Yamaha

The Yamaha Corporation is a world leader in the manufacturing of pro-audio equipment. Yamaha products are top sellers at Musik Produktiv; these top quality products offer a great value for their money.

Founded in Hamamatsu, Japan by Torakusu Yamaha in 1887, the company has always been music orientated, thus, signified by the 3 tuning forks in the company logo. Originally Torakusu had been working as an instrument conservator, but started making own organs by 1889. In 1897 the Nippon Gakki Co. Ltd was founded, Torakusu became president.

In 1990 Yamaha started the production of pianos, two years later the first Grand’s were built. The first international attention was gained in 1904 when the company won the Honory Grand Prize for Pianos and Harmonies at the St. Louis World’s Fair. In 1914 the first Yamaha Harmonika was made. In 1922 Yamaha started to produce gramophones. In 1930 Yamaha opened the first ever acoustic lab and in 1942 the first acoustic guitar was made.

11 years later Yamaha expanded outside of Asia. In 1959 the Yamaha Technical Laboratories were set up. In the same year the first electronic instrument, the E-Organ was launched. In 1960 the first American office was opened. In 1965 wind instruments were added to the range, only a year later the company opened it´s first European office in Germany and started distributing guitars and drums.

In 1968 Yamaha introduced it´s first Hi-Fi-stereo equipment. In 1974 the portfolio was extended with speakers (Yamaha NS1000M), synthesizers (Yamaha CSY-1) and mixers (Yamaha PM-1000). In 1982 Yamaha made the first CD-players and the first disklavier. One year later Yamaha introduced the first FM synthesis based synthesizer, the Yamaha DX7, over 160.000 units were sold and it´s sound had a huge impact on the music of the 80´s. Since 1987 (the 100th anniversary of Yamaha) the official company name is YAMAHA CORPORATION.

In 1989 Yamaha introduced the first CD-Recorder. Yamaha was acquiring many small music instrument manufacturers at that time and even buying large shares of larger companies. Since 1993 Yamaha holds the majority of KORG shares, but KORG stayed an independent company with individual products. In 2004 the Stagea a further electronic organ was introduced and the famous music software company Steinberg was acquired. Here is a small range of the best known Yamaha products : Yamaha DX7-Serie (synthesizer), Yamaha PSR-D1, Yamaha SY77, Yamaha SY99, Yamaha Tyros-series (belongs to the PSR-series) (keyboards), Yamaha Clavinova-series, Yamaha PSR-series (Keyboards) and Yamaha Motif-series.