The Baldwin Piano Company is an American piano brand. It was once the largest US-based manufacturer of keyboard instruments and known by the slogan, “America’s Favorite Piano”.
Original Piano Maker(s)
Dwight Hamilton Baldwin (1821 – 1899)
1873 — Baldwin partnered with Lucien Wulsin (1845-1912).
1880 — Robert A. Johnson became a partner.
1884 — Albert A. van Buren, George W. Armstrong, Jr., and Clarence Wulsin all became partners after Johnson passed away.
1890 — Baldwin declares he wanted to manufacture “the best piano that could be built.”
c. 1891 — Baldwin built factory and manufacturered first Baldwin vertical piano, with designer John Warren Macy; it also became their headquarters.
1895 — Baldwin introduced first Baldwin grand,also designed by Macy.
1899 — Baldwin passed away and by 1900 Lucien Wulsin and George Armstrong took control over the company (with Wulsin at the helm).
1900 — Baldwin grand won Grand Prix at the Paris Exhibition.
Notable Dates (cont.)
1904 — Baldwin won Grand Prize at the St. Louis Exposition.
1905 — Baldwin player piano introduced.
1912 — After Wulsin’s death, George Armstrong, Jr. took charge of the company.
1914 — Baldwin won Grand Prize at London.
1926 — Lucien Wulsin II succeeded Armstrong as the head of the company.
1946 — Baldwin introduced their electronic organ.
1961 — Lucien Wulsin III succeeded his father and became president of the company.
1974 — Dick Harrison succeeded Wulsin III and named president of the company.
Innovation(s) / Patent(s)
1956 — Awarded patent for Trinkle (41 Ply Pinblock).
1960s — Awarded patent for Acu-JustTM Hitch Pin Design.
Gibson Guitar Corporation; pianos manufactured in two factories in China.
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