In 1959 the Jasper Corporation, a manufacturer of office furniture, bought the company and later changed its name to Kimball International. Its staff had no previous experience of producing pianos, and this showed, with over half of all the piano produced being returned to the factory. Production techniques did improve and were further aided by the acquisition of the great Austrian piano makers Bosendorfer in 1966 and the American firm Krakauer in 1980.
Until 1996 Kimball International continued to produce large quantities of low-priced instruments. In 1995 Kimball stopped making grand pianos and production of uprights stopped the following year. Bosendorfer still operates autonomously.
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