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Factory Tours USA

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Factory Tours USA

13 Tours in Musical Instrument Manufacturers

Santa Rosa, CA

When Alembic started back in 1969, our goal was to create the finest quality American made instruments ever known. This philosophy applies to all products that we offer.

While we are best known for our basses, we also make outstanding guitars, preamps, and accessories. Please peruse these product pages to find out more about them.

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Cunningham Piano Company
Philadelphia, PA

Tour one of the largest and oldest piano restoration factories in existence and watch as musical treasures are brought back to life. Patrick J. Cunningham founded Cunningham Piano Company and Factory in 1891. His leadership, commitment to quality, and a great business sense made Cunningham Piano Company one of Philadelphia's most respected piano makers.

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Deering Banjo
Spring Valley, CA

In all walks of life you'll find people content to rest on past accomplishments, fame or glory. Two years ago or twenty, they remind you incessantly of what they did. Ask them what they've done lately, though, and you find yourself facing a blank stare.

Then there are those who are never satisfied; who are continually perfecting and innovating, experimenting with new ideas and trying to improve on the old. So it is with the folks at Deering Banjo Company in Lemon Grove, Cal.

Twenty years ago Greg and Janet Deering started out with a dream to build ...
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Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
Corona, CA

Make History
Experience more than 8,000 square feet of exhibits featuring hundreds of instruments, amps, photos, historical artifacts, interactive displays and more that give guests from all over the world a fascinating, educational and unforgettable firsthand look at the entire Fender story from 1946 to today.

Enjoy browsing and shopping for apparel, accessories, collectibles and other items in the retail shop, purchase an instrument in the Guitar Specialty Store, embark on the Fender Factory and Custom Shop tour, and enter the "Wood Vault," where you can design and purchase your very own Fender American Design instrument.

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Gibson Guitar Factory
Memphis, TN

Take the Gibson guided tour with a knowledgeable "honest to goodness" musician. Learn how our talented craftspeople combine their skills with the latest in guitar technology to hand shape a silent block of wood, and, as if by magic, turn it into a beautiful musical instrument with a voice all its own.

See and hear how, for over 100 years, Gibson has helped make the world of music what it is today and sets the tempo for where it's going tomorrow.

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Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
Perkasie, PA

Multi-String Electric Bass Pioneer Ken Smith has developed or introduced many of the innovations used on today?s basses which are now industry standards. Some of these include Printed Circuit Board Electronics, Graphite Inlaid Neck, Detented Balance and EQ controls, Low ?B? Design .128 and .130, and Taper Core Bass Strings. Ken Smith hand picks the wood for every bass from our in-house lumberyard, which features over 20 species of aged tonewoods. Visitors to the factory are awestruck by what is probably the largest collection and variety of acclimated musical-grade woods in the world. Inspired by the techniques of ...
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Martin Guitar Company
Nazareth, PA

The C.F. Martin Company factory tour is a memorable experience for families and business travelers. We take great pride in the guitars and strings we produce. In fact, we're so proud that we open our doors every weekday for a tour at 11 am. It's the best way we know to show our deep commitment to building premium guitars and strings. From the moment you walk into our factory, you'll get a fascinating view of how our world-renowned acoustic guitars and strings are made, and see the innovation and artistry that have shaped the Martin legend throughout its rich history.

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Moog Music Inc.
Asheville, NC

See how the Moog synthesizers and electronic instruments are handmade. Also they have all the instruments setup in a room where you can try them all out!

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Original American Kazoo Company
Eden, NY

The Original American Kazoo Company was established in 1916 and is now the only original metal kazoo factory in the world. The museum highlights history, amusing trivia, and shows step by step the way kazoos are made.

Kazoos of all shapes and sizes are permanently displayed in the museum. Our collection chronicles the history of kazoos as well as the factory. Display cases contain several types of wooden kazoos, liquor bottle shaped kazoos that celebrated the end of prohibition, antique kazoo instruments, silver and gold kazoos, and many more. From the museum space, you can view kazoos being made on ...
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Reuter Organ Company
Lawrence, KS

We offer tours of the manufacturing facility to groups of all sizes. We request you call to make a reservation. Groups with more than six people must call to make arrangements. We look forward to seeing you at Reuter!

Visit the home of the Reuter Organ Company. Where Modern technology and old-world craftsmanship produces the finest organs made today.

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Steinway & Sons
Long Island City, NY

Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft on Varick Street. Henry was a master cabinet maker who built his first piano in the kitchen of his Seesen, Germany home. By the time Henry established Steinway & Sons, he had built 482 pianos. The first piano produced by the company, number 483, was sold to a New York family for $500. It is now displayed at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Over the next forty years, Henry and his sons, Henry Jr., Albert, C.F. Theodore, William, and Charles, developed ...
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Taylor Guitars
El Cajon, CA

Seated in his neat, spacious office in Taylor Guitars' factory complex in El Cajon, California, company co-founder and CEO Kurt Listug cannot stifle a laugh as he studies a faded snapshot. The photograph, mined from the depths of an old cardboard box filled with dusty memorabilia, depicts the original Taylor shop on its very first day of existence -- October 15, 1974.

On the left, pony-tailed, 22-year-old employee Tim Luranc is examining something, while then-part-owner Steve Schemmer shovels water from the floor into a bucket. A companion photo shows the adjoining room on the same day. Crude, garish, overhead ...
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Walter Piano Company
Elkhart, IN

The story of Walter Piano Company is the story of a man and his family. Born in 1927, Charles R. Walter grew up in the rural American setting of Watseka, Illinois. His early life was that of a baker's son, but young Charles soon showed interest in things technical and scientific.

In 1947 Charles entered the University of Illinois. Four years later he graduated from the School of Engineering Physics with a Bachelor's Degree and a new bride at his side, the former Barbara McCullough also of Watseka, Illinois.

In 1964 Mr. Walter joined C.G. Conn, Ltd. and ...
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