Yamaha and the Pursuit of Perfection
For nearly a century and a half, Yamaha has been perfecting their craft. Founded as a reed organ manufacturer by Torakusu Yamaha in 1887, the Yamaha Corporation quickly shifted their focus to producing pianos at the turn of the 20th century, bringing their first piano to market in the year 1900. Since then, Yamaha has ventured into the production of many other products – most notably their motorcycles, boat engines, woodwind/brass instruments, and electronic equipment – but they have never strayed far from their roots. Yamaha has continuously produced pianos every year (with the exception of three years during World War II) since 1900.
This storied history of producing premium acoustic pianos has been instrumental in solidifying Yamaha’s place as a top tier piano maker. Decades and decades of information and hands-on knowledge from their craftsman has been an extremely valuable resource, and is certainly a major reason why Yamaha’s pianos are so exceptional. Additionally, Yamaha wholly acquired all rights in 2007 to Bösendorfer, the famed Austrian piano manufacturer known for creating some of the richest, warmest sounding pianos on the market. This acquisition may have heavily influenced the recent modifications in design – that have been winning Yamaha’s CX Series pianos numerous prestigious international design awards – and has firmly solidified Yamaha pianos among the very best in the world. Yamaha’s CX Series grand pianos have become a staple in international piano competitions, often times unseating places long held by Steinway & Sons. Yamaha’s strict attention to detail, an insistence of using only the best materials, and superior design specifications has firmly established Yamaha as the world’s premiere piano manufacturer.
If you consider yourself a piano player and have not played a new Yamaha piano, I urge you to come by the Piano Emporium and try them out! They will make a believer out of you.