Kimball Pianos Offer Reliability and Quality Tone
Kimball pianos are known in the music world as being “bullet-proof.” Even after years of neglect a Kimball can be restored and enjoyed by the most discerning pianists. For years, the W.W. Kimball Piano Company has been known for quality and performance in the music industry.
History of the Kimball Piano
The W.W. Kimball Piano Company of Chicago was founded in 1857 by William Wallace Kimball. The company began as a small piano dealer located in the corner of a jewelry store in Chicago and grew to be one of the most famous piano manufacturers in the country – and was one of the largest in the world. By 1864, Kimball had moved to its own exclusive sales rooms in the Crosby Opera House.
Over the course of the next 100 years, the company faced a number of highs and lows. All of its commercial assets were destroyed during The Great Chicago Fire, but W.W. Kimball continued selling pianos from his home and eventually rebuilt his dealership business.
Many believe the key to the Kimball Company’s growth was Kimball himself. He had a talent for sales and marketing, and he promoted sales of other manufacturers’ pianos nationwide. He also sold reed organs. Kimball began manufacturing its own brand of reed organs, which eventually led to the company’s own brand of these instruments. By the turn of the century, Kimball was manufacturing about 20,000 of its Kimball Piano models on an annual basis.
During World War II, Kimball switched to production of aircraft parts for military airplane manufacturers, but after the war returned to piano production. During the 1950s, Kimball built a new factory just outside of Chicago in Melrose Park, Illinois, but soon learned the company could not handle the high cost of operation amidst its flagging sales. The company slipped into financial crisis and fell from its spot as the world’s largest piano maker to the seventh place.
As a result of the struggle, the Kimball Company was sold to The Jasper American Corporation in 1959 and became Kimball International. The company continued to produce pianos until 1996, but now focuses on other pursuits, including furniture and electronics. To own one today, your only option is a used Kimball piano for sale.
About the Kimball Piano
A Kimball Piano is known for providing high-quality. They usually have a full tone in the bass register, but are less powerful in the treble and tenor when compared to other brands. Kimball pianos are considered appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players.
If you are interested in owning a Kimball Piano or you currently own a Kimball and you would like it restored, Chupp’s Piano service can help. We sell Kimball Pianos as they become available and we are happy to help you determine a Kimball Piano value. Contact us to learn more about buying a Kimball of your own.