Yamaha: Model U1 Studio (1971)
‘In 1887, Torakusu Yamaha, built Japan’s first reed organ and founded Yamaha Reed Organ Manufacturing. In 1899 Yamaha built their pianos under the name Nippon Gakki, Ltd. At the start of the 1930’s they continued to expand their operations, first into musical instruments, then into consumer products (like sporting goods and furniture), and lastly internationally.’(Fine, Pg. 153)
‘During the 1960’s they began exporting pianos into the United States. In 1973 they acquired a well-known American piano manufacturer (Everett Piano Co. in South Haven , Michigan). From 1973-1986 they manufactured completely different lines of verticals and grands from the Japanese factory and the Michigan factory. In late 1986 they discontinued their Everett line and moved all of their American production to Thomaston, Georgia.’(Fine, Pg. 153)
Yamaha has now ceased production in Thomaston, Georgia and has expanded their manufacturing plants into other off-shore locations. During the late 1990’s and early 2000’s they acquired the Cable Nelson brand.
Yamaha builds a verity of products, and today they are the largest piano builder and one of the largest manufacturers of consumer goods in the world. Their success is due in part to their outstanding quality in every aspect of the manufacturing process. If you would also like to check out are new inventory of Yamaha pianos, just give us a call or e-mail us. Ellis Piano is proud to carry the Yamaha and Cable-Nelson line and we currently we have one of our largest selections of Yamaha’s that we have had in 30 years. No matter whether your a hobbiest or a professional pianist, let us know how we can help you find your passion for piano!
Dates in History:
Fine, Larry. The Piano Book. 4th. Boston: Brookside Press, 2001. 153. Print.