The Details and the Corporate History of Conn-Selmer
Vincent Bach International is a subsidiary of Conn-Selmer Inc. a world leading manufacturer of musical instruments. Vincent Bach International distribute the portfolio of brands under the umbrella of Conn Selmer Inc. across the UK and Ireland, which includes a wide range of instruments for student, amateur and professional use. With a tradition of innovation and superior musical performance, brands such as Vincent Bach, C.G. Conn, King, Holton, Selmer, Armstrong, Leblanc, Ludwig, Musser, and Scherl & Roth have earned a legacy of respect unparalleled by any other builders.
With a focus on quality craftsmanship, Conn-Selmer operates U.S. production facilities in Elkhart, Indiana, Eastlake, Ohio and Monroe, North Carolina. Through its educational outreach team, Conn-Selmer is the industry leader in providing support and advocacy tools specifically tailored to music education whilst Vincent Bach International support the education across the UK and Ireland from our offices based in London.
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 a 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 U.S. 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.
Conn-Selmer, Inc. is a subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc..