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    C. W. Osgood Company

    C. W. Osgood Company is a musical instrument manufacturer in Elkhart, Indiana. It was founded by Charles W. Osgood (c. 1855 - September 6, 1946) who is believed to have lived most of his life in the Elkhart area. In 1890 he was working for Conn, and in the later years he worked there as a horn maker. By 1914 he had left Conn and founded the C. W. Osgood Company adjacent to his residence. It is believed that he produced small quantities of high quality instruments. There are two known examples of his work in the Elkhart area, both trombones. Both are also elaborately engraved, and it is believed that had been an engraver at Conn before he started his own business. The company is last seen in 1928, and in that year Osgood would have been 73 years old. His second wife died after 1936, and his remaining years were spent alone. For the last three months, he resided at the Lockerbie Convalescent Home in Goshen.
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    Elektron

    Elektron is an electronic musical instrument company, based in Gothenburg, Sweden, founded in 1998. Its products include the SID-based SidStation, the Machinedrum percussion synthesizer, the Monomachine synthesizer, and the Octatrack performance sampler. (taken from here: Elektron Stories at Tribute45 ): Elektron turned 10 years old in 2008. In 1997 a couple of students, who got together during a university course at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and made a rough prototype of a synthesizer. The special thing about this sound module was that it was based on the sound chip found in the Commodore 64 home computer. The prototype was further developed and finalized as a sellable product. The little synthesizer, called the Sidstation, was initially made in a test run of ten units. The project was deemed commercially viable so in 1998 a company was started to nurture it and Elektron was born. The newly founded company received funding from the university in-house venture capital investors Chalmers Invest, which made it possible to start manufacturing the Sidstation on a larger scale. The university provided Elektron with an office and thus things started to roll. The
    8.14
    7 votes
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    Jupiter Band Instruments

    Jupiter Band Instruments, Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Jupiter was established by its Taiwanese parent company KHS in 1980. KHS was first founded with the Wan Wu name in Taiwan in 1930 by Tsu-Cheng Hsieh as an educational products company and was renamed to KHS in 1945. KHS stands for Kung Hsue She which means a company helping schools and culture. KHS started harmonica production in 1956 and started band instrument production a year later in 1957. By 1980 KHS was a full-scale musical instrument manufacturer and the Jupiter brand was started to market a complete line of wind instruments and percussion. Jupiter is currently one of the top ten musical instrument brands in the world. In 1985 KHS established the Musix company and KHS acquired Altus flutes in 1990, Ross Mallet Instruments in 1994 and Hohner/Sonor percussion in 1997. Altus flute employees and specialists from Japan worked as KHS technical advisors. In 1986 KHS transferred most of its production from its small factory in greater Taipei to a major complex in nearby Chung-Li. In 1993 KHS started building a factory near Tianjin China for the main purpose of entering
    7.33
    6 votes
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    SONOR

    SONOR

    Sonor (Pronounced: SO-noor) is a German percussion manufacturer. Founded in 1875 as a percussion manufacturer, Sonor drum sets and hardware are historically known for being constructed in a very durable, and therefore, unusually heavy manner (older models). One of the oldest existing models of drums manufactured by Sonor is a 1942 Johannes Link Parade Snare, a very heavy snare drum with an alumininum shell and thick tension rods. Sonor drums historically had a reputation for being very expensive, and were well respected by many studios and professional musicians; although their current models span the range from beginner to professional. In the 1980s, Sonor's tagline was "The Rolls of drums". This was an allusion to the perfectionist (and expensive) way they constructed their drum shells. They made very thick (13 mm) and heavy shells that were beech wood, with an innermost and outermost ply of furniture-grade veneers, such as rosewood and bubinga. Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden was one of the most prominent Sonor artists of the 80's, along with Steve Smith of Journey, Phil Rudd of AC/DC, Thomas Haake of Meshuggah and jazz legend Jack DeJohnette. Sonor is the inventor of the modern
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    August Förster

    August Förster is a piano manufacturing company (also rendered "Foerster," occasionally "Forster," officially "August Förster GmbH Kunsthandwerklicher Flügel-und-Pianobau") that currently has a staff of 40 employees and produces around 120 grand pianos and 150 uprights per year. On April 1, 1859, August Förster opened a small piano workshop in Löbau, Germany, expanding to a factory on Löbau’s Jahn Street in 1862. Still in use today, this facility has been enlarged and modernized by the Förster family and remains the exclusive site for the manufacture of the original August Förster piano. In 1897, Caesar Förster succeeded his father August as manager of the company, and opened a second factory in Georgswalde (Jiříkov), Bohemia (later Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic) in 1900. In 1937 the company manufactured one of the first electric pianos, the “Vierling-Förster” piano, developed by Oskar Vierling at the Heinrich Institute for Oscillation Research at the Technical University of Berlin using electromagnetic pickups. In 1945 the factory in Georgswalde was nationalized. Under new state-sanctioned management many pianos of good quality were produced, but since 1945 the Czech-made
    6.00
    7 votes
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    Antoria

    Antoria was a UK guitar brand that was owned by JT Coppock Leeds Ltd. The Antoria brand goes back to the 1950s and stars such as Hank Marvin and Marty Wilde played them. Antoria guitars from the 1970s and early 1980s were imported from Japan and have some similarities to Ibanez guitars from the same period. An Antoria acoustic guitar is clearly visible in Oasis's Wonderwall video. JT Coppock ceased trading in the early 1980s and the Antoria guitar production ended. The Antoria brand was purchased in January 2007 by Adam Hall Limited in Southend-on-Sea. The new Antoria guitars are manufactured in Korea.
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    5 votes
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    Belman

    Belman was a company based in Australia that made guitars. They have recently shut down, thus leaving only a few of their last guitars out there. Their bodies are made of exotic timbers which are often embellished with well-figured tops. It is possible that the recent closing of Belman guitars will cause an uprise in the cost of a well-maintained model. Belman guitars were handmade in Melbourne, Australia from 1994 to 2007 by Tony Bell. Tony first built a guitar as a school project with classmate Craig Manger in 1982. They subsequently collaborated in a guitar repair business and began also making custom instruments. They officially formed Belman Guitars in 1994. The name coming from combining their surnames; Bel(l)-Man(ger). Belman experimented with various exotic Australian timbers and colouring effects. They also hand-wound custom pickups. The company eventually relocated to their first full factory in Thomastown, Victoria. They initially offerred 4 models, three guitars in the Double Cutaway, Hornet and Albatross, and a bass model, and over 18 variations were available based on these. Belman stopped producing early in 2007.
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    Istanbul Agop Cymbals

    Istanbul Agop Cymbals is cymbal producer based in the Republic of Turkey. Its products are well respected for their unique sound, which is formed by the method and the alloy used, the formula of which is known only to the owners of the firm, Arman and Sarkis Tomurcuk. It is one of two companies that formed after the split of Istanbul Cymbals. The art of Turkish cymbal making dates back to the 16th century, the time of the Ottoman Empire. The very first cymbals manufactured in Turkey were actually bells, created for the use in churches. Later on, as the story goes, cymbals were produced for the Ottoman military band. In the 20th century, it had become well known that Istanbul had evolved into the cymbal-making capital of the world. Generations of master cymbalsmiths developed, refined, and redefined this art in their endless search for perfection. They formulated the most musical alloy and developed and tested hand-crafting methods which had been used for centuries. As the 20th century drew to its close, the traditional Turkish method for hand crafting cymbals had all but been abandoned due to the efficiencies and mass production facility provided by machines. In 1980, the first
    7.00
    5 votes
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    OLP Guitars

    OLP Guitars was a guitar building company that marketed licensed replicas of famous models by other makers. The company's name stands for "Officially Licensed Product". OLP has worked with Music Man, among other companies. OLP was a subsidiary of Hanser Holdings International. The instruments were manufactured in China, with alleged good quality control and higher quality electronics and hardware supposedly sourced from Korea. In doing so they aimed at making desirable instruments available at an affordable price. The licensed OLP versions of the Ernie Ball Music Man 4 and 5 string basses were quite popular. They are seen quite frequently on the used instrument market since the company's demise. The OLP MM1FR model is a version of the Music Man Eddie Van Halen model, with the later version OLP's being of better quality as far as fret finishing and materials. Versions of Los Angeles luthier Stephen McSwain's artistic guitars [the Tin Top/Machine and Anarchy models] were produced. Also offered were a John Petrucci OLP guitar and an Orange County Choppers model, as well as a Tony Levin Signature MM Stingray model. The disappearance of Hanser Holdings International's OLP guitar line
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    5 votes
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    DiMarzio

    DiMarzio, Inc. (original name: DiMarzio Musical Instrument Pickups, Inc.) is a United States manufacturer best known for its direct-replacement guitar pickups. The company also produces miscellaneous guitar accessories, such as cables, straps and hardware. DiMarzio became known for its Super Distortion model, which was the first after-market replacement guitar pickup. It was introduced in 1972 and is still one of the most popular models. The Super Distortion pickup produced a higher electrical output than the pickups normally fitted as standard to guitars at the time. It has around twice the impedance of a PAF-type pickup, and a stronger ceramic magnet. This drove the input stage of guitar amplifiers with roughly twice as much voltage as a PAF pickup, so that an overdriven distorted sound was easier to obtain. Two of the technologies that they are known for are: Lawrence P. DiMarzio holds following US patents: James Munky Shaffer (Korn)
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    4 votes
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    Bosphorus Cymbals

    Bosphorus is a cymbal manufacturer based in İstanbul . It is owned by three master cymbalsmiths, Ibrahim Yakici, Hasan Seker, and Hasan Ozdemir. They originally worked at the Istanbul Cymbals factory until the company split in the 1990s. There they were trained by Mehmet Tamdeger, who worked at the K Zildjian Cymbal Company in the 1950s and Agop Tomurcuk who was foreman of the K Zildjian factory in Istanbul until its closure in 1978. Unlike most modern cymbal manufacturers, Bosphorus continues to produce its cymbals using centuries old traditions. It is a labor intensive process involving casting, shaping, hammering and lathing each cymbal partially by hand. This process is said to render different tonal characteristics, producing a vowel-like stick articulation with dark and complex overtones. The unlathed Turk Series is dark, dry, and earthy, with enhanced stick definition. Available in Thin weight. Fully lathed, the Traditional Series is very complex due to the varying thickness from bell to edge. They have a clean ping and a generous amount of overtones which vary according to weight. Available in Paper-Thin, Thin, Medium-Thin, and Medium weights. The Antique Series combine the
    6.60
    5 votes
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    Eko guitars

    Eko guitars

    Eko is an Italian manufacturer of electric guitars, acoustic guitars and similar instruments, catering to professional level and manufacturing largely for export. It is located in Recanati, Marche. Their products include classical guitars, 12-string guitars, arch top guitars, electric guitars and acoustic bass guitars. Eko guitars gained high popularity during the rock'n'roll craze of 1960s, becoming the largest guitar exporter in Europe. Their electric models were often highly ornamented with pearl, featured 3 or 4 pickups and recognizable "rocker" switches for pickup selection. The acoustic models were popular in country and folk rock bands of the late '60s. The best-known models of '60s include: Eko also produced guitars for Vox in the '60s,in the USA they were distributed through LoDuca brothers of Millwauke Wisconsin. In the UK the instruments were imported by Rose-Morris, London. In Australia their instruments were imported by Rose Music and often, but not always, branded with their house brand Eston. Eko guitar has been manufacturing guitars since the early 60's and continue to through present day.
    6.60
    5 votes
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    Kawai

    Kawai

    Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (株式会社河合楽器製作所, Kabushiki-gaisha Kawai Gakki Seisakusho, TYO: 7952) is a musical instruments manufacturing company headquartered in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan. It is best known for its grand pianos, upright pianos, electronic keyboards and electronic synthesizers. The company was established in August 1927. Koichi Kawai, the company founder, was born in Hamamatsu, Japan in 1886. As the son of a wagon maker, Kawai developed an ability to create mechanical devices and inventions at an early age. He began working in the piano industry in his early teens, and, while still a young man, became a key member of the research and development team that first introduced pianos to his country. Koichi proved to be a gifted inventor who became the first to design and build a complete piano action in Japan. He was awarded many patents for his designs and inventions. In 1927, Koichi Kawai founded the Kawai Musical Instrument Research Laboratory, employing seven like-minded colleagues. In the early days, the only thing that supported them was their passion for music and desire to produce superior pianos. Koichi's fundamental principles were always
    6.60
    5 votes
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    John Abbey

    John Abbey (22 December 1785 – 19 February 1859) (French: Jean Abbey) was an English organ builder, who built organs for the cathedrals of many French cities, as well as the organ at the Salle Le Peletier of the Paris Opera (1831). Many French organ builders adopted his English bellows design. Abbey was born at Whilton, a Northamptonshire village, on 22 December 1785. In his youth, he was an apprentice for James and David Davis, and later for Hugh Russel after 1818, both reputable organ builders in their day. In 1826 Abbey went to Paris, on the invitation of Sébastien Érard, the celebrated harp and pianoforte maker, to work upon an organ which Érard had designed, and which he sent to the Exhibition of the Productions of National Industry in 1827, and also to build an organ for the Convent of the Legion of Honour, at St. Denis. He also built an organ from Érard's design for the chapel of the Tuileries, which, however, had only a short existence, being destroyed in the Revolution of 1830. Having established himself as an organ-builder in Paris, Abbey became extensively employed in the construction, renovation, and enlargement of organs in France and elsewhere. Amongst others he built
    7.75
    4 votes
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    Meinl-Weston

