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date: 26 February 2020

CBS Musical Instrumentslocked

  • Leonard Burkat


A division created in 1966 by the Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. (CBS, Inc., from 1974), to manage and expand its instrument business. The corporation had entered the field in 1965 with the acquisition of Fender (electric guitars and electric bass guitars, Fender-Rhodes pianos, and V.C. Squier strings) and Electro-Music (Leslie speakers for electronic organs), to which Rogers (drums) was added in 1966. CBS Musical Instruments operated first as part of the Columbia Records Division, both of which became part of a corporate group in 1966. Later acquisitions were Buchla (synthesizers, 1969–71), Steinway (pianos, 1972), Gulbransen (electronic organs, 1973), Gemeinhardt (flutes, 1977), Lyon & Healy (harps, 1977), and Rodgers (electronic organs, 1977); from 1982 to 1985 the Chroma synthesizer and two electronic pianos, acquired from ARP, were marketed by the Fender unit. In 1980, Electro-Music (Leslie) was sold to the Hammond Corporation. In 1985...

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