Steinway Musical Instruments

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Steinway Musical Instruments
Private
Industry Musical instruments
Founded 1995 (1995)
Number of locations
11 manufacturing facilities (2011)
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Michael T. Sweeney
Chairman of the board (since July 2011) and president & CEO (since October 2011)
Dennis M. Hanson
Senior executive vice president (since 1995)
Products Pianos
Brasswinds
Woodwinds
Strings
Percussion
Number of employees
1,680 (2011)
Divisions New York City, USA
Elkhart, Indiana, USA
Subsidiaries Steinway & Sons
Steinway Hall
Conn-Selmer
Kluge Klaviaturen
The O.S. Kelly Company
ArkivMusic

Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. is an American worldwide musical instrument manufacturing conglomerate.

Through acquisitions and mergers, the company has acquired a large number of musical instrument brand names and manufacturing facilities. It now owns manufacturers of pianos, brasswinds, woodwinds, strings, and percussion.[1][2][3][4][5]

The company sells its products through a worldwide network of dealers to professional, amateur and student musicians, as well as orchestras and educational institutions, under dozens of different brand names. Its most notable products include Steinway & Sons pianos, Bach Stradivarius trumpets, C.G. Conn French horns, Leblanc clarinets, King trombones, Ludwig snare drums, and Selmer saxophones and woodwinds.[6]

It employs a workforce of around 1,700 and operates 11 manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe.[7]

History[edit]

  • May 1995: Selmer Industries acquired Steinway Musical Properties, parent company of Steinway & Sons piano company.
  • July 1996: Selmer Industries was renamed "Steinway Musical Instruments".[8]
  • August 1996: Steinway Musical Instruments IPO.
  • January 1997: acquisition of Emerson, flute manufacturer.
  • December 1998: acquisition of Kluge Klaviaturen, piano key manufacturer.
  • March 1999: acquisition of Steinway Hall in New York City, prominent piano showroom with concert hall.
  • November 1999: acquisition of the O.S. Kelly Company, piano plate manufacturer.
  • January 2000: acquisition of Pianohaus Karl Lang, piano showroom and authorized Steinway piano dealer.
  • September 2000: acquisition of United Musical Instruments, brass instrument manufacturer.
  • January 2003: merger of the Selmer Company and United Musical Instruments into one entity under Conn-Selmer.
  • August 2004: acquisition of G. Leblanc, brass instrument manufacturer.
  • May 2008: acquisition of ArkivMusic, online retailer of recorded classical music.

Products[edit]

Current products[edit]

The company produces instruments under the following brand names:[6]

  • Pianos:
    • Steinway & Sons – pianos for the top-level market
    • Boston – pianos for the mid-level market
    • Essex – pianos for the entry-level market
  • Woodwinds:
    • Armstrong – flutes, piccolos
    • Avanti – flutes
    • Emerson – flutes, piccolos
    • Galway Spirit Flutes – flutes
    • Leblanc – clarinets
    • Selmer – saxophones, clarinets, flutes, oboes, bassoons
    • Vito – entry-level clarinets
  • Strings:
    • Glaesel – violins, violas, cellos, double basses
    • Scherl & Roth – violins, violas, cellos, double basses
    • Wm. Lewis & Son – violins, violas, cellos, double basses
  • Other:
    • ArkivMusic – classical music recordings
    • Listen: Life with Music & Culture – magazines
    • Rousseau – woodwind mouthpieces
    • Steinway & Sons Label – record label[9]

Discontinued products[edit]

  • Brasswinds:
    • Benge – trumpets, piccolo trumpets, trombones
    • Martin – trumpets, trombones
  • Woodwinds:
    • Artley
    • Noblet
    • Normandy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pianos". Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Brasswinds". Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Woodwinds". Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Strings". Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Percussion". Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Brands". Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ "About us". Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Form 10-Q – Quarterly report (Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc.)". Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. September 28, 1996. p. 12. Retrieved January 8, 2012. On July 3, 1996, the Company changed its name from Selmer Industries, Inc. to Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. 
  9. ^ "Steinway & Sons Announces New Record Label". Steinway & Sons. October 12, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 

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