21st Century Piano Companies Manufacture 19th Century Technology
Yamaha, Steinway and Sons, Baldwin, Kawai, Mason &
Hamlin, Schimmel, Pearl River, Seiler, Bosendorfer, Ritmuller, Samick,
Bechstein and others
manufacture and produce a product that originates from and is based on 19th
companies such as Steinway & Sons, hire piano engineers, who design the pianos and artisans who
work to assemble them. In turn, they work hand in hand
with their dealers, technicians, movers, refinishers to fulfill the
promise and potential of their products. Many companies hire or enlist
the support of world class Concert Pianists to help them promote their
products. For instance, one will often hear of the latest Steinway
Artist who is playing their concert grand in a Steinway concert hall.
in the 21st century are still an old world technology, the
means of manufacturing and servicing pianos has kept pace with the
rapid and frequent changes in technology in the 20th and 21st century.
While there were literally millions of pianos built during the 19th and
20th centuries, the bulk of the global piano industry resulted from
U.S. manufacturing prowess during the Industrial Revolution.
1880’s to the 1930’s, the piano was the product that
facilitated entertainment, performing arts, supported the joy, and
sharing of music on a grassroots level from local bars to peoples
homes. In the early 20th century, the piano industry was one of the
fastest growing and most popular industries in the United States. At
present, it is a very tiny but significant industry because at its
core, the piano is about making music.
companies manufacture full lines of acoustic uprights, grand’s,
baby grand’s, concert grand’s and some like Yamaha
integrate the modern version of the old player mechanism called the
Disclavier, into their instruments. Piano Disc is another version of
playing mechanism that can be retrofit into most models of piano. Piano
Disc also happens to own the incomparable Mason & Hamlin Piano
Recent Changes in the Global Economy
become a huge factor in the piano industry. Whereas, the U.S. used to
export many of the pianos to other countries, now many units are
imported from China and Asia. Yamaha Piano Company just recently moved
their American plants to Asia in order to improve their economic
competitiveness. One way to get exhaustive information about the piano
industry is to read Music
Trades Magazine, which chronicles the music industry in the U.S. from the
beginning to present.