    Meinl-Weston is a leading manufacturer of brass instruments, based in Geretsried in Germany and formerly based in Graslitz. Their main brands are Melton and Meinl Weston, with current instruments bearing both logos. Despite the engraving A Division of Getzen which appears on some instruments sold in the USA, the company remains family owned and operated. In 1991, Gerhard Meinl helped found the TA Musik group to take over Vogtländische Musikinstrumentenfabrik, the B&S brand in East Germany. The group is now known as JA Musik GmbH, and manages the Meinl-Weston, B&S, Scherzer, and Hans Hoyer brands of band instruments.
    6.40
    5 votes
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    Baldwin Piano Company

    The Baldwin Piano Company was the largest US-based manufacturer of keyboard instruments, most notably pianos. It is presently a subsidiary of the Gibson Guitar Corporation, although it ceased domestic production of pianos in December 2008. The company can trace its origins back to 1857, when Dwight Hamilton Baldwin began teaching piano, organ, and violin in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1862, Baldwin started a Decker Brothers piano dealership and, in 1866, hired Lucien Wulsin as a clerk. Wulsin became a partner in the dealership, by then known as D.H. Baldwin & Company, in 1873, and, under his leadership, the Baldwin Company became the largest piano dealer in the Midwestern United States by the 1890s. In 1889–1890, Baldwin vowed to build "the best piano that could be built" and subsequently formed two production companies: Hamilton Organ, which built reed organs, and the Baldwin Piano Company, which made pianos. The company's first piano, an upright, began selling in 1891. The company introduced its first grand piano in 1895. Baldwin died in 1899 and left his estate to fund missionary causes. Wulsin ultimately purchased Baldwin's estate and continued the company's shift from retail to
    9.00
    3 votes
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    Conn-Selmer

    Conn-Selmer, Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments for concert bands, marching bands and orchestras. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments and was formed after Steinway bought musical instrument manufacturers The Selmer Company and C.G. Conn. In the late 1800s, brothers Alexandre and Henri Selmer graduated from the Paris Conservatory as clarinetists. They were the great-grandchildren of French military drum major Johnnes Jacobus Zelmer, grandchildren of Jean-Jacques Selmer, the Army Chief of Music, and two of 16 children in this musical family. At the time, musical instruments and accessories were primarily hand made, and professional musicians found it necessary to acquire skills allowing them to make their own accessories and repair and modify their own instruments. Establishing Henri Selmer & Cie. in 1885, Henri began making clarinet reeds and expanded into mouthpieces. By 1900 Henri had gained a reputation for his reeds and mouthpieces and he opened a store and repair shop in Paris. He soon expanded into the construction of clarinets. Meanwhile, in 1895, Alexandre had moved to the United States, where he performed as principal
    7.50
    4 votes
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    Original Musical Instrument Company

    The Original Musical Instrument Company (often known as OMI) was formed in 1967 by two of the original Dopyera brothers, Rudy and Emile, to manufacture resonator guitars. The first instruments were branded Hound Dog. In 1970 they again acquired the Dobro name. In 1993 the Gibson Guitar Corporation acquired the company, and subsequently changed the name to Original Acoustic Instruments and moved the manufacturing operation to Nashville. They continue to manufacture resonator guitars as a division of Gibson, which are sold under both the Dobro and Hound Dog names. Gibson also sell resonator guitars under their Epiphone brand.
    6.20
    5 votes
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    First Act

    First Act

    First Act is a musical instrument manufacturer, which produces guitars, bass guitars, guitar and bass accessories, drum sets, percussion instruments, and amplifiers. First Act's drum sets come in a variety of styles, ranging from simple, beginner sets, to eight-piece medial sets. The company also manufactures products for children's musical education which at one time included a line of student-line clarinets, saxophones, and trumpets. First Act has offices in Boston, Bentonville, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The company also makes limited edition guitars, which are made by hand by luthiers in a custom shop in Somerville, MA. In 2010 The Music Trades Magazine ranked First Act at 53rd in the The World's Top 225 Music & Audio Firms with an estimated annual revenue of $ 68 million. First Act Discovery is a line of musical products for children ages 3 to 9. This line consists of many plastic music-making products including acoustic guitars, drums, electronic drum pads, tambourines, recorders, keyboards and electronic button controlled guitars. The line also has some novel plastic microphone products. Many of these products are also available with licensed sounds and graphics from Disney and
    8.67
    3 votes
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    Ovation Guitar

    Ovation Guitar

    The Ovation Guitar Company, a holding of Kaman Music Corporation, which itself is owned by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, is a guitar manufacturing company based in New Hartford, Connecticut. Ovation primarily manufactures steel-string acoustic guitars. They have been credited with "by far the most significant developments in the design and construction of acoustic guitars" from the 1960s through the 1980s. Ovation guitars have a history of innovative design, reflecting its founder's engineering training and development of Kaman helicopters. Ovation guitars have composite synthetic bowls; earlier acoustic guitars have had wooden sides abutting a flat back since the 1700s. Kaman diagnosed structural weaknesses in the orthogonal joining of the sides, and felt that a composite material could be used for a smooth designed body. Ovation's parabolic bowls dramatically reduced feed-back, allowing greater amplification of acoustic guitars. Improved synthetics used techniques from helicopter engineering to control vibrations in the bowl. Ovation has developed a thin neck, with the feel of an electric-guitar's neck, but with additional strength from layers of mahogany and maple
    8.67
    3 votes
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    The Percussion Source

    Percussion Source is a full service resource for concert percussion instruments and accessories. They offer a wide range of products including timpani, marimbas, xylophones, glockenspiels, concert chimes, celesta, bass drums, concert toms, snare drums, triangles, tambourines, castanets and hand percussion. Percussion Source is an exclusive source for some of the finest percussion products in the world including Freer Percussion, Stubbs Percussion, Schiedmayer Celesta, Buddy & Thein Triangles and Korogi Marimbas. Percussion Source is a division of West Music Company, Inc. The Percussion Source Anthology is the educational side of Percussion Source! Percussion Source has become known as not only an excellent source for quality instruments, but also for their desire for a slightly different (and ever more excellent) quality of customer service—especially when it comes to education. The intent of the Anthology is to find, gather, and share as many educational resources as possible with those who visit the site.
    8.67
    3 votes
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    Saga Musical Instruments

    Saga Musical Instruments is a manufacturer and wholesale distributor of stringed instruments, particularly fretted instruments and members of the violin family, and parts and accessories for them. They currently own twenty-two brands, fifteen are listed below. Their brands include: The Blueridge brand are Chinese built and have won a lot of praise from publications such as Guitarist Magazine, Total Guitar and Music Maker for quality and affordability. The company specializes in Historic and Pre-War reproductions and are used by many folk and bluegrass players. Endorsed by UK bluesman Martin Harley two Blueridge models were used to break the world record for the Highest gig ever played. Guitar Family brands include: Blueridge, Regal, Gitane, Trinity College, Durango, Valencia, Cigano, J. Navarro, Bristol and Gladiator. Mandolin Family brands include: Kentucky, Rover, and Trinity College. Banjo Family brands include: Gold Star, Rover, and Saga. Violin Family brands include: Cremona, Anton Breton, and J. La Salle. Folk Instruments brands include: Mahalo, Hamano, and Trinity College.
    7.00
    4 votes
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    Breitkopf & Härtel

    Breitkopf & Härtel

    Breitkopf & Härtel is the world's oldest music publishing house. The firm was founded in 1719 in Leipzig by Bernhard Christoph Breitkopf (1695-1777). The catalogue currently contains over 1000 composers, 8000 works and 15,000 music editions or books on music. The name "Härtel" was added when Gottfried Christoph Härtel took over the company in 1795. In 1807 G. Chr. Härtel began to manufacture pianos, an endeavor which lasted until 1870. The Breitkopf pianos were highly esteemed in the 19th century by pianists like Franz Liszt and Clara Schumann. In the 19th century the company was for many years the publisher of the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, an influential music journal. The company has consistently supported contemporary composers and had close editorial collaboration with Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Wagner and Brahms. This tradition continues today with prominent contemporary composers. They also published the first complete works edition of Mozart, the so-called Alte Mozart-Ausgabe. The firm was on the board of directors of the Händel-Gesellschaft in 1858.
    8.33
    3 votes
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    Earthwood

    Earthwood is a brand of Ernie Ball acoustic bass guitars as well as acoustic six string guitars. Ball collaborated with George Fullerton, a former employee at Fender, to develop the Earthwood acoustic bass guitar, which was introduced in 1972. It is notable for being the first modern acoustic bass guitar. Acoustic bass guitar
    8.33
    3 votes
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    El Degas guitars

    El Degas or El Dégas was a Japanese label for acoustics and electric guitars built to resemble Gibson guitars, and other major guitar companies' designs and distributed by Buegeleisen & Jacobson of New York, New York.
    8.33
    3 votes
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    Schaller Guitarenparts

    Schaller Guitarenparts

    Schaller Electronic GmbH, generally known as Schaller, is a high-end German manufacturer of components for musical instruments, most famous for their fully enclosed machine heads which are standard on many top-of-the-line guitars and available as an extra cost option on many others. The company was founded by Helmut Schaller as a radio repair shop in 1945. Later they started to provide quality hardware for musicians, including Les Paul who Schaller personally met. They are producing only in Germany at their location in Postbauer-Heng (Bavaria). They employ about 120 people (2006). Schaller also manufactures machine heads for many other instruments, and also components and accessories including mutes, bows, pickups, tailpieces, bridges and tremolo arms, including Original Floyd Rose designs. They are known also for their Security Locks, which prevent the guitar from falling off its strap. In the past Schaller was also a guitar amplifier manufacturer.
    8.33
    3 votes
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    Everett Piano Company

    Everett Piano Company

    The Everett Piano Company or simply Everett Piano was a piano manufacturing company founded by the John Church Company. It was previously owned by Yamaha. It was founded in 1883 in Boston, Massachusetts by the John J. Church Company, which was at the time, one of the leading companies of the industry. In June 1926, Everett merged with Cable-Nelson Piano, moving from Boston to South Haven, Michigan. Many composers used Everett's pianos, but the demand for small pianos grew. In response, Everett made only small pianos in 1946, leaving the manufacturing of grand pianos. In 1936, Everett subsequently joined the Meridan Corporation, where George Stapley, a graduate engineer, innovated Everett's old pianos. One of those innovations was the Balanced Tension Back. It allowed the sound quality to stay sharp in different conditions. In 1949, John A. Hens developed the dyna-tension scale. This put the piano strings under greater tension to allow better sound. Only Everett pianos that had Balanced Tension Back had this feature. In 1973, Everett piano was purchased by Yamaha and was subsequently discontinued after a manufacturing agreement between Yamaha and Baldwin Piano and Organ Company The
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    4 votes
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    Silvertone

    Silvertone was the brand name used by Sears, Roebuck and Company for its line of sound equipment from 1915 to 1972. A hand-cranked phonograph was introduced under the Silvertone brand by Sears in 1915. Beginning in the 1920s, the brand was expanded to include Silvertone radios and again in the 1930s, superseding the Supertone branding on musical instruments. Probably best known for their line of well-made yet inexpensive guitars, the brand became popular with novice musicians. Jerry Garcia, Rudy Sarzo, Chet Atkins, Bob Dylan, David Lindley, Garry Nutt, John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Joan Jett, Jack White, Mikee Plastik, James Hetfield, Dave Grohl, Phil Keaggy, Mark Knopfler, Brad Paisley, and countless others had a Silvertone for their first electric, bass, or acoustic guitar. The Canadian band Chad Allan and The Silvertones, which would go on to become The Guess Who, took its name from this line of instruments. Pete Townshend used them in live performance with The Who for the purpose of smashing them (after he'd played them.) Jack White of The White Stripes frequently uses vintage Silvertone amplifiers. Singer-songwriter Beck Hansen's main guitar is a Silvertone. Bon Iver used one in
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    3 votes
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    Tatra Guitars

    Tatra Guitars was a manufacturer of acoustic guitars from the former country of Czechoslovakia, Tatra. These guitars were most popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Mainly making classical acoustic guitars, Tatra offered affordable, good quality guitars. They are good guitars to learn on, having wide necks and easy to tune headstocks/machine heads.
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    3 votes
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    Wertheim Piano

    Wertheim Piano

    Wertheim is an Australian brand of pianos, formerly produced in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Around 18,000 upright pianos were made in Melbourne between 1908 and 1935, they were designed for the south-eastern Australian climate and were a popular all-purpose piano. They were used in a range of settings such as schools and public halls, as they were renowned for their ability to stay in tune for prolonged periods of time, requiring little maintenance. They were also used by piano teachers and for professional live performance, the most famous of which was for performances by Dame Nellie Melba, who frequently requested that Wertheim Pianos be used during her performances. The business was very successful and the Wertheim family achieved celebrity status in Australia during the 1920s, however after the 1929 depression and with declining demand for pianos, the factory closed in 1935. Today, Wertheim is still an Australian owned company and the Wertheim brand name is used for a range of pianos that are produced overseas in China and South Korea. Original Wertheim pianos undamaged and fully restored can be potentially quite valuable. Hugo Wertheim migrated from Frankfurt,
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    5 votes
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    Electronic Music Laboratories

