Baldwin Piano Company is one of the most famous names in the American piano world, having sold more pianos in the U.S. than any other brand over the last century. Second only to Steinway in selection and fame by the great American concert halls, Baldwin has been a heavy-weight in the industry for many years. Baldwin was established in Cincinnati in 1862 as a retail enterprise and began manufacturing its own line of pianos in 1890. Throughout most of the 20th century, the company was considered one of the most successful and financially stable piano makers in the United States.
The New Baldwin Piano: Because of increased foreign competition and new ownership, Baldwin ceased regular piano production at its only remaining U.S. factory, in Trumann, Arkansas, at the end of 2008, though the facility remains open as a U.S. distribution and service center. Baldwin currently manufactures vertical pianos for the U.S. market in a factory it owns in China. It also contracts with Parsons Music to have grand pianos made under the Baldwin name. Premium features include a maple rim, sand-cast plate, solid Alaskan Sitka spruce soundboard, duplex scaling, real ebony-wood sharps, German Röslau music wire, German Abel hammers, and a slow-close fallboard. A great example is the 5’5” model BP 165, which combines great power and rich tone in a modest sized grand piano.
Baldwin has re-created versions of most of its former U.S. vertical models. Models B342 and B442 are 43″ consoles, in attractive furniture styles similar to those of the former Acrosonic models. Model B243 is similar to the famous Baldwin Hamilton studio, the most popular school piano ever built, with toe-block construction. Model B252 is a nearly exact replica of the former 52″ model 6000 upright, with Accu-just hitch pins. In addition to re-creating versions of former U.S. vertical models, Baldwin has also created a number of new models to fit the budget of every family. By combining the knowledge and oversight of American owned Baldwin Piano with the efficiency and cost effectiveness of Asian manufacturing, Baldwin Piano offers you a high quality piano for an affordable price.