Music is intrinsically meaningful to the human race as it has been hardwired to affect their actions and emotions. The musical instruments that musicians use to produce their music are their most coveted possessions. When compared to most other global industries, musical instruments turn out to be quite a significant business with the US alone making a little less than $7 billion.
That being said, it would be quite interesting to know who the big players among the musical Instruments companies are. While the names might not be surprising, their ranking might be:
The popular Japanese multinational conglomerate with an immense range of products and services was established in 1897 with a capital of 100,000 yen. The corporation, founded by Torakusu Yamaha, is primarily known for power sports equipment, electronics, and a variety of musical instruments like “silent” pianos, pianos, guitars, violins, vibraphones, brass instruments, drums, violas, and woodwinds. The company has become a leading manufacturer of computer-related products, home appliances, specialty metals, industrial robots, audio/visual equipment, semiconductors, and sporting goods.
- Guangzhou Pearl River Piano Group
The largest piano factory in the world, Guangzhou Pearl River Piano Group, was established in 1956. Apart from pianos, the company is also one of the largest manufacturers of guitars and violins. The company also sells drums, woodwind, and brass instruments. The company rank of the group stands at 1814 in China in 2022.
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A manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment, and software, the Japanese company Roland Corporation was founded on April 18, 1972, in Osaka by Ikutaro Kakehashi with a capital of 33 million yen. The company has its headquarters in Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture. Roland Corporation has become the leading distributor and manufacturer of electronic musical instruments like synthesizers, keyboards, digital recording equipment, guitar products, amplifiers, electronic percussion, and audio processing devices.
Founded by Mr. Hailun Chen and Mrs. Faye Chen, the Hailun Piano Company is one of the largest manufacturers and sellers of pianos in the world. With more than 20 years of successful manufacturing, the brand has become a prestigious name when it comes to pianos. After entering into a partnership with Mr. Veletzky, the company was able to incorporate the talents of those like George F. Emerson, Zlatkovic Sibin, Ema Shigeru, and Stephen Paulello, ensuring long-term quality, artistic production, and innovation.
The most popular choice when it comes to guitars, the American manufacturer specializes in a variety of musical instruments, as well as professional and consumer electronics. Founded in 1902 by Orville Gibson, the company has its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. The company sells its guitars under a wide variety of brand names, while the Gibson Memphis shop predominantly focuses on building hollow and semi-hollow body guitars.
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An American subsidiary of Samsung Group focused on designing and engineering products for automakers, consumers, and enterprises around the world, Harman International Industries, specializes in products like audio and visual products, connected car systems, and enterprise automation and connected services. With its headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, Harman markets its products under more than twenty brands, including JBL, Infinity, AMX, Crown Audio, DigiTech, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, BSS Audio, Soundcraft, AKG Acoustics, Martin, dbx, and Revel. Harman International became a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics on March 10, 2017.
Founded by Sidney N. Shure in 1925 as a radio parts kits supplier in Chicago, Illinois, Shure Incorporated became a professional and consumer audio-electronics manufacturer of wireless microphone systems, discussion systems, microphones, phonograph cartridges, digital signal processing, mixers, high-end earphones, headphones, and personal monitor systems.
- Steinway Musical Instruments
A global music instrument manufacturing giant, Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc, was founded in 1995 and has its headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA. With a large number of subsidiary brands, the company owns manufacturers of strings, brasswinds, woodwinds, percussion, and pianos. Some of its most notable products include Bach Stradivarius trumpets, Ludwig snare drums, Selmer saxophones woodwinds, Steinway & Sons pianos, Leblanc clarinets, King trombones, and C.G. Conn French horns.
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A private German audio company, Sennheiser specializes in the production and design of a wide range of high-fidelity products such as headphones, microphones, avionics headsets, and telephone accessories for professional, business, and personal applications. With its headquarters at Wennebostel, Germany, Sennheiser was founded on 1 June 1945, by Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser. The company is known for its high-quality products like consumer headphones and headphone transducers, microphones, conference and tour guide systems, transmission technology, and monitor systems.
- Fender Musical Instruments
The American musical instrument brand specializing in stringed instruments like guitars, and amplifiers, was founded in 1946 by Clarence Leonidas Fender. With its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, the company is famous for its bass and solid-body electric guitars. The company also manufactures instruments like electric basses, banjos, mandolins, acoustic guitars, electric violins, bass amplifiers, guitar amplifiers, and PA equipment.
The above names have proven to be some of the best instruments companies through their quality, service, and stability. Studies have proven the industry to be an ever-growing one because music will exist as long as the human race does.
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