Conn pianos have been labeled as “the piano that few know about”. This alias does not mean that it is not well-known, rather it gives the brand a mysterious look and a more curious appeal. The musical qualities of this piano stand at par with those of top tier musical instruments we have available today.
With the desire to establish a profitable line of keyboard instruments, the Conn Company bought out the Haddorff Piano Company of Rockford in Illinois in 1940. Hardoff is the parent company of Bush & Gerts Pianos.
In 1941, the company acquired Straube Piano Company of Chicago. The production of Straube pianos were abandoned in 1942, however, Conn continued to oversee the manufacture of Rockford pianos for another decade.
In 1964, Conn also purchased the Janssen Piano Company and under the leadership of Earle Kent, the company devoted much time to acoustic keyboard research. The result of this research led to the short-term production of the Conn piano.
Discussions for the sale of the Conn Company started in January of 1969 and by May of the same year the company had been sold to Crowell-Collier MacMillan, Inc. In 1970, Charles R. Walter, former employee of Conn Company, purchased the Conn piano line and established the Walter Piano Co. in Elkhart, Indiana.
In 1980, the Kimball Piano Co. purchased the Conn name. When Kimball ceased manufacturing in 1996, it sold the Conn trademark and Kimball's piano production equipment to Chinese firm, Artfield Piano Ltd., who continued to produce pianos with the Conn name. By 2006, distribution in the USA was discontinued.
Earle Kent’s acoustic keyboard research proved to be very valuable as the results have made the pianos very sophisticated. Although some of his research results were abandoned, the previous influence of his studies lives on with every Conn piano we see today.
Each part of every piano is carefully planned, chosen (and imported) from where appropriate. Every mechanism is also well thought out. The designs were carefully crafted to ensure optimum results in every piano playing experience of anyone who plays this instrument.
The tagline gained by the name Conn (the piano few know about) simply summarizes the mystery and curiosity of each instrument. You will have to play a Conn piano for you to discover the rich, full and heavenly sound that this piano gives to every piano player.