    Electronic Music Laboratories, commonly abbreviated to EML, was an audio synthesizer company. Founded in 1968 in Vernon, Connecticut by four former engineers, the company manufactured and designed a variety of synthesizers sharing the same basic design but configured in different ways. The company originated by accident, after Dale Blake, Norman Millard, Dennis Daugherty, and Jeff Murray, employees of Gerber Scientific, founded the company in order to ensure that they all continued to have a job following an impending layoff. Following the schematics of a fellow audio engineer, Fred Locke, the four made synthesizers that directly competed with those of Moog Music and ARP. Although their synthesizers were not as sophisticated or capable as those designed by Bob Moog or Alan R. Pearlman, they were marketed as being much more reliable, which was true due to their use of op-amps instead of transistors. Although the company stopped manufacturing synthesizers in 1976, following the departure of two of their employees, the company continued to operate until 1984, designing and manufacturing products for others and repairing their synthesizers. Synthesizer modules were also available,
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    4 votes
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    Gretsch

    Gretsch

    The Gretsch Company was founded in 1883 by Friedrich Gretsch, a twenty-seven year old German immigrant recently arrived in the US. Friedrich Gretsch manufactured banjos, tambourines, and drums, until his death in 1895. His son, Fred, moved operations to Brooklyn, New York in 1916. Gretsch then became one of the most prominent manufacturers of American musical instruments. Guitar production began in the late 1930s, and Gretsch guitars became highly sought after, most notably in the 1950s and 1960s. They lost favor with players during the 1970s and 1980s for various reasons, including a problematic relationship with the Baldwin Piano Company. Gretsch eventually slid into bankruptcy, but it was revived by Fred W. Gretsch in 1989. Gretsch, who is great-great-grandson to Friederich Gretsch, and is sometimes referred to as Fred Gretsch III, remains president of the company to this day. Most modern-era Gretsch guitars are manufactured in the Far East, though US-made "Custom Shop" models remain available. In 2003 Gretsch entered into an agreement with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), under the terms of which Fred Gretsch III would continue to own the company, with FMIC
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    Jackson Guitars

    Jackson Guitars

    Jackson is a brand of electric guitar that bears the name of its founder, Grover Jackson. Grover Jackson obtained ownership in Charvel's Guitar Repair of Glendora, California in the 1970s with a promise to bolster Charvel's business. Wayne Charvel eventually sold his interest to Grover Jackson on November 10, 1978, which gave Jackson control of the business and the Charvel brand. Jackson Guitars originated in 1980 when guitarist Randy Rhoads approached Charvel with an idea for an individualized guitar. The collaborative design effort between Rhoads, Grover Jackson, Tim Wilson, and Mike Shannon resulted in the creation of the Concorde, an innovative revamp of the traditional Flying V. The Rhoads guitar model designs were such a departure from Charvel's Stratocaster-based models that Grover elected to label them with his own name. Throughout the heavy metal heyday of the 1980s, the Jackson brand was associated with high-quality, American-made, custom instruments, and was endorsed by many popular guitarists of the period. In addition to the original Randy Rhoads models, the 1980s spawned distinctively designed Jackson models such as the Soloist, King V, and Kelly, all of which remain
    6.50
    4 votes
    36

    Peavey Electronics

    Peavey Electronics Corporation is one of the largest audio equipment manufacturers in the world, headquartered in Meridian, Mississippi, United States. Hartley Peavey founded Peavey Electronics, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical and professional audio equipment, in 1965 after building his first amplifier in 1957. Since its foundation, Peavey Electronics has been privately owned, and has grown massively from their humble beginnings in Hartley's basement in the 1950s. In 2011, Inc. Magazine profiled the global success story of music and audio innovator Hartley Peavey and Peavey Electronics Corporation. “Hartley Peavey dreamed of becoming a rock star,” wrote Inc. Magazine’s Kasey Wehrum. “Though he lacked the chops to become the next Chuck Berry, his name has been etched into the pantheon of rock 'n' roll history.” Peavey currently owns 1.5 million square feet (140,000 m²) of manufacturing/assembly area over 33 facilities across North America, Europe and Asia, 18 of which are located in their home state of Mississippi. Products are manufactured mainly in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Far East, and are distributed to 136 different
    6.50
    4 votes
    37
    Vox

    Vox

    Vox is a musical equipment manufacturer which is most famous for making the Vox AC30 guitar amplifier, the Vox Continental electric organ, and a series of innovative but commercially unsuccessful electric guitars and bass guitars. Founded in Dartford, Kent, England, Vox has been owned by the Japanese electronics firm Korg since 1992. The Jennings Organ Company was founded by Thomas Walter Jennings in Dartford Kent, England after World War II. Jennings's first successful product was the Univox, an early self-powered electronic keyboard similar to the Clavioline. In 1956 Jennings was shown a prototype guitar amplifier made by Dick Denney, a big band guitarist and an old workmate from World War II. The company was renamed Jennings Musical Industries, or JMI, and in 1958 the 15-watt Vox AC15 amplifier was launched. It was successful, popularized by The Shadows and other British rock 'n' roll musicians. In 1959, with sales under pressure from the more powerful Fender Twin and from The Shadows, who requested amplifiers with more power, Vox produced what was essentially a double-powered AC15 and named it the AC30. The AC30, fitted with alnico magnet-equipped Celestion "blue" loudspeakers
    7.67
    3 votes
    38

    Black Swamp Percussion

    Black Swamp Percussion is a manufacturer of orchestral percussion instruments and mallets based in Zeeland, Michigan. Black Swamp sells instruments through music dealers in the US and overseas. Founded by percussionist Eric Sooy in 1994, the company manufactures snare and field drums and standalone snare units; tambourines; triangles; castanets; bar chimes; wood blocks, temple blocks, log drums, and tone blocks; timpani, and tam-tam mallets; and instrument cases and cabinets. The business grew out of Sooy's hobby of making musical instruments. He first operated out of his basement in Bowling Green, Ohio, then moved to Adrian, Michigan for two years before relocating the business to Holland, Michigan in 1997. As of 2006 Black Swamp operated out of an 11,000 sq ft (1,000 m) manufacturing and warehouse facility and employs a staff of 11 people. In September 2005 Black Swamp launched a sister company, Drum Foundry. Drum Foundry supplies drum shells, drum hardware, drum coverings, and special tools for pro and amateur drum builders. Drum Foundry also customizes marching drum lines for all brands. These customizations often include school or team colors and thematic color schemes. Drum
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    5 votes
    39

    Besson

    Besson is a manufacturer of brass musical instruments. It is owned by Buffet Crampon, which bought Besson in 2006 from The Music Group. The company was formed in 1837 by Gustave Auguste Besson, who at the age of 18 produced a revolutionary design of cornet which surpassed all contemporary models. His products quickly gained a great reputation throughout Europe. In 1857, he moved to England where he built a large factory in London from which his instruments took a share of the English market and from where he exported to many countries including the USA. The modern company produces a range of cornets, tenor horns, euphoniums, tubas, French horns and baritone horns. In its history, Besson also produced a number of other brass instruments, including a huge 'triple' B♭ tuba. In 1837, Gustave Auguste Besson (1820–1874) created the Besson brand in Paris with his new cornet. His instruments became famous in Europe, and he has been credited with over fifty inventions. In 1858, following a long series of lawsuits with Adolphe Sax, Gustave-Auguste Besson left Paris to build a factory in London. Over the following years, Besson continued to manufacture in Paris and London, and also had
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    2 votes
    40
    Latin Percussion

    Latin Percussion

    Latin Percussion, also known as LP, is a brand of percussion instruments, specializing in ethnic instruments engineered and manufactured to withstand the rigors of use in a drum kit, orchestral percussion section, and similar applications. This re-engineering often involves not only greater and consistent durability, but also changes to the sound to enable the instrument to be played at a suitable volume without losing the distinctive "feel" of its sound. LP was founded in New York in 1964 by Martin Cohen, following his difficulty in obtaining instruments for his own use, partly because of restrictions then in place on imports of instruments (and everything else) from Cuba following the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Unable to buy congas, bongos and similar instruments of the quality he saw other performers using, he manufactured his own. After much trial and error he produced acceptable results, and found a ready market for such instruments. As the company expanded, it added imported lines to its catalog, and also became an exporter. LP pioneered the use of many ethnic-based instruments for wider musical uses, and continues to be a leading innovator in this area. They are
    9.00
    2 votes
    41
    Mander Organs

    Mander Organs

    Mander Organs is an English pipe organ maker and refurbisher based in London. Although well known for many years in the world of organ building, they achieved wider notability in 2004 with their refurbishment of the Royal Albert Hall's Father Willis organ. Mander has completed several famous organs, chief among which is probably the 68-stop four manual and pedal organ in the Church of St Ignatius Loyola, New York – reportedly the largest mechanical action built to date by a British builder. Simon Preston said of this instrument: "It is difficult to do justice to this famous instrument in a couple of sentences; suffice to say that to look at this beautiful instrument is to know the sound that will come out of it." In keeping with the modern fashion, new Mander organs are generally tracker action, which enables the player to give somewhat more expression and removes the delays which are inherent in many electrically actuated organs. The company was founded in 1936 by Noel Mander MBE, FSA (19 May 1912 – 18 September 2005). An early setback was the loss of the organ he was working on, along with all his tools, in the first air raid of the Blitz in 1940. Ironically it was the rebuilding
    9.00
    2 votes
    42
    Boyds the Piano Shop

    Boyds the Piano Shop

    Boyds of Brisbane (aka "Boyds The Piano Shop" or sometimes known as "The Piano Shop Brisbane") is a piano, musical instrument, musical equipment and sheet music retailer incorporating the 'Grotrian Australia' store in Lodge Road, Wooloowin, Brisbane. Boyd's have been trading in Brisbane since 2005 in a Heritage Listed Building in Wooloowin and is family run business founded by Jason and Alison Boyd. Jason Boyd is a concert piano technician and was trained by Wayne Stuart of Stuart & Sons in the 1980s (as was Boyd's chief piano technician Courtney Stevens). Boyds sell both new and quality second hand / used instruments. The shop is located in a heritage listed building and houses one of Brisbane's widest selection of keyboard instruments. These include Yamaha, Kawai, Steinway & Sons, Seiler, Lipp, Bösendorfer, Stuart & Sons, Bechstein, as well as electronic instruments. Boyd's is the sole distributor in Australia of Grotrian Steinweg Pianos. Boyds stock the entire spectrum of pianos from electronic keyboards and entry model instruments (for beginners) to concert grand pianos such as the Yamaha CFIII and Grotrian 9 ft Concert Grand. Boyds are keen sponsors of the Arts in Queensland
    6.25
    4 votes
    43

    Campbell Guitars

    Campbell Guitar Company of Detroit was founded by Frank Campbell in the late 19th Century. Frank's son John Burdett Campbell continued the family business as a sideline to real estate. None of his three sons took serious interest in the family business. John B. Campbell died many years before grandson Scott Campbell began making custom guitars, amplifiers, and basses in the early 1970s. Purchase of the remaining original 1953 Maccaferri guitar bodies has given the company a monopoly on Maccaferri body electric guitars. Campbell Guitars also one of perhaps three electric guitar companies in Michigan, where the world's first electric guitar factory started in 1935. Other Michigan guitar companies include Heritage Guitars of Kalamazoo, founded by former Gibson employees after Gibson moved their operations to Nashville, and Reverend Guitars of Detroit.
    6.25
    4 votes
    44
    Steinway & Sons

    Steinway & Sons

    Steinway & Sons, also known as Steinway /ˈstaɪnweɪ/, is an American and German manufacturer of handmade pianos, and subcontracted pianos from suppliers sold under secondary names. Steinway was founded 1853 in Manhattan in New York City by German immigrant Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later Henry E. Steinway). The company's growth led to the opening of a factory and company town in what is now the Astoria section of Queens in New York City and a factory in Hamburg, Germany. Steinway is a prominent piano company, known for making pianos of high quality and for its influential inventions within the area of piano development. The company holds a royal warrant by appointment to Queen Elizabeth II. Steinway pianos have been recognized with numerous awards. One of the first official recognitions was a gold medal won in 1855 at the American Institute Fair at the New York Crystal Palace just two years after the company's foundation. In 1855–62 Steinway pianos received 35 gold medals. Several awards and recognitions have followed, including 3 medals at the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Steinway has been granted around 130 patents in piano making, most of which have expired. Other
    6.25
    4 votes
    45

    Crumar

    Crumar was an Italian electronic musical instrument manufacturer established by Mario Crucianelli in 1970s, which manufactured synthesizers and keyboards during 70s and 80s. Its name stands for "CRUcianelli and MARchetti", the name of founder Crucianelli and a partner Marchetti. Crumar started out manufacturing electronic pianos and string synthesizers, famous with the names of Compac-piano (1972/1973), Compac-string (1973), and then Pianoman (1974) and Stringman (1974) combining the two in 1975 with the Multiman, and in 1977 with the Multiman-S. Also Crumar factory is known for good "hammond-clone" organs made in the 70's and 80's like the Organizer (1974), Organizer T1 (1978) and T1/C (1981), T2 (1978), T3 (1981), Organizer - B, Cougar. In 1978, Crumar released their first full-fledged synthesizer with innovative features, Crumar DS-2 which had one of the earliest Digital controller oscillators (DCO). Crumar synthesizers are comparable and contemporaneous to Moog synthesizers and other analog synthesizers. In fact, Crumar Spirit synthesizer in 1983 was originally designed by Bob Moog himself, along with Jim Scott (co-designer of minimoog) & Tom Rhea (who wrote manuals of Moog
    7.33
    3 votes
    46

