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FEATURED BRANDS

BALDWIN — PIANO STATS

Original Piano Maker(s)

Dwight Hamilton Baldwin (1821 – 1899)

Date Established

1862

Original Location(s)

Cincinnati, Ohio

Notable Dates

  • 1873 — Baldwin partnered with Lucien Wulsin (1845-1912).
  • 1880 — Robert A. Johnson became a partner.
  • 1884 — Albert A. van Buren, George W. Armstrong, Jr., and Clarence Wulsin all became partners after Johnson passed away.
  • 1890 — Baldwin declares he wanted to manufacture “the best piano that could be built.”
  • c. 1891 — Baldwin built factory and manufacturered first Baldwin vertical piano, with designer John Warren Macy; it also became their headquarters.
  • 1895 — Baldwin introduced first Baldwin grand,also designed by Macy.
  • 1899 — Baldwin passed away and by 1900 Lucien Wulsin and George Armstrong took control over the company (with Wulsin at the helm).
  • 1900 — Baldwin grand won Grand Prix at the Paris Exhibition.

Notable Dates (cont.)

  • 1904 — Baldwin won Grand Prize at the St. Louis Exposition.
  • 1905 — Baldwin player piano introduced.
  • 1912 — After Wulsin’s death, George Armstrong, Jr. took charge of the company.
  • 1914 — Baldwin won Grand Prize at London.
  • 1926 — Lucien Wulsin II succeeded Armstrong as the head of the company.
  • 1946 — Baldwin introduced their electronic organ.
  • 1961 — Lucien Wulsin III succeeded his father and became president of the company.
  • 1974 — Dick Harrison succeeded Wulsin III and named president of the company.

Innovation(s) / Patent(s)

Current Owner(s)

Gibson Guitar Corporation; pianos manufactured in two factories in China.
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Page Sources

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[1]
Dolge, Alfred.  Pianos and Their Makers: A Comprehensive History of the Development of the Piano from the Monochord to the Concert Grand Player Piano, Volume 1.  Covina: Covina Publishing Company, 1911: pg. 348.  Google Books.  Web.  18 Nov.. 2015.
[2]
McKinney, Dan.  "Sampling My Baldwin Piano."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 20 Feb. 2014.  Web.  18 Nov. 2015.  Standard YouTube License.
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  • Baldwin.  "The Baldwin Legacy."  Baldwin Piano.  Baldwin, n.d.  Web.  18 Nov. 2015.
  • Scripophily.  "Baldwin Piano Company."  Scripophilly.Net.  Scripophily, n.d.  Web.  18 Nov. 2015.
  • Syracuse University Libraries.  "D.H. Baldwin Company Records."  Library.Syr.Edu.  Syracuse University Libraries, n.d.  Web.  18 Nov. 2015.
  • Fine, Larry.  "Baldwin."  PianoBuyer.  Brookside Press LLC, Spring 2012.  18 Nov. 2015.
  • Adams, Cynthia, et al.  "Baldwin."  OxfordMusicOnline.  Oxford University Press, 2007 – 2015.  Web.  18 Nov. 2015.
  • Palmieri, Robert, ed.  The Piano: An Encyclopedia.  2nd Edition.  New York: Routledge, June 1, 2004.  Google Books.  Web. 18 Nov. 2015.