1876 was the year that Hermann Kluge founded our company in Wuppertal, Germany.
Before that, he served as head of the keyboard department at Ibach,
a piano-making company in Schwelm, a small town just to the east of Remscheid and Wuppertal. There is no question that he was an expert in his field.
The piano industry is deeply steeped in tradition; many of the companies in today's market were founded in the 19th century and are well over 120 years old today. In the living rooms of many homes back then, the piano was what the television is today: the primary source of entertainment for the family and their guests.
In the 19th century, playing the piano was a social obligation for those who could afford it - meaning that the piano makers of Germany and Europe did brisk trade in those days.
The history of Kluge