    Cunningham Piano Company

    Cunningham Piano Company began manufacturing acoustic upright and grand pianos in 1891. The founder, Patrick J. Cunningham, had recently emigrated from Ireland. He was a well trained craftsman and woodworker. Within their first decade of manufacturing, Cunningham Piano Company had gained recognition and had become one of Philadelphia's most respected makers of pianos. Alfred Dolge Alfred Dolge, the author, industrialist, and respected piano man commented on Cunningham Piano Company, among others, "...as true to the traditions of honest values in pianos as any the old Quaker City has ever produced." Throughout his tenure as President of the company, Patrick J. Cunningham saw his company expand and thrive, gaining awards for both quality and design. During the 1920s, the heyday of the pneumatic player piano, Cunningham Piano Company was the largest manufacturer of player pianos in Philadelphia and shipped their wares to the entire East Coast of the United States. Noted musicians praised the instruments, including Vincent Persichetti, a native Philadelphian and noted composer and professor at the Juilliard School, who said: "In the beginning, God created a Cunningham player piano. I
    7.33
    3 votes
    47

    Native Instruments

    Native Instruments is a technology company that develops software and hardware for music production and DJing. The company has originally been identified mostly with software instruments, but has also expanded to various other music equipment segments in recent years. Current products of Native Instruments include software synthesizers, samplers and effect processors, sound libraries and emulations of acoustic instruments, groove production systems and audio interfaces, as well as various products for computer-based DJing that include DJ software, Digital Vinyl Systems, hardware controllers and specific DJ audio interfaces. Native Instruments was founded in 1996 in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, Germany, where its headquarters are still located. It also has a branch in Los Angeles, California. The company also holds a partnership with the online music store Beatport.
    7.33
    3 votes
    48

    Wissner Piano Company

    The Wissner Piano Company was opened in Brooklyn, New York in 1878 by Otto Wissner ("a thorouhgly skilled piano maker") and his two sons, William Wissner and Otto Wissner, Jr. They were well known for the high quality of their pianos. The Wissner Company went out of business around 1942.
    7.33
    3 votes
    49

    Adams Musical Instruments

    Adams Musical Instruments is a manufacturer of percussion instruments based in the Netherlands. The company was founded by amateur musician André Adams, who started repairing brass instruments in 1971. The instruments produced by the company include: The instruments are sold in North America and Japan through Pearl Drums. Adams has recently started offering semi-custom flugel horns,trumpets, euphonium.
    8.50
    2 votes
    50

    Fender

    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), commonly referred to simply as Fender, is an American manufacturer of stringed instruments and amplifiers, such as solid-body electric guitars, including the Stratocaster and the Telecaster. It is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company, previously named the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, was founded in Fullerton, California, by Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender in 1946. Leo Fender also designed one of the first commercially successful solid-body electric basses, the Precision Bass (P-Bass), which has become known in rock, jazz, country, Motown, funk, and other types of music. Fender's Precision and Jazz Bass models are now widely considered to be the standard to which most other electric bass guitars are measured. The company is a privately held corporation, with the controlling majority of its stock owned by a group of its own company officers and managers. Larry Thomas is Chief Executive Officer and James Broenen is Chief Financial Officer. The company filed for an Initial public offering in March 2012. In addition to its Scottsdale headquarters, Fender has manufacturing facilities in Corona, California
    8.50
    2 votes
    51

    Hoshino Gakki

    Hoshino Gakki (星野楽器, lit. Hoshino Musical Instruments) is the owner of the Ibanez guitar and Tama drums brand names. The Hoshino company was founded in 1908 by Matsujiro Hoshino originally as the Hoshino Shoten bookstore which mostly sold books and sheet music and then gradually over the years also began to import musical instruments into Japan. Matsujiro was succeeded by Yoshitaro Hoshino. In 1935, the company began manufacturing their own stringed instruments. The company had little presence in the Western world until the mid-1960s. In 1957 Hoshino Gakki manufactured what would be considered the first of the modern era Ibanez guitars. In 1962, Junpei Hoshino, Yoshitaro's son, opened the Tama Seisakusho factory to manufacture electric guitars and amplifiers. The Tama Seisakusho factory produced a line of guitars that included clones of several popular guitars, including the Martin Dreadnought. At the time they were also manufacturing Star Drums, available in either the Imperial or Royal models. Hoshino Gakki stopped making guitars at the Tama Seisakusho factory in 1966 (but continued making drums) and from then on contracted outside guitar factories, like their main factory and
    8.50
    2 votes
    52
    Teisco

    Teisco

    Teisco (テスコ) was a Japanese manufacturer of affordable musical instruments from 1948 until 1969, and now its brand is owned by Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (河合楽器製作所; Kawai Gakki Seisakusho). The company produced guitars as well as keyboard instruments, microphones, amplifiers and even drums. Teisco products were widely exported to the United States and the United Kingdom. The Teisco brand name stands for 'Tokyo Electric Instrument and Sound Company'. Teisco was founded in 1946 by renowned Hawaiian and Spanish guitarist Atswo Kaneko, and electrical engineer Doryu Matsuda. The company was originally called Aoi Onpa Kenkyujo (roughly: Hollyhock Soundwave or Electricity Laboratories). In 1956, the company name was changed to Nippon Onpa Kogyo Co., and changed to Teisco Co. in 1964. In 1967, the company was acquired by Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (河合楽器製作所; Kawai Gakki Seisakusho), who discontinued the Teisco brand name for guitars in 1969 (1977 in Japan), but continued to use it for electronic keyboards until the 1980s. Teisco guitars sold in the United States were badged "Teisco Del Rey" beginning in 1964. Teisco guitars were also imported in
    8.50
    2 votes
    53

    Young Chang

    Young Chang is a Korean manufacturer of pianos and industrial wood working machinery, headquartered in Incheon, South Korea. Young Chang also currently holds 50% of the Korean piano market. Currently, Young Chang has more than 2000 full-time workers, designing and building its upright and grand pianos, and also the electronic Kurzweil Music Systems. Hyundai Development Company acquired Young Chang in 2006. The company was founded in 1956 by three brothers, Jai-Young Kim, Jai-Chang Kim and Jai-Sup Kim. As South Korea emerged as a major economy and producer of high quality goods, Young Chang has also emerged as one of the largest manufacturers of quality pianos in the world. It produces and markets the Bergmann, Weber and (formerly) Pramberger models, and used to manufacture the Essex line for Steinway & Sons. In 1990, Young Chang purchased Kurzweil Music Systems, a maker of high end electronic and digital musical instruments. Joseph Pramberger, a former vice president from Steinway & Sons and an experienced piano designer, joined the company in 1995. Pramberger brought many new innovations to piano design, including the "Platinum Touch Action" and the patented asymmetrically tapered
    8.50
    2 votes
    54

    AMS Neve

    AMS Neve Ltd was the result of the amalgamation in 1992 of AMS (Advanced Music Systems) with Neve Electronics. Neve Electronics was a British manufacturer of mixing consoles that originated in the work of Rupert Neve in the 1960s. Neve analogue consoles have been considered to be of such high quality that many of twenty or thirty years of age are still in use today at recording studios around the world—even as digital audio has taken over many aspects of recording technology. Studios with Neve equipment are often sought out by musicians. Models such as the '1073' and '1081' microphone preamps are still among the most popular and expensive in the recording world. Today, the company produces digital consoles as well as analogue systems. Neve was the first company to develop computer-controlled moving fader automation, NECAM, in the mid 1970s. In 1985 Neve Electronics was acquired by the Siemens group; then in 1992 the Siemens group combined Neve Electronics with another newly acquired company, Advanced Music Systems to form AMS Neve which is still in business today. AMS Neve won a Technical Grammy Award in 2000. The company has also won Oscar and Emmy awards. Analogue
    10.00
    1 votes
    55

    Hardman Peck

    Hardman Peck was a piano manufacturer established in New York City in 1842 by Hugh Hardman. Hugh's brother John joined the company in 1874 and Leopold Peck became a partner in 1890. In 1890 the name was changed to Hardman, Peck & Co. Hardman was considered one of the distinguished piano manufacturers of this era, with a worldwide reputation for the utmost in reliability. Hardman pianos were noted for their technical qualities, for their purity, delicacy, the artistic beauty of their cases, and for their remarkable durability. Hardman pianos were once the official piano of the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York.
    10.00
    1 votes
    56

    Hendrik Niehoff

    Hendrik Niehoff (1495 – c. 1561) was a Dutch pipe organ builder, who learned with noted builder, Jan van Covelen (c. 1470-1532). According to Liuwe Tamminga, Niehoff was born in Leeuwarden, the capital of Province Friesland. (Tamminga has been organist since the 1980s on the ancient organ {1471-75} of Lorenzo da Prato at the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna and also was born in a nearby Friesland village.) Following Jan van Covelen's death in 1532, Hendrik Niehoff established his shop in 's-Hertogenbosch to continue building new and upgrading organs throughout the Netherlands and in major Hanseatic cities and, thus, can be considered the most significant organbuilder in northwestern Europe in the middle third of the 16th century due both to the fabulous visual architectural quality of the cases and the exquisite sounds these instruments make for the eye and ear.nen The pipes in Niehoff's organs are remarkable in that they use an alloy of over 98% lead, with only about 1.3% tin and minimal amounts of antimony, copper and bismuth - the latter probably due to the not highly refined ores available to the builders of that time. (The use of lead plate to make organ pipes probably
    10.00
    1 votes
    57

    Saluda cymbals

    Saluda cymbals are a relatively new manufacturer of high-quality percussion instruments, particularly snare drum and hand crafted cymbal. Their operations are run at 2651 Shop Road. All drum works are held in this facility but only about 20% of the cymbal works is at this facility. This facility is where the cymbal is finished. Headquarters for Saluda and the primary cymbal plant still remain a mystery but rumors have that it is held in a small, nearby town of North, South Carolina. This is the facility that supposedly only made the drums. The company was formed in May, 1999. They had a vision to begin their cymbal company in 1997 to recreate the sounds of handmade cymbals of 45 years previously, and to exploit what was seen as an available market niche for new and unique sounds. The first prototype cymbal was released in November 1999, and the first cymbals offered for sale were released the following December. Saluda is quickly becoming a highly rated cymbal company. Having started by experimenting with new alloys, their current cymbal product lineup is entirely made of the traditional bell bronze of 20% tin. Saluda also is one of the few cymbal companies to offer to
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    1 votes
    58
    7.00
    3 votes
    59
    Electronic Music Studios Ltd

    Electronic Music Studios Ltd

    Electronic Music Studios (London) Ltd. (usually abbreviated to EMS) is a synthesizer company formed in 1969 by Dr. Peter Zinovieff, Tristram Cary and David Cockerell. The partners had wide experience in both electronics and music. Cockerell, who was EMS' main equipment designer in its early years, was a gifted electronics engineer and computer programmer. In the mid-1960s Zinovieff (who originally qualified as a geologist) had formed the pioneering electronic music group Unit Delta Plus with Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Cary was a noted composer and a pioneer in electronic music—he was one of the first people in the UK to work in the musique concrete field and built one of the country's first electronic music studios; he also worked widely in film and TV, composing scores for numerous Ealing Studios and Hammer Films productions, and is he well known for his work on the BBC's Doctor Who, notably on the classic serial The Daleks. The company's first commercial synthesiser, the VCS 3 (or VCS3), designed by David Cockerell, was produced in 1969. It was developed in the basement of Zinovieff's house and was nicknamed "The Putney" after the London
    7.00
    3 votes
    60
    Paiste

    Paiste

    Paiste, (pronounced Pie-Stee) a Swiss manufacturer and designer, is the world's third largest manufacturer of cymbals, gongs, and metal percussion. Paiste is an Estonian/Finnish word which means "shine". Their eponymous sunrise can be seen in the logos for their 2002 line and their Twenty line (discontinued in 2011). The first Paiste cymbals were produced in 1906 by Estonian musician Toomas Paiste in his instrument repair shop in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to customer orders. Toomas had served in the Czarist Guard, and retired in 1901 to open a music publishing business and music shop. The cymbal making aspect of the business expanded with the passing years, despite the disruption of several moves necessitated by war, first to Tallinn in Estonia in 1917, where Toomas' son Mihkel Paiste decided to concentrate on cymbal production and export. In 1940 the family and the cymbal making operation moved to Poland, where they continued under extremely difficult conditions, and in 1945 to Germany, and then in 1957 a new headquarters and production facility was established in Switzerland. The business was continued by Mihkel's sons Robert and Toomas, with both the Swiss and German operations
    5.75
    4 votes
    61
    Chickering and Sons

    Chickering and Sons

    Chickering and Sons was an American piano manufacturer located in Boston, Massachusetts, known for producing award-winning instruments of superb quality and design. The company was founded in 1823 by Jonas Chickering and James Stewart, but the partnership dissolved four years later. By 1830 Jonas Chickering became partners with John Mackay, manufacturing pianos as Chickering & Company, and later Chickering & Mackays until the senior Mackay's death in 1841, and reorganized as Chickering & Sons in 1853. Chickering pianos continued to be made until 1983. It was P.T. Barnum who persuaded Jenny Lind - the Swedish Nightingale - to make a concert tour of the United States. After her agreement, Barnum commissioned the Chickering company to manufacture a custom grand piano for her nationwide tour, ultimately involving 93 performances. The piano was completed by August 1850; Lind arrived in September and the concert series began in Boston. Her pianist was Otto Goldschmidt, whom she married at the end of her tour. Coincidentally, as the tour began, Henry E. Steinway (Steinweg) and his large family arrived in New York as immigrants from Germany. Henry attended the opening night of the NYC
    8.00
    2 votes
    62

    Gaveau

    Gaveau of Paris was a French piano manufacturer. The company was established by Joseph Gabriel Gaveau in 1847 in Paris and used to be one of the three largest piano makers in France (after Érard and Pleyel). A large factory was located at Fontenay-sous-Bois. Some Gaveau pianos were constructed with art cabinets. Many pianos have been equipped with pneumatic systems (Odeola, Ampico and Welte). In 1960, Gaveau merged with Érard. From 1971 to 1994 Gaveau pianos were made by Pianoforte manufacturing company Wilhelm Schimmel. The brand is currently owned by Manufacture Française de Pianos, the same company that owns the Pleyel and Erard brands. Today, Manufacture Française de Pianos manufactures certain models under the Gaveau name. Joseph Gabriel Gaveau had six children, and Étienne Gaveau received competition from his brothers. Gabriel Gaveau was established in 1911. Gabriel Gaveau made some pianos with pedal or Duo-Art systems, and was located in 1919, 55-57 Av. Malakoff, 75016 (This part is now Av. Raymond Poincaré, near the Trocadéro). This plant was requisitioned by the Germans in 1939. Also in 1911, Augustin Gaveau created his own piano company with his own style of upright
    8.00
    2 votes
    63

    Greg Bennett Guitars

    Greg Bennett Guitars are produced by Samick Music Corporation. After 40 years of producing guitars, Korean musical instruments manufacturer Samick hired industry veteran Greg Bennett to give their guitar line a radical makeover, with the goal of improving appearance, sound quality, and build quality. Bennett started redesigning the instruments at his studio in Nashville, Tennessee, after which the search for the electronics and woods took place. The new Samick guitars, now under the name of Greg Bennett Guitars, possess a wide array of professional level parts including pickups designed by Seymour Duncan, machine heads from Grover and bridges by Wilkinson. The new woods used in the production are also high quality; the search for distinctive tonewoods ranged worldwide, netting woods such as ovangkohl and ebony from Africa, rosewood from India and rock maple from North America. Samick manufactures a range of stringed instruments under the Greg Bennett label, including electric, acoustic and archtop guitars, electric and acoustic basses, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles and autoharps. Perhaps the most common distinctive feature in all these new instruments (apart from the mandolins,
    8.00
    2 votes
    64

    Vincent Bach Corporation

    The Vincent Bach Corporation was an American manufacturer of brass musical instruments that began early in the twentieth century and still exists as a subsidiary of Conn-Selmer, a division of Steinway Musical Instruments. The company was founded in 1918 by Austrian-born trumpeter Vincent Schrotenbach (Vincent Bach). Vincent Schrotenbach was born near Vienna in 1890. As a child he received training on violin, trumpet and bugle. By age 12 he had concentrated on the trumpet. After he graduated from Maschinenbauschule (Mechanical Engineering School, Ansbach) with an engineering degree, he entered into compulsory military service in the Imperial Navy, worked as an elevator operator, and then was re-conscripted during which time he served as a military musician in the Austrian Marine Band. When he left the military the second time, Vincent decided to defy his family’s wishes and pursued a career as a solo cornetist touring Europe. At the outbreak of World War I, he was in England and was forced to change his name and flee to the United States in order to escape detention as an enemy alien. He resumed his career as a performer, interrupted by another term of compulsory military service,
    8.00
    2 votes
    65

    Sabian

    Sabian is a Canadian cymbal designer and manufacturer. It is a leading manufacturer of cymbals along with other top companies such as Zildjian. The company was founded in 1981 in Meductic, New Brunswick, Canada by Robert Zildjian, son of Avedis Zildjian III, the head of the Avedis Zildjian Company. Family tradition had it that the head of the company would pass the company down to the oldest son (Armand). After Avedis Zildjian III died in 1979, Armand (who was President of Zildjian at the time) became Chairman of the Board. This eventually led to a family feud and a legal dispute between Robert and Armand that resulted in Robert leaving Zildjian to form the rival Sabian company. The companies continue to be rivals, and are both among the world's most popular cymbal brands. The settlement gave Robert Zildjian the Canadian factory that had been producing the K. Zildjian line (all manufacturing in Turkey having ceased by this time). Armand and Robert had a major dispute over where the K. Zildjian line should be manufactured. As President of the Zildjian Company, Armand had insisted that the K's be made in the United States with input from famed drummers Elvin Jones and Tony Williams.
    6.67
    3 votes
    66

    Warmoth Guitars

    Warmoth Guitar Products, Inc. is an American manufacturer and distributor of electric guitar and bass parts, catering particularly to small scale manufacturers, custom builders, amateur constructors, and professional artists such as Rivers Cuomo and Matt Sharp of Weezer and Jeff Loomis. The company headquarters are located in Puyallup, Washington. Warmoth makes guitar and bass parts to the specifications of the customer. Customers can choose from various styles of guitar including Stratocaster and Telecaster, and various styles of bass including J-Bass and P-Bass, among others. Unique choices in materials and construction are available for all parts of the guitar. Warmoth specializes in providing unique parts, but does not offer complete assembly of the guitar. Custom guitars and basses and customer feedback can be viewed in the photo gallery on Warmoth's web site. Guitar Body Types:
    6.67
    3 votes
    67
    Rickenbacker

    Rickenbacker

    Rickenbacker International Corporation, also known as Rickenbacker, is an electric and bass guitar manufacturer based in Santa Ana, California. In 1932, the company became the world's first to produce electric guitars and continues to produce a range of electric and bass guitars to this day. The company was founded in 1931 as the Ro-Pat-In Corporation (ElectRo-Patent-Instruments) by Adolph Rickenbacher and George Beauchamp in order to sell electric Hawaiian guitars. These instruments had been designed by Beauchamp, assisted at the National String Instruments Corporation by Paul Barth and Harry Watson. They chose the brand name Rickenbacher (later changed to Rickenbacker), though early examples bear the brand name Electro. Nicknamed "frying pans" because of their long necks and circular bodies, the instruments were the first solid-bodied electric guitars, though they were a lap-steel type. They had pickups with a pair of horseshoe magnets that arched over the strings. By the time production ceased in 1939, several thousand "frying pans" had been produced. Electro String also sold amplifiers to go with their electric guitars. A Los Angeles radio manufacturer named Van Nest designed
    5.50
    4 votes
    68

    Access Music

    Access Music is the music company that produced the Access Virus synthesizer product line. Started in 1997, this German music company has consistently created high quality subtractive virtual analogue, also known as analog modeling synthesizer. Although they have a special focus on genres of dance music, they have been used by many other artists including techno guru Luke Slater. Access Music is unique in that they continue to offer firmware upgrades for the operating system on older products, while many other electronic instrument companies only offer upgrades for their current products. Due to its rich sound, numerous features, and intuitive interface, the Virus synthesizer has almost become a milestone to which other synthesizers are compared.
    9.00
    1 votes
    69
    ESP Guitars

    ESP Guitars

    ESP Company, Limited (株式会社イーエスピー, Kabushiki Gaisha Ī Esu Pī), located in North Hollywood, California, is an American-based, Japanese-owned manufacturer of electric guitars and basses. In 1975, Hisatake Shibuya opened a shop called Electric Sound Products (ESP) in Tokyo. It provided custom replacement parts for guitars. In 1976, ESP gained a reputation as a provider of high-quality replacement parts. At this time, ESP also began crafting guitars under the ESP and Navigator brand in the Japanese market. ESP replacement parts were first introduced into the US in 1983. ESP began crafting custom instruments for local New York artists between 1984 and 1985. Among these artists were Page Hamilton (Helmet), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Vinnie Vincent & Bruce Kulick (KISS), and Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones). At this time, ESP also introduced the 400 Series as the first production line distributed in the US. During this same period of time, ESP began making the bodies and necks for Kramer Guitars. Other manufacturers using ESP as an OEM were Robin Guitars, Schecter Guitar Research and DiMarzio. Many traits of the Kramer line are still visible including neck construction and body bevels.
    9.00
    1 votes
    70

    Premier Percussion

    Premier Percussion Limited is an English manufacturer of drums and percussion instruments. The company was founded in 1922 as the Premier Drum Company by London drummer Albert Della Porta and drum builder George Smith. At first, the company produced drum kits for wholesalers, who then would sell them as their own, but Premier soon began producing drums under its own name. Premier also began producing symphonic percussion, marching percussion, and cymbals in addition to drum kits. Premier was originally located in central London (where the current Footes Music Store is now) and moved to purpose built premises in Acton in the 1930s. When World War II (1939-1945) broke out, Premier was engaged in the manufacture of gun sights for tanks and aircraft, but the factory was bombed out in 1940 and the company was relocated to a new Leicester facility shortly thereafter. The company enjoyed great success during the Beat Boom of the 1960s not only in the UK, but worldwide, and won the Queen's Award to Industry in 1966. During the 1970s, Premier invested heavily in a new, purpose built factory to meet demand for their products, but in 1983, the Della-Porta family resigned from the board and
    9.00
    1 votes
    71

    Rainsong

    RainSong is an acoustic guitar manufacturer currently based in Woodinville, Washington, and originally based in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii. The company makes high-end carbon fiber (graphite) bodied acoustics and acoustic electrics, with past models including nylon string guitars, 12-string guitars, and a jazz archtop. The company was formed in the 1990s by Dr. John Decker, with all early models designed in cooperation with luthier Lorenzo Pimentel. The company moved production to Washington from Hawaii in 2001.
    9.00
    1 votes
    72

    REMO

    Remo is an American drumhead and banjo head company founded by Remo Belli in 1957. They are well known for their highly successful WEATHERKING series, which is now seen on orchestral, world, marching percussion, and drum sets. In addition to drumheads, Remo also produces drumsets and ethnic percussion instruments. Drummer and founder Remo D. Belli experimented with PET film as a possible material for the production of drumheads after World War II due to its consistency in tonal qualities and resistance to weather changes. Throughout the 1960s, it was a fight to gain market acceptance, as purist jazzmen preferred the sound of natural calfskin. Rock drummers, however, appreciated the added durability and attack. Originally, the drumheads were white and opaque to help mimic the look of calfskin. Later innovations were clear drumheads, two ply drumheads (for added durability and depth), and simulated natural drumheads with a product called "FIBERSKYN", which is currently on its 3rd version. Remo supplies drum heads for various drum companies including Pearl, DW Drums, Yamaha, Mapex, Pork Pie Percussion and Sonor. Remo has factories in the USA and in Taiwan, where the "UT" and "UK"
    9.00
    1 votes
    73
    Arp Schnitger

    Arp Schnitger

    Arp Schnitger (born July 2, 1648 in Schmalenfleth, buried July 28, 1719) was a highly influential German organ builder. He was primarily active in Northern Europe, especially the Netherlands and Germany, where a number of his instruments survive to the present day; his organs can also be found as far away as Portugal and Brazil. Notable examples still in use include the organ at St. Pancratiuskirche, Neuenfelde, Hamburg (completed in 1688, his largest two-manual instrument); St. Jacobikirche, Hamburg (perhaps the most famous surviving Schnitger organ, completed in 1693); St. Martinikerk, Groningen, the Netherlands (1692); St. Ludgerikirche, Norden (1688); St. Cosmae und Damianikirche, Stade (Schnitger's first organ, completed in 1676 after the death of his teacher Berendt Huss); St. Peter und Paulkirche, Cappel (perhaps the most authentic of Schnitger's organs still in existence, originally in the Johanniskirche, Hamburg, 1680); and St. Michaeliskerk, Zwolle, the Netherlands (completed by his son Franz Caspar after Schnitger's death). Organs like this are credited with inspiring the renaissance in organ building during the early twentieth century, with a return to tracker action
    6.33
    3 votes
    74
    Gibson Guitar Corporation

    Gibson Guitar Corporation

    The Gibson Guitar Corporation is a Nashville, Tennessee-based guitar and instrument manufacturer. It was founded in 1902 in Kalamazoo, Michigan by Orville Gibson as "The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd." and was a maker of mandolin instruments. Gibson invented archtop guitars by using the same type of carved, arched tops found on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian. It was bought by Chicago Musical Instruments in 1944, which was then acquired by the E.C.L. conglomerate that changed its name to Norlin Inc. This was seen as the beginning of an era of mismanagement. Gibson sells guitars under a variety of brand names and built one of the world's most iconic guitars, the Gibson Les Paul. Many Gibson instruments are among the most collectible guitars. Gibson was at the forefront of innovation in acoustic guitars, especially in the big band era of the 1930s; the Gibson Super 400 was widely imitated. In the early 1950s, Gibson introduced its first solid-body electric guitar and in 1952 began producing its most popular
    6.33
    3 votes
    75
    Hagström

