(SEE ALSO: ELLINGTON, HAMILTON, HOWARD, VALLEY GEM, OHIO VALLEY PIANO COMPANY & MONARCH) The Baldwin Piano Company (also known as D.H. Baldwin) has always been one of the most widely recognized names in the American piano industry. The company was established by Dwight Hamilton Baldwin in Cincinnati in 1862 and is one of the most famous and celebrated of all American piano manufactuteres.
During the early and middle 20th Century, Baldwin enjoyed many celebrity endorsements because of their superior quality. Many famous artists including Liberace and "The Lawrence Welk Show" used Baldwin pianos exclusively. Baldwin enjoyed great success during the 20h Century, but later declined until being sold in the 1990's and relocated to Arkansas and Missouri. Today, Baldwin is owned by the famous Gibson Guitar Company, with production once again resuming in the South.
Baldwin built several different lines of pianos under the "House of Baldwin" label including Acrosonic, Ellington, Hamilton, Howard, Valley Gem, Monarch, St. Regis, Modello and Manualo.