Yamaha is famous for motorbikes and musical instruments. It has also produced boats, propellers for warplanes, electric wheelchairs, jet skis and the first CD recorder. Photo: Getty ImagesYamaha is famous for motorbikes and musical instruments. It has also produced boats, propellers for warplanes, electric wheelchairs, jet skis and the first CD recorder. Photo: Getty Images
Yamaha is famous for motorbikes and musical instruments. It has also produced boats, propellers for warplanes, electric wheelchairs, jet skis and the first CD recorder. Photo: Getty Images

The story of Yamaha: the watchmaker that branched out into organs, motorbikes, and practically everything else

  • Watchmaker Torakusu Yamaha founded Nippon Gaki in 1887, first making reed organs, then other musical instruments
  • After World War II it resumed business, making motorbikes, boats, appliances, the first commercially successful digital synthesiser and CD recorder, and more

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Yamaha is famous for motorbikes and musical instruments. It has also produced boats, propellers for warplanes, electric wheelchairs, jet skis and the first CD recorder. Photo: Getty ImagesYamaha is famous for motorbikes and musical instruments. It has also produced boats, propellers for warplanes, electric wheelchairs, jet skis and the first CD recorder. Photo: Getty Images
Yamaha is famous for motorbikes and musical instruments. It has also produced boats, propellers for warplanes, electric wheelchairs, jet skis and the first CD recorder. Photo: Getty Images
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