When his watch-making business failed, young Torakusu Yamaha turned his master craftsman skills to repairing medical equipment. Then fate intervened. Yamaha was asked to repair a school’s prized American-made organ. He became fascinated with the design of the instrument and the rest, as they say, is history.
In 1887, the Yamaha Organ Company produced its first organ. By the early 1900s, Yamaha was also making its own line of pianos. The company name was changed to Nippon Gakki Co., Japanese Musical Instrument Company. In 1966, the company produced its first trumpet.
Today, the Yamaha Corporation is the world’s largest full-line musical instrument manufacturer.
In addition to manufacturing top quality musical instruments, the company also is committed to supporting music education in communities and schools.
Chesbro Music Company stocks the student line of Yamaha instruments.