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Yamaha has become the world's largest manufacturer of musical instruments, some of which include drums, guitars, pianos and violins, as well as producing brass instruments and technical recording or sound equipment.

Yamaha was first founded back in 1887 specialising in the manufacturering of pianos and reed organs. The company's found Torakusu Yamaha named it Nippon Gakki Company, Limited.  Despite selling multiple products in a huge umbrella of fields, Yamaha can still be seen to show their musical origins by the group's logo—a trio of interlocking tuning forks.

In 1989, Yamaha made history by shipping the world's first ever CD recorder. The company then wisely invested its money, buying  majority shares (51%) of their famous and successful competitor Korg in 1987, which was subsequently re-bought by Korg in 1993.