by Roland.

1974, Kimball International

The Jasper Corporation changed to Kimball International.

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