Gemeinhardt

Gemeinhardt

Gemeinhardt Co. is the music industry's largest exclusive manufacturer of flutes and piccolos. These musical instruments are developed by this company for all levels of musicians, beginners to professionals.

History

Gemeinhardt Co. was founded by Kurt Gemeinhardt, who was a fourth generation flute maker. Born in Germany, Gemeinhardt served an apprenticeship under his father. In 1928, Kurt traveled to Elkhart, Indiana to produce musical instruments. After twenty years of doing this, Kurt Gemeinhardt opened his own manufacturing facility, The Gemeinhardt Company. In 1952, the Gemeinhardt factory was expanded to meet growing demands for all silver flutes. Less expensive, mid-priced models were also developed, and soon after that, entry-level flutes were produced.

In 1997, Gemeinhardt Company acquired the Roy Seaman Piccolo Company, a company renowned for their handcrafted grenadilla wood piccolos used by professionals worldwide. Today, Gemeinhardt, under its parent company Gemstone Musical Instruments, manufactures student, intermediate and professional flutes, alto flutes, bass flutes, custom head joints and piccolos in a number of locations, including the Elkhart factory built by Kurt Gemeinhardt in 1951.

As part of the terms of a 2005 sale to the New York-based equity firm Brookstone Partners, Gemeinhardt Co., Inc. became Gemeinhardt Co., LLC, part of the parent organization Gemstone Musical Instruments. Based in Elkhart, Indiana, Gemstone Musical Instruments produces and distributes musical instruments from the student to high-end professional level under nine names: Gemeinhardt Flute Co., Roy Seaman Piccolo Company, Sankyo Flute Company, Trevor J. James & Co. Woodwinds, W. Nirschl brass, Brio! Flutes, Andino Clarinets, Stephanhouser Saxophones and Artisan Strings.

Instrument Models Currently In Production

Flutes

*2NP flute
*2SP flute
*2SPCH flute
*3 flute
*3B flute
*3SB flute
*3S flute
*3SHB flute
*3SH flute
*2SH flute
*2S flute
*Kurt Gemeinhardt Millennium Standard flute
*Kurt Gemeinhardt Millennium Limited flute
*23SS flute
*33SB flute
*33SSB flute
*Kurt Gemeinhardt Limited flute
*10ASH alto flute
*10ASHCH alto flute
*10AS alto flute
*10ASCH alto flute
*20BSP bass flute
*21BSP bass flute

Piccolos

*4P piccolo
*4PMH piccolo
*4PSH piccolo
*4SP piccolo
*4SH piccolo
*4S piccolo
*4SS piccolo
*4W piccolo
*4WSSK piccolo
*Kurt Gemeinhardt Limited piccolo
*Roy Seaman Signature piccolo

External links

* [http://www.gemeinhardt.com Gemeinhardt Co. Website]
* [http://www.gemstonemusical.com Gemstone Website]
* [http://www.venture-magazine.com/content_archives/Fall06/10.html Venture Magazine article on Gemstone]


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