    Hagström

    Hagström [ˈhɑːɡstrœm] is a musical instrument manufacturer in Älvdalen, Dalecarlia, Sweden. Their original products were accordions that they initially imported from Germany and then Italy before opening their own facility in 1932. During the late fifties, the company started making electric guitars and later amplifiers. The early guitars were heavily influenced by the accordion production and had a special look and feel. Hagström were the first company to mass produce 8 string bass guitars as well as the first to build a guitar/synthesizer hybrid (Swede Patch 2000). In 2004 the brand was resurrected and is now in production in China. In 2008 Hagström expanded their line of products and will launch their own line of basses including a re-issue of their famous Hagström H8, an 8 string bass later this year. Albin Hagström began importing accordions from Germany and Italy in 1925 and founded Firma Albin Hagström. Albin expanded his business with shops in Sweden, Norway and Denmark and in 1932 he started manufacturing accordions himself in Älvdalen. In 1936, Hagström hired two Italian accordion builders who helped to update and streamline the manufacturing process. In 1939 Hagström
    6.33
    3 votes
    76
    Farfisa

    Farfisa

    Farfisa is a manufacturer of electronics based in Osimo, Italy. The Farfisa brand name is commonly associated with a series of compact electronic organs, and later, a series of multi-timbral synthesizers. At the height of its production, Farfisa operated three factories to produce instruments, in Ancona in the Marche region of Italy. Farfisa also made radios, televisions, and other electronic items. Today the Farfisa brand mainly produces intercom systems with the company Aci Farfisa which makes and distributes systems for video intercoms, access control, video surveillance and home automation. The Bontempi group owns the keyboard division Farfisa brand name. The Farfisa brand name is an acronym for "FAbbriche Riunite Di FISArmoniche", which translates to "united factory of accordions". Farfisa first started manufacturing electric organs in 1964. Distribution in the U.S. was handled by the Chicago Musical Instrument Co, which also owned Gibson, and the instruments were originally known as CMI organs when first introduced there. Unlike other combo organs, such as the Vox Continental, Farfisa organs have integrated legs, which can be folded up and stored inside its base. The first
    7.50
    2 votes
    77

    Hondo

    Hondo was an American guitar company and brand owned by Musicorp that produced entry level acoustic guitars, electric guitars and basses with designs that are usually based on the designs of more expensive models such as the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul. These models are of good quality and very collectible instruments, similar to contemporary Aria Pro models. From 1974 and 1983 the guitars were produced in Japan, and in Korea from 1984-1987. In 2005, the J.B. Player brand replaced the Hondo name. The Hondo guitar company was originally formed in 1969 when Jerry Freed and Tommy Moore of the International Music Corporation (IMC) of Fort Worth, Texas, combined with the recently formed Samick Company. IMC's intent was to introduce modern manufacturing techniques and American quality standards to the Japanese and Korean guitar manufacturing industry. The Hondo concept was to offer an organized product line and solid entry-level market instruments at a fair market price. The original Korean products were classical and steel-string acoustic guitars. In 1972, the first crudely built Hondo electrics were built. However, two years later the product line took a big leap
    7.50
    2 votes
    78
    Kay Musical Instrument Company

    Kay Musical Instrument Company

    Kay Musical Instrument Company was a prolific American manufacturer of musical instruments that operated from the 1930s through the 1960s. Although Kay's first electric guitar was offered in 1936 (the same year as Gibson ES-150, five years after the Frying pan), Kay is known as an electric guitar pioneer  because their past company Stromberg-Voisinet produced the first commercial electric guitar, the Stromberg Electro, in 1928. The Kay Musical Instrument Company grew from the Groeschel Mandolin Company (or Groeshl Instrument Company) in Chicago, established in 1890. In 1921, the company was renamed to Stromberg-Voisinet. In 1923, later president Henry Kay "Hank" Kuhrmeyer joined the company, and in 1928, with the help of an investor, he bought the company and started producing electric guitars and amplifiers. The new company, "Kay Musical Instruments" was formally established in 1931 from the assets of the former Stromberg-Voisinet company by Kuhrmeyer. The company initially manufactured only traditional folk instruments, but eventually grew to make a wide variety of stringed instruments, including violins, cellos, banjos, upright basses, and a variety of different types of guitars
    7.50
    2 votes
    79

    Kendrick Amplifiers and Guitars

    Kendrick Amplifiers and Guitars is a Texas-based company that was started by Gerald Weber in 1989 near Austin, Texas. They were the first to build a re-issue, vintage vacuum tube type amplifier which was called the 2410. Their 2410 amp was a recreation of the fabled Fender 5F6A Tweed Bassman. They were also the first to introduce a re-issue, vintage-style speaker in 1989. In 1994, Kendrick began building and selling guitars. Their luthier, Tony Nobles, is world-renowned, and has built a guitar for the Smithsonian "Guitars of Texas" exhibit. In 1998, Kendrick's president, Gerald Weber began conducting "Tube Guitar Amplifier Seminars" to teach others how to service and modify their tube amplifiers. He has written several books on this topic and produced a DVD, "Tube Guitar Amplifier Servicing and Overhaul" in 2002.
    7.50
    2 votes
    80
    Samick

    Samick

    Samick Musical Instrument Co., Ltd. (KRX: 002450, also known as Samick), founded 1958, is one of the world's largest musical instrument manufacturers and an owner of shares in several musical instrument manufacturing companies. Samick owns several manufacturers of pianos (for example Wm. Knabe & Co., Pramberger, Kohler & Campbell and Seiler), guitars (for example Greg Bennett Guitars and Silvertone) and other instruments. In 1992, Samick built its P.T. Samick factory in Cileungsi, near Bogor, Indonesia. This factory produces the majority of instruments that Samick makes. North American operations are performed from its newly constructed (completed July 2007) North American Corporate Headquarters, located in Gallatin, TN. This 214,000 sq ft (19,900 m) facility is responsible for all administrative activities for the North American market, as well as acting a distribution center for both its guitars and acoustic/digital pianos. The facility recently began the manufacture of a small number of acoustic pianos, which will be sold under the Knabe brand. Samick guitars are manufactured under different brand names and made by a number of different makers, including Greg Bennett and J.T.
    7.50
    2 votes
    81
    Sho-Bud

    Sho-Bud

    Sho-Bud is a brand name for a manufacturer of pedal steel guitars. The founders were SHOt Jackson and BUDdy Emmasns, both active steel players in the 1950s. In the 70s they also expanded their line and offered acoustic guitars. They also made a line of resonator guitars in conjunction with Gretsch under the name Sho-Bro, a play on the word Dobro. The name is currently owned by Gretsch and there are no models in production. Models produced include the Maverick, the Pro I, Pro II, Pro III and LDG Lloyd Green.
    7.50
    2 votes
    82

    Slingerland Drum Company

    The Slingerland Drum Company is a historic drum company that is linked to the rich history of jazz drumming. The company was founded by Henry Heanon "H.H." Slingerland (1875–1946) in 1912. Slingerland had won a correspondence school of music in a card game aboard one of the gaming boats that once cruised Lake Michigan. He then opened a music school in Chicago, and soon turned to manufacturing instruments as well. The company started out importing ukuleles from Germany, but set up its own production because it could not meet demand. Soon, they produced their own banjos and ukuleles and eventually, also guitars (including electric guitars from 1936 or earlier). Production of drums was started in 1927 in answer to the entry of the Ludwig & Ludwig drum company into the banjo market. The first Slingerland drum kits came out in 1928. A resourceful and energetic businessman, H.H. established an extensive dealer network throughout the U.S., the then-territory of Hawaii (in the early 1930s) and China. After H.H.'s death from a stroke, the company was run by his wife, Nona, and one of their children, Henry Jr. (known as "Budd.") The company's manufacturing plant was later moved from Chicago
    7.50
    2 votes
    83
    Taylor Guitars

    Taylor Guitars

    Taylor Guitars is an El Cajon, California‐based guitar manufacturer specializing in acoustic guitars, as well as semi-hollow and solidbody electric guitars. It was established in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug. In 1972, at age 18, Bob Taylor began working at American Dream, a guitar making shop owned by Sam Radding, where Kurt Listug was already an employee. When Radding decided to sell the business in 1974, a triumvirate of Taylor, Listug, and Schemmer bought American Dream and renamed it the Westland Music Company. Needing a more compact logo suitable for the guitars' headstock, the founders decided to change the name to "Taylor" as it sounded more American than "Listug" and because as Kurt Listug put it, "Bob was the real guitar-maker." Listug became the businessman of the partnership while Taylor was responsible on design and production. In 1976, the company decided to begin selling their guitars through retailers. In 1981, facing financial difficulties, Taylor Guitars took out a bank loan to purchase equipment. As of 2012 Taylor Guitars has more than 700 employees. The company maintains two factories: One in El Cajon, California and the other, 40 miles away in Tecate,
    7.50
    2 votes
    84

    Buffet Crampon

    Buffet Crampon is a French manufacturer of woodwind musical instruments, including oboes, flutes, saxophones, and bassoons; however, the company is perhaps most famous for their clarinets, as Buffet is the brand of choice for many professionals. Buffet Crampon began manufacturing musical instruments in 1825 exclusively in France, but has since expanded their business to include production facilities in Germany as well. Since the company's conception, Buffet Crampon has expanded to a worldwide market. Antoine Beaussant, Buffet Group's Chief Executive Officer, runs the Buffet Crampon, Besson, Antoine Courtois, Schreiber and Keilwerth brands. Denis Buffet-Auger, of the Buffet family of French musical instrument makers, began making quality clarinets in Paris, France in 1825. The company expanded under Jean-Louis Buffet and his wife Zoé Crampon and became known as Buffet Crampon. (Another family member, Auguste Buffet jeune, who worked with famous clarinetist Hyacinthe Klosé to develop the Boehm system for clarinet, had his own business separate from Buffet Crampon.) In 1850, Buffet Crampon established its headquarters at Mantes-la-Ville. The company continued to expand its range and
    5.25
    4 votes
    85
    Heritage Guitars

    Heritage Guitars

    Heritage Guitars is a guitar manufacturer in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. Heritage Guitars was founded in 1985 by former employees of the Gibson guitar factory. In the early 1980s, Gibson, faced with excess production capacity and, some claim, a difficult relationship with its labor union, closed its historic Parsons Street factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan and relocated much of its production to its factory in Nashville, Tennessee. Some of the Gibson employees who did not want to move their homes and families to Tennessee started production of guitars under a new name, "Heritage," which was likely meant to stake a claim to their guitar-making tradition. The company set up their new factory in part of Gibson's former Kalamazoo premises, but produced instruments in much smaller numbers than Gibson had. The Heritage line initially consisted of electric and acoustic guitars, electric basses, mandolins, and a banjo. The line was eventually narrowed to electric guitars only. Although most Heritage guitars were, and continue to be, based on Gibson designs, a few of their early electric guitars were based on modified Stratocaster and Telecaster designs. Heritage is a boutique
    7.00
    2 votes
    86
    Tagima

    Tagima

    Tagima is a Brazilian guitar manufacturing company. The name Tagima comes from Seizi Tagima, a Japanese descendant who learned to craft guitars just by watching the process. In the 1980s, he began to produce his own electric guitars and basses. After becoming successful, he sold the rights of the Tagima but kept helping its development, becoming the most famous Brazilian luthier. Recently he severed ties with the firm and started his own custom shop in São Paulo. The Volkswagen has partnered with Tagima to create vintage model, is one Volkswagen Gol, which comes with a guitar exclusively for the series "gol vintage" will be produced about 30 units of vintage of Volkswagen Gol, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Volkswagen Gol
    7.00
    2 votes
    87

    Wilhelm Heckel

    Wilhelm Heckel GmbH is a manufacturer of woodwind instruments based in Wiesbaden, Germany. It is best known for its bassoons, which are considered some of the finest available. The company was established in 1831 by the instrument maker Johann Adam Heckel. It remains a family-owned business. Wilhelm Heckel is also known for its production of contrabassoons and heckelphones. It also formerly produced oboes, piccolo heckelphones, and heckel-clarinas.
    7.00
    2 votes
    88
    Bösendorfer

    Bösendorfer

    Bösendorfer (L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH) is an Austrian piano manufacturer, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha. Bösendorfer is unusual in that it produces 97- and 92-key models in addition to instruments with standard 88-key keyboards. Bösendorfer, one of the oldest piano manufacturers, was established in 1828 by Ignaz Bösendorfer. It has a history of producing highly respected instruments; in 1830, it was granted the status of official piano maker to the Emperor of Austria. Ignaz's son Ludwig Bösendorfer (15 April 1835 – 9 May 1919) took over in 1859, operating from new premises from 1860. Between 1872 and its closure in 1913, the associated Bösendorfer-Saal was one of the premier concert halls of Vienna. In 1909, the company was sold to Carl Hutterstrasser, who was succeeded by his sons Alexander and Wolfgang in 1931. In 1966 Bösendorfer was taken over by the Jasper Corporation (later renamed Kimball International), parent company of Kimball Pianos, where it remained before returning to Austrian hands, when it was purchased by BAWAG PSK Gruppe in 2002. BAWAG signed an agreement to sell all stock in Bösendorfer to Yamaha on 20 December 2007. Bösendorfer pioneered the
    8.00
    1 votes
    89
    C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik

    C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik

    C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik AG (also known as Bechstein) is a German manufacturer of pianos, established in 1853 by Carl Bechstein. Young Carl Bechstein studied and worked in France and England as a piano craftsman, before he became an independent piano maker. His first pianos were made for other companies. C. Bechstein piano factory was founded on 1 October 1853 by Carl Bechstein in Berlin, Germany. Carl Bechstein set out to manufacture a piano able to withstand the great demands imposed on the instrument by the virtuosi of the time, such as Franz Liszt. In 1857, Hans von Bülow (Liszt's son-in-law) gave the first public performance on a Bechstein grand piano by performing Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor in Berlin. By 1870, with endorsements from Franz Liszt and Hans von Bülow, Bechstein pianos had become a staple in many concert halls and private mansions. By that time three piano makers, all of which were founded in 1853, became established as the industry leaders across the world: Bechstein, Blüthner and Steinway & Sons. In 1881 Bechstein began supplying pianos to Queen Victoria. A gilded art-case piano was delivered to Buckingham Palace, followed by several more Bechstein
    8.00
    1 votes
    90

