Kimball Pianos | A History of one of the largest Piano Manufacturers
During the golden age of grand pianos, many different piano manufacturers competed to gain market share and establish themselves as an industry leader. Kimball specifically became one of the giants in the space, juggling both quality and affordability, while churning out grand and upright pianos on a scale seldom seen by piano manufacturers anywhere. However, like many of the great piano creators before and after, Kimball too would eventually find itself transitioning away from the piano business. Below we’ll go into the rise and fall of this grand piano titan and the legacy they’ve left behind. Here is the history of Kimball pianos.
Kimball Facts – Provided by William W. Kimball III
- “John Steinway sent the founder a number of pianos (I vaguely remember 100) to get started again after the Great Chicago Fire.” (At this time, Kimball was still operating solely as an instrument dealership.)
- “Priscilla Presley had us build a gold painted Kimball baby grand for Elvis – it’s still there at Graceland.”
- The “Madams” at the notorious Everleigh Club in Chicago asked WW (William W. Kimball) to build them a gold piano – he refused due to their “reputation”.