Pearl Flutes started in 1946, when Katsumi Yanagisawa founded the company Pearl Musical Instruments Corporation Ltd.. The main office of thomann the company are in Yachiyodai-Nishu Yachiyo, Chiba (JAP). According to official records a total of 650 members of staff are working for the company Pearl Flutes (status 2010). The official European branch is the company Pearl Music Europe BV in CC Belfeld (NL).