    Felgemaker Organ Company

    The Felgemaker Organ Company was a manufacturer of pipe organs based out of Erie, Pennsylvania in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was founded in Buffalo, New York but relocated to Erie, PA. In 1872, the company was known as the Derrick and Felgemaker Pipe Organ Company. During the 1870s, the company employed over 55 workers and had $75,000 worth of capital. The firm produced between 15 to 20 organs per week. Specialties of the company included church organs and portable pipe organs for small churches, schools and residential parlors. By 1878 the company was renamed as the A.B. Felgemaker Company, relocating the factory to larger facilities in 1888 and 1890. At the invitation of Mr. Felgemaker, German organ maker Anton Gottfried moved to Erie in 1894, where he leased space from the Felgemaker plant. The A.B. Felgemaker Company remained in business until 1917. Several workers from the Felgemaker Company, including Gottfried, joined to form the Organ Supply Industries, Inc. in Erie which is today the largest and most comprehensive pipe organ manufacturer and supply house. The company produced organs until 1918, when it ceased operations. The company's service agreements and
    8.00
    1 votes
    91

    Marimba One

    Marimba One is a manufacturer of handmade marimbas based in Arcata, California. The company was founded by Ron Samuels in the 1980s. Each marimba is custom-made and tuned by hand. The company makes 5½, 5, 4½, and 4⅓ octave models, plus a 3-octave bass marimba. Marimba One marimbas are considered high-end professional instruments, with a 5-octave marimba priced at approximately $11,500 .
    8.00
    1 votes
    92

    Overs Piano

    Overs Piano is an Australian brand of grand piano, owned by Ron Overs. Overs specialises in the manufacture of grand pianos, as well as their restoration and rebuilding. Overs Pianos have been active in innovative piano design, and their work in this field has resulted in them becoming a member of the Australian Technology Showcase. In 1999 Ron Overs designed a new grand piano action which has the advantage of considerably less friction than other grand piano actions. In 2003, after ten years of work, Overs developed a structurally and tonally improved soundboard design. In 2004, the New South Wales Treasurer and Minister for State Development, Michael Egan, stated that Overs' piano technology "is rapidly establishing Overs Pianos as a world leader in piano design". Numerous recordings have been made with Overs pianos by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, including recordings made on the piano owned by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Besides building grand pianos, Overs also maintain, restore and remanufacture grand pianos, as well as consulting on piano design. Other Australian piano manufacturers Historic: Current:
    8.00
    1 votes
    93

    UFIP

    UFIP is an Italian cymbal manufacturer, producing mainly high-quality bell bronze cymbals using rotocasting. They are the only major cymbal manufacturer to use rotocasting. The most known handmade and "earcreated" Ufip cymbals are the Class Series, followed by Rough series, Bionic Series, Brilliant series and Natural. They are known for being normally high pitched and for their great adaptability to all musical genres and styles.
    8.00
    1 votes
    94
    Rodgers Instruments

    Rodgers Instruments

    Rodgers Instruments Corporation is an American manufacturer of classical and church organs. Rodgers was founded in 1958 by Rodgers W. Jenkins and Fred Tinker, employees of Tektronix, Inc., of Portland, Oregon, and members of a Tektronix team developing transistor-based oscillator circuits. Rodgers claims to be the first manufacturer of solid state oscillator-based organs, completing their first instrument in 1958. Other Rodgers innovations in the electronic organ industry include solid-state organ amplifiers (1962), single contact diode keying (1961), reed switch pedal keying for pedalboards (1961), programmable computer memory pistons (1966), and MIDI support (1987). Rodgers' primary factory is located in Hillsboro, Oregon with additional manufacturing done in Japan and Italy. All full size, American Guild of Organists standard 32 pedal note classical organ models are built in the Oregon factory. Rodgers' success was largely due to their early innovations with solid state analog tone generation technology. Despite the fact that competitors such as Allen switched to digitally sampled tone generation as early as 1972, Rodgers sold exclusively analog tone generation instruments until
    5.67
    3 votes
    95

    T. Cooke & Sons

    T. Cooke & Sons was a British instrument-making firm, founded by Thomas Cooke. The firm built the clock face on the Darlington clock tower. In 1922 it merged with Troughton & Simms to form Cooke, Troughton & Simms.
    5.67
    3 votes
    96
    Tokai Gakki

    Tokai Gakki

    Tokai Gakki Co., Ltd. (東海楽器製造株式会社, Tōkai Gakki Seizō Kabushiki-gaisha), often referred as Tokai Guitars Company Ltd., is a Japanese guitar manufacturer founded in 1947 and situated in Hamamatsu city, Shizuoka prefecture. Tokai have produced acoustic guitars, electric guitars, electric basses, autoharps, and melodicas. Tokai first started making classical guitars in 1965 and started making Hummingbird electric guitars in 1968 and Hummingbird Acoustic guitars in 1970. Tokai have also made an original introductory line of acoustic Conn Guitars, and acoustic replicas of Gibson and Martin. In late 1970, the Tokai company under contract to Conn, headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, launched a new unique line of guitars carrying the Conn brand name. This venture is known to have continued until at least early 1973 (History of Conn Guitars). In 1972 Tokai went into a joint venture with Martin to supply acoustic guitar parts and also to build Martin's solid-body Sigma guitars. In 1973 Tokai started making the "Cat's Eyes" Martin acoustic replicas. In the late 1970s early Fender copies began and were sold mainly in Japan and Europe, such as the ".38 Special" guitar and "Hard Puncher" bass.
    5.67
    3 votes
    97
    Warr Guitars

    Warr Guitars

    Warr Guitars is a company that manufactures the Warr Guitar, a guitar-like musical instrument developed by the company's founder, Mark Warr. The Warr Guitar resembles a standard electric guitar, albeit with a very low action and more strings. It is designed for two-handed tapping techniques like a Chapman Stick, producing a similar sound to the Stick when played in this way. More traditional guitar or bass guitar techniques (like strumming, pizzicato, slap and pop or using a plectrum) can also be used. Because of the placement of the instrument's strapholders, the Warr Guitar may be played in a more upright, Stick-like position, or horizontally, like an electric guitar. Warr guitars have anywhere from seven to fifteen strings. The strings may be arranged so that the lowest pitched string is nearest to the player, or in the center of the fingerboard, like on a Chapman Stick, and can be tuned to any custom tuning which the player desires for a wide range of tonal qualities. The fingerboard may be fretted, fretless, or a combination of the two. Custom-designed Bartolini magnetic, piezoelectric or a combination of both of these pickups are used. If piezo pickups are added, the
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    Dynasty USA

    Dynasty USA is a manufacturer of marching brass and percussion instruments based in the United States, and is one of the last remaining manufacturers of valved bugles pitched in G. Key consumers are drum and bugle corps, such as Phantom Regiment, Glassmen, and Revolution.
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    F. Lorée

    F. Lorée is a manufacturer of double reed musical instruments based in Paris, France. Lorée produces professional-level instruments in the oboe family under the brand F. Lorée and student-level oboes under the brand Cabart. F. Lorée was established in 1881 by François Lorée when he left his position as chef d'atelier for the well-established French oboe maker Frédéric Triébert. The firm of Triebert, which was the dominant oboe-making concern in mid-19th century France, fell to pieces with the death of sole proprietor Frédéric Triebert in 1879. By 1882 it had changed management thrice and was eventually sold to the mass-maker Gautrot, itself purchased in 1884 by Couesnon. Frédéric Triebert’s last foreman, François Lorée (1835-1902), formed his own oboe making company in 1881, carrying on Triebert’s work and tradition. Acquiring the contract for supplying oboes to the Paris Conservatory in 1882, François Lorée limited his atelier to making oboes and English horns. There is ample reason to believe that the professor of oboe at the Paris Conservatoire, Georges Gillet, encouraged Lorée to set up his own shop. The facts that Lorée acquired the Conservatoire contract before making a
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    Koide Cymbals

    Koide Cymbals is a Japan manufacturer of cymbal. They are not normally available outside Japan.
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    Zimmermann

    Zimmermann

    Zimmermann is a German piano maker and brand name. The company founder worked for the piano company Steinway & Sons in New York City, United States, before starting his own factory in Leipzig, Germany, in 1884. As business grew, the Zimmermann company expanded to a second factory in 1904. By 1912 over 10,000 pianos were being built a year making it one of the Europe’s largest piano manufacturer. Later, it became a global piano exporter within over 400,000 instruments sold world-wide. In 1992, the C. Bechstein AG took over the company and incorporated it in its Product Range. Modern Zimmerman pianos are produced in Saxony like all Bechstein Instruments, where the Bechstein company has regrouped its production facilities.
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    Beale Piano

    Beale Piano is a brand of pianos which was formerly manufactured in Sydney, Australia. Octavius Beale established a business to import pianos and sewing machines in Sydney in 1884. He imported German upright pianos, of which a few survive today - these are known as "Hapsburg Beale". At that time, it was common practice to import German made pianos and attach local branding. Prior to establishing this business, Beale had been involved with Hugo Wertheim in a piano and sewing machine importing business in Melbourne. In 1893, Beale established Australia’s first piano factory in Sydney. In 1902, Beale opened a new factory at Annandale, which went on to become the largest piano factory in the southern hemisphere in the early 1900s. Beale introduced the all-iron tuning system, for which a patent was granted in 1902. This tuning system was referred to in earlier Beale pianos as the "Beale-Vader tuning system". Also, Beale focused on making pianos with local timbers and sought to make pianos which were suited to the changeable Australian climate. The Beale factory was self-contained and made every element of the pianos, resulting in a broad range of trades working to produce
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    Sadowsky

    Sadowsky Guitars Limited is an American high-end guitar, bass guitar, and preamp manufacturer located in Queens, New York. The company was started in 1979 and took its name from its founder, Roger Sadowsky, who is known for "being one of the industry's master craftsmen". As of 2011 the company has 10 employees involved in instrument manufacturing excluding Sadowsky himself. Sadowsky started out modifying vintage Fender basses, which were at that time inexpensive, to improve their sound by adding more noise reduction technology and replacing the passive electronics with an active preamp, which increases the signal to noise ratio of the bass's signal. Once the price of vintage bass guitars began to increase, Sadowsky started making new bass guitars, and then signature models. The Sadowsky "NYC" line of instruments consists of 4 and 5 string bass guitars and 6 string guitars. The bass guitars have a 34 inch scale length with no current models offered in longer or shorter scale lengths. The Sadowsky Metro line are the basic models of Sadowsky NYC basses made by Sadowsky Tokyo and offers most of the same features, minus the custom options, of the NYC line at a more affordable
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    American Drum Manufacturing Company

    The American Drum Manufacturing Company is a family-owned timpani manufacturer based in Denver, Colorado. Former Denver Symphony Orchestra timpanist Walter Light, who built a custom set of drums for himself, founded the company in 1950 when his colleagues began asking him to build timpani for them. The company offers four lines of instruments: The company also builds cases and covers for their drums and reconditions old timpani. Since every drum is custom-built, the buyer may choose from different bowl shapes with different timbral properties and make any desired modifications to the frames of the drums. For example, European and North American timpanists set their drums up in different orders. The pedals have to be on the opposite sides of the drums in each of the setups.
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    Aoyama Harp

    Aoyama Harp (青山ハープ, Aoyama Hāpu) is a Japanese manufacturer of pedal (concert) harps and folk (lever) harps. Originally founded as the Aoyama Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company by Jitarō Aoyama in 1897 in Fukui, later generations of the family began the commercial manufacture of folk harps in the 1960s. The manufacture of pedal harps was begun by Kenzo Aoyama, the present head of the company. The Aoyama harp factory includes a museum of antique harps.
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    Broadwood and Sons

    Broadwood and Sons

    Broadwood and Sons is an English piano manufacturer, founded in 1728 by Burkat Shudi and continued after his death in 1773 by John Broadwood. John Broadwood, a Scottish joiner and cabinetmaker, came to London in 1761 and began to work for the Swiss harpsichord manufacturer Burkat Shudi. He married Shudi's daughter eight years later and became a partner in the firm in 1770. As the popularity of the harpsichord declined, the firm concentrated increasingly on the manufacture of pianos, abandoning the harpsichord altogether in 1793. Broadwood's son, James Shudi Broadwood, had worked for the firm since 1785, and, in 1795, the firm began to trade as John Broadwood & Son. When Broadwood's third son, Thomas Broadwood, became a partner in 1808, the firm assumed the name of John Broadwood & Sons Ltd, which it retains to this day. Broadwood produced his first square piano in 1771, after the model of Johannes Zumpe, and worked assiduously to develop and refine the instrument, moving the wrest plank of the earlier pianoforte, which had sat to the side of the case as in the clavichord, to the back of the case in 1781, straightening the keys, and replacing the hand stops with pedals. In 1789, at
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    Godin

    Godin is a Canadian guitar manufacturer. It is owned by Robert Godin. Godin started building Robert Godin's guitars in 1972 in La Patrie, Quebec. Godin Guitars' head office is located in Montreal, and they build their instruments in six factories in four different locations, three in Quebec and one in New Hampshire. Godin Guitars makes instruments under several different labels. Norman makes entry- to mid-level acoustic guitars. Art & Lutherie makes entry-level budget guitars. The Simon and Patrick brand make mid- to high-range steel-string acoustics. La Patrie manufactures classical guitars. Seagull is known for manufacturing solid wood entry- to mid-range acoustic guitars. Guitars under the Godin brand are primarily mid-range to top-of the-line electrics that are made of high quality wood from the northeastern part of North America. They have many models that feature synth pickups and some with piezo pickup-equipped bridges. Godin are notable for their use of synthesizer pickups as a standard feature in their high end models, and many of their electric models use piezo-acoustic pickups integrated with the bridge assembly. Aside from their technical innovations, Godin has a strong
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    Kimball Piano Company

    Founded by W.W. Kimball in 1857 as a piano dealership, it was discontinued after 1996 but remains one of America's oldest and most distinguished keyboard instrument manufacturers. It was at one time the largest such manufacturer. Kimball was known for its low-cost upright pianos possible due to its use of vertical integration. Kimball began manufacturing in 1886, and reached its peak activity in 1910 with 4000 pianos made per year. Following the purchase by Jasper, Inc. in 1959, it changed its name to Kimball International. The company manufactured under the following names: Kimball, Conn, Japser-American, W.W. Kimball, Hinze, Harrison, Schuerman, DeVoe & Sons, Whittaker, Becker, La Petite, Krakauer, Whitney, Whitmore.
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    Sohmer & Co.

