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In 1979 Samick had developed new automated production facilities that reduced the need for skilled employees and increased production with the benefit of maintaining quality standards. That same year they purchased the Kohler and Campbell piano brand.By 1982 Samick opened a branch office in Germany to introduce their brand to the European market. The company had claimed the number one spot for grand piano sales by the end of 1995.With a manufacturing capability of more than one million guitars per year in factories in Korea, Indonesia, China, and the United States, Samick also ranks as the world's leading stringed instrument producer.
They gained another plus when the acquired Knabe pianos that same year.
And in 1973 Samick was diversified in its production and changed its name to the Samick Musical Instruments Mfg. Samick’s thrust was the export market, especially the United States.
To facilitate this, a branch office was opened in 1978 in Los Angeles California.
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Every new info about an instrument that you submit to the Registry database will add to the quality and accuracy of this research – and improve the knowledge shared with you on this website.Faced with economic issues in Korea and most of Asia, in 1996 the company filed for bankruptcy protection.