Yamaha Piano Company currently manufactures a
full line of grand, baby grand and upright
pianos satisfying the needs of consumers. Unlike
many American piano manufactures, past and
present who exclusively manufactured
acoustic pianos, Yamaha, makes motorcycles
and other motorized vehicles and also has a
substantial business in electronic instruments,
accessories and band instruments. The Japanese
approach to their manufacturing sector is to
combine a multitude of products and industries
under a parent company.
In 1988, they
added a 145,000 square foot band instrument plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here is a brief
list of Yamaha electronic keyboard products that
are currently sold.
- Digital Pianos
- Digital Baby Grands
In the late 1870's, the piano industry was
just beginning to take its early baby steps in
Japan. Torakusu Yamaba had just ben recognized in his musical instrument
business in 1880. In 1885 he manufactured an
organ and helped create the Japanese Musical
Instrument Manufacturing Company. Torakusu
Yamaba became president of the Company in
In 1960, American piano manufacturers who were struggling to wait out a stagnant market place, were also challenged by the arrival of Japanese pianos.
Nippon Gakki established Yamaha in Los Angeles, 1960 and began shipping their pianos to the United States. The first year they shipped 250 pianos. The gained their early success by offering a quality
product at an extremely low price.
U.S. piano companies filed suit with the ITC
asking for tariffs to fight Japanese imports. The vice-president of Baldwin Piano, Morely Thompson led United States piano manufacturers in requesting that the
tariffs be raised.
US and Japaneses piano manufacturers argued their postitions to the ITC. The U.S. argued that cheap imports
caused several American companies including Lest, Starck, Krakauers and would like cause many more to go out of business, even if the
economy remained health. Of course, Yamaha disputed such claims that Japanese imports were too minimal to pose a threat. At that time, the
total number of Japanese pianos that were imported to the U.S. amounted to 10,000 units.
The ITC ruled to delay the tariff cut of 8% to 1976.
In the present, Yamaha has currently achieved the highest status in the piano
industry as a manufacturer to contend with. I find servicing their pianos to be a pleasure. You can count on their products to be very consistent and reliable
while the company makes every effort to back their products and technicians in the field.
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