    Sohmer & Co.

    Sohmer & Co. was a piano manufacturing company founded in New York in 1872. Sohmer & Co. marketed the first modern baby grand piano, and also manufactured pianos with aliquot stringing and bridge agraffes, as well as Cecilian "all-inside" player pianos and Welte-Mignon-Licensee reproducing pianos. Sohmer pianos were owned by U.S. President Calvin Coolidge, and composers Victor Herbert and Irving Berlin. Sohmer is now a line of pianos manufactured by Samick Music Corporation in Korea. Hugo Sohmer (1845-1913) was born as the son of a physican in Dunningen, a village near Rottweil, on the foothills of the Black Forest, Germany. He was educated in literary and scientific subjects as well as music and the piano, and emigrated to New York in 1863, where he apprenticed as a piano-builder in Schuetze & Ludolff's factory. He spent two years travelling in Europe continuing to study piano making, and returned to New York in 1870. In 1872 he founded Sohmer & Company, in partnership with Joseph Kuder (April 26, 1831 - July 24, 1913), a pianomaker originally from Vienna who had worked in New York since 1853, first for Steinway & Sons, and later Lighte, Newton & Bradburys as foreman, before
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    Pleyel et Cie

    Pleyel et Cie

    Pleyel et Cie ("Pleyel and Company") is a French piano manufacturing firm founded by the composer Ignace Pleyel in 1807. In 1815, he was joined by his son, Camille, as a business partner. The firm provided pianos to Frédéric Chopin, and also ran a concert hall, the Salle Pleyel, where Chopin performed his first – and last – Paris concerts. Pleyel's major contribution to piano development was the first use of a metal frame in a piano. Pleyel pianos were the choice of composers such as Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, de Falla and Stravinsky and of the pianist and teacher Alfred Cortot. Pleyel pioneered the player piano with the Pleyela line of pianos. These were often very small pianos of a very unusual design. Pleyel was the first to introduce the upright piano to France, adapting the best features of pianos built in Britain. They introduced these pianos by 1815. Their pianos were such a success that in 1834 the company boasted 250 employees and an annual production of 1000 pianos. The company's success led them to invest in experiments, resulting in the Double Piano in 1890. Although not the first company to experiment with building two pianos into the same frame, Pleyel (who patented
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    Meinl Percussion

    Meinl Percussion

    Roland Meinl Percussion is a leading manufacturer of cymbals and other percussion instruments, based in Gutenstetten, Germany. Their main brand is Meinl. Founded in 1951 by Roland Meinl. they are noted for their fibreglass congas, and plywood gongs, which proved for many percussionists that such modern materials could be used in this musical application, and similar innovations. Meinl and Paiste are the two main manufacturers of cymbals with a European sound, derived from Turkish as opposed to Chinese cymbal making tradition and seen by some as a subset of the Turkish sound family. The European sound has more consistency, focus and penetration, as opposed to the more blending and individual sounds of more traditional Turkish cymbals. The close relationship between the two makers' tone families is most obvious in their entry level cymbals over the years, where the two ranges have often been identical alloy for alloy and model for model, distinguished one from the other mainly by the logos, and all produced in Germany, where they are the two dominant cymbal manufacturers. Both makers strenuously deny ever sharing production facilities, however. Meinl are unique among the four major
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    Regal Musical Instrument Company

    The Regal Musical Instrument Company was established in 1908 in Chicago. By the 1930s, they were one of the largest manufacturers of musical instruments in the world. Regal specialised in: Regal were heavily involved in production of resonator guitars from their first development until 1941, both manufacturing components and bodies for both the National String Instrument Corporation and the Dobro Manufacturing Company and producing whole instruments, which sold under many brand names including Dobro. The bodies of their plywood bellied student guitars were particularly suited to resonator conversion. Production of resonator guitars ceased in 1941, and of all fretted instruments in 1954. However in 1965, Fender were distributing five models of banjo under the Regal name, and claimed to be the exclusive distributors. In 1987 the Regal name and trademark reappeared as a brand of Saga Musical Instruments. As of 2006 they were notable for their 4-string bass resonator guitars, as well as a wide variety of more traditional resonator models.
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    Danelectro

    Danelectro

    Danelectro is an American manufacturer of musical instruments and accessories, specializing in rock instruments such as guitars, bass guitars, amplifiers and effects units. Danelectro was founded by Nathan Daniel in 1947; throughout the late 1940s, the company produced amplifiers for Sears, Roebuck and Company and Montgomery Ward. In 1954, Danelectro started producing the Danelectro lines of solidbody electric guitars and amplifiers. The company was also contracted to make guitars and amplifiers that were branded not with the Danelectro name, but with the names of various store brands, such as Silvertone and Airline. Later hollow-bodied guitars (constructed out of Masonite and plywood to save costs and increase production speed), distinguished by Silvertone's maroon vinyl covering, Danelectro's light tweed covering, the concentric stacked tone/volume knobs used on the two-pickup models of both series, and the "lipstick-tube" pickups—invented by placing the entire mechanism into spare lipstick tubes—aimed to produce no-frills guitars of reasonably good tone at low cost. In 1956, Danelectro introduced the six-string Baritone guitar, which would be adopted by other companies such as
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    2 votes
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    Parker Guitars

    Parker Guitars

    Parker Guitars is an American manufacturer of electric guitars and basses, started by luthier Ken Parker in the early 90s. Parker is most famous for making the Parker Fly. Parker guitars are characterized by being thin and lightweight guitars; they are generally made from lighter woods like poplar, Basswood, and spruce, although there is a mahogany Fly. They have composite materials (resin and carbon glass skin), to reinforce a thin carved body and neck. Fingerboards are composite, and use stainless steel frets. Electronics include the integrated use of coil split humbuckers and piezo pickups with active circuitry. In October 2002, Parker initiated the first production run of the Fly bass guitar, in both 4-string and 5-string versions. The 5-strings are noted for their ease of use for 4-string players, both with respect to weight and string spacing. Parker basses produced in the original factory in Wilmington, MA have seven digit serial numbers using the same formula for dating at the original Nite Fly guitars. Basses made by Washburn have serial numbers that begin with 092. Soon after moving production to Illinois, the original, more stable multi-laminate neck construction was
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    Darrow Pipe Organ

    Darrow Pipe Organ is a pipe organ builder located in Onawa, Iowa. This company builds new organs, as well as perform service work on existing instruments. The company was established by Rick Darrow. Darrow has about 30 years experience in the playing and building of organs. His company has built organs that have been located in several states.
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    Francis Bacon Piano Company

    The Francis Bacon Piano Company was established in New York in 1789. They produced player pianos, electric expression players, reproducing pianos, and grand pianos. Some were licensed under the Welte-Mignon patents. The pianos received many awards like from the Franklin Institute State of Pennsylvania, Merchants Institute Fair of Washington, and the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. They were eventually made by Kohler & Campbell. They were brought to the 1876 World's Fair in Philadelphia and at Chicago in 1908.
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    National Reso-Phonic Guitars

    National Reso-Phonic Guitars is a manufacturer of resonator guitars and other resonator instruments including mandolins, ukuleles and 12 string guitars. The company was formed in 1989 by Don Young and McGregor Gaines, in a Californian garage. They measured old resonator instruments of all makes and designs, and produced reproductions under the National brand name and trade mark, as originally used by the National String Instrument Corporation for the very first resonator instruments. Since 1990, the factory has been located in San Luis Obispo, California. Their current production is over 1000 instruments per annum, representing more than 50 different models. In addition to manufacturing new instruments, they offer a repair service capable of restoring almost any vintage National guitar to original condition. In 2008 Don Young and Eric Smith, an employee of the company since 1991, purchased McGregor Gaines' interest in the company.
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    Valley Arts Guitar

    Valley Arts Guitar

    Valley Arts Guitar is an American electric guitar manufacturer currently owned and operated by the Gibson Guitar Corporation. Mike McGuire and Al Carness founded the company in the mid-1970s in North Hollywood, California, a district of Los Angeles, California in the San Fernando Valley; the name "Valley Arts" is a reference to the firm's original location. Partners in a music store and repair shop, their repairs and customizations gained the attention of Los Angeles studio musicians and jazz guitarists such as Lee Ritenour, Steve Lukather, Tommy Tedesco and Larry Carlton. They began building custom guitars from scratch in 1977, and by 1983 demand for these guitars had increased to the point of requiring a separate manufacturing facility. Most of their guitars had a radical styling similar to that of a superstrat; others were modified versions of Fender's popular designs, the Stratocaster and the Telecaster. "Signature" Valley Arts features often included highly-figured wood grain on the front, translucent colored finishes, gold hardware, Floyd Rose locking tremolos, EMG and Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups. In late 1990 the store was destroyed by fire. Underinsured, McGuire and
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    Barton Organ Company

    Barton Organ Company

    The Barton Organ Company was an American pipe organ manufacturer during the age of silent movies. The company was founded by Dan Barton, who was from Amherst, Wisconsin. The fifth largest builder of theater instruments in the nation, Barton focused almost exclusively on the Midwest market. The small factory seldom sent instruments further away than the distance a Pullman sleeper car could travel in one night. For this reason, the instruments are almost unknown outside of this relatively small area. The company built about 250 theater organs from 1918 to 1931. Barton's first experiments in producing equipment to accompany silent films was a set of electrically operated bells that formed a musical scale. Mounted around the interior of the theater, these were operated by the pit drummer who was performing foley and various other sound effects for the picture. After seeing the highly enthusiastic reception of his invention, Barton began toying with the idea of a more elaborate mechanism. In 1918, the Bartola Musical Instrument Company was formed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Barton began with the development and manufacture of Bartola pit organs. He was assisted by Butch Littlefield and
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    Kay K-161 ThinTwin

    The Kay ThinTwin guitar. The Kay K-161 ThinTwin electric guitar made from 1952 to 1959, was one of the longest produced guitars by Kay Musical Instrument Company. The K161 Thin-Twin was commonly referred to as the "Jimmy Reed" guitar. Introduced not long after Gibson's Les Paul, the ThinTwin was a semi-hollow body guitar and larger than its name "thin" implied. The guitar's body was 2¾ inches deep. "ThinTwin" was a reference to the unique appearance of the dual pickups, having a very slim profile. There was also a Silvertone-branded version of this guitar, with a slightly more 'regal' appointment in ts decorated pickguard and headstock logo, coupled with a deeply-finished 'flamed' grain top and so-called 'sunburst' finish. Both the pickguard and the headstock's decorated laminate on early versions of this model sported a shield-type engraving and coloring, with later versions of the guitar losing the shield from the headstock of later models, but with the sky-blue-trimmed pickguard never losing the shield, which sat right in the middle of the strumming field. The earliest model of this guitar, the model #1381 had the shield device on both the pickguard and the headstock laminate.
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    Leblanc

    Leblanc, Inc. is a musical instrument manufacturer based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The company was purchased on 1 August 2004 by Steinway Musical Instruments, which now operates Leblanc as a division of its Conn-Selmer subsidiary. Leblanc inc. employs approximately 300 workers at three sites in Wisconsin (two in Kenosha and one in Elkhorn) and about 40 workers in La Couture-Boussey, France. Léon Leblanc (1900–2000) and Vito Pascucci (1922–2003) founded the G. Leblanc Corporation in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1946. The American company was set up to import woodwind instruments made in France by G. Leblanc Cie. G. Leblanc Cie. was a French company founded by Georges Leblanc late in the 19th century,in La Couture-Boussey and in 1904 had acquired Noblet, the oldest instrument manufacturer in France. The American Leblanc firm went on to manufacture student instruments under the Vito brand, named after founder Vito Pascucci. Leblanc broadened its product line further with the acquisition of several other companies: The Frank Holton Company (manufacturer of brass instruments) in 1964; the Bublitz Case Company manufacturer of musical instrument cases in 1966; the Woodwind Company (manufacturer of
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    Mason and Hamlin

    Mason and Hamlin

    Mason & Hamlin is a piano manufacturer based in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Mason & Hamlