History

LUDWIG_HISTORY.jpgWelcome to Conn-Selmer, the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments and accessories.  The current company includes a portfolio of individual companies or brands that represent innovation, entrepreneurship, and a focus on musical excellence.  The Selmer Company, which was comprised of brands such as Vincent Bach, Selmer, Emerson, Ludwig, Musser, and
Glaesel was a leader in American craftsmanship with operations based out of Elkhart, Indiana.  In 1995, Selmer took ownership in the Steinway Piano Company to create base of legendary brands focused on the highest quality and reputation for musical performance and artistry.  In 1998, the Selmer Company and Steinway Musical became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: LVB). 

In 2002, the Selmer Company merged with United Musical Instruments (UMI) to form Conn-Selmer.  Like the Selmer Company, United Musical Instruments was built from brand legacies such as C.G. Conn, King, Benge, Armstrong, Artley, and Scherl & Roth.  In 2005, the Conn-Selmer Company acquired the G.Leblanc Corporation.  This brought another family of brand names such as Leblanc, Vito, Holton, Martin, and Yanagisawa into the largest US full-line manufacturer of band and orchestra instruments. In 2013, Conn-Selmer and Steinway changed from public companies to private ones when Paulson & Co became the new owner. 

As the industry has evolved, Conn-Selmer has been focused on two fundamental bases for each of these brands.  The focus on US manufacturing and the highest quality standards associated with this position can be seen in instruments produced in Elkhart, Indiana, Cleveland, Ohio, Eastlake, Ohio, Monroe North Carolina, and LaGrange, Illinois.  An unwavering support for music education and advocacy for the arts can be seen through leadership by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and the Conn-Selmer Division of Education. 

For the individual brand history of each of Conn-Selmer’s legacy brands, click on each of the icon’s below.

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