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INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
The global market for musical instruments is increasing tremendously. Some of the top global companies making musical instruments are: Yamaha Corp., Casio Computer Co. Ltd., Steinway Musical Instruments, , Baldwin Piano & Organ Co Kawai Musical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd., Petrof Spol SRO, Pearl River Piano Group Ltd., Roland Corp., Samick Musical Instruments Co. Ltd., Inc., Boston Piano Co., Kemble & Company, and Young Chang Co. Ltd.
GLOBAL STATISTICS
The percentage growth in world import of musical instruments is recorded as 13.40% ( US$ 38,807.5 million) for year 2003. United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France, China, Canada, and Japan are major importing countries of musical instruments. Countries with steep growth in musical instruments import are: United Kingdom (71.28%), China (31.76%), Singapore (25.37%), and Italy (22.71%).

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The percentage growth in world export of musical instruments is recorded as 16.09% ( US$38,966.8 million ) in 2003. Major export countries of musical instruments are: United States, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Ireland, United Kingdom, China, and France. The growth in musical instrument export for some countries is: USA (2.83%), Germany (16.91%), Japan (16.92%), UK (2.44%), China (37.61%), France (13.34%).
COUNTRY STATISTICS
Germany : consists of 68 small and medium-sized musical instrument companies, which depend heavily on musical instrument exports – 62.2% of production is exported. Total sales of EUR 413.2 million was recorded in 2004. Musical instruments worth EUR 234.1 million were imported in Germany. Japan, China and US are main importers of Germany.

United States : consists of around 550 musical instrument manufacturing companies. The total annual revenue is US$2billion, with 50 biggest companies holding more than 80% of the total market. Major products are string instruments, which account for 20% of the market. Woodwind instruments account for 10% of the market. In 2006, export revenue was recorded as whooping $558,271,000 and import revenue was recorded as $599,756,000.

China :Musical instrument industry grew rapidly in 2003 setting an unprecedented record of 3.59 million units, with percussion instruments, wind instruments, accordions and mouth organs making a total of 1.00 million units. Stringed instruments(Y5.8 billion), wind instruments(Y5.2 billion), electric and electronic instruments (Y13.2 billion) constituted 78.9% of total musical instrument export in 2003.
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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS



A device constructed to produce musical sounds is known as Musical Instrument. The academic study of musical instruments is known as organology. Historians consider human body as the first musical instrument as it generates vocal and percussion sounds. In China, flutes made of bone and as old as 9000years have been discovered.

The chief material used in making musical instrument is wood, copper, brass, silver, and gold. More than 200 different tree species are used to make these instruments, such as, Ebonies, rosewoods and Mahoganies. These trees are famous for their resonance power and beauty in making musical instruments.

Types of musical instruments
There is no universal single classification of musical instruments. One instrument may belong to more than one category. However, they are broadly divided into following categories based on the way the sound is produced.

Brass Instruments
Brass Instruments
Musical instruments, producing tones by vibration of the lips, are not only made of brass metal but also of wood.
  
Trumpets
Trumpets
One among the oldest musical instruments, they also come as pocket trumpet for easy portability.

Wood Wind Instruments
Wood Wind Instruments
These instruments originally made from wood and also metal and plastics too.
  
Flutes
Flutes
Belonging to woodwind family but a reedless instrument, flutes come in both types, end blown and side blown.
String Instruments
String Instruments
Violin, cello, viola, or harp, the music coming through vibration of their strings is enchanting.
  
Saxophone
Saxophone
This conical instrument of woodwind family is particularly associated with jazz and widely used by military bands.

Percussion Instruments
Percussion Instruments
These instruments that produce sound through striking, shaking, or scraping, can give foot tapping beats.
  
Violins
Violins
Violin, the bowed string instrument, mostly made of wood, is the unique of string family.
Keyboard Instruments
Keyboard Instruments
Keyboard instrument comes in various types like mechanical & electronical etc.
  
Guitars
Guitars
Acoustic and electric guitars are used in many types of music including rock, pop and classical too.

Bagpipes
Bagpipes
Consisting of an air supply, a bag, a chanter, and usually a drone.
  
Drums
Drums
Drums are played with drumsticks and often arranged together making a drum kit.

Violas
Violas
Looking like violin, this bowed string instrument is different as viola's tone quality is richer & deeper.
  
Tambourine
Tambourine
This percussion instrument comes in many different shapes with the most common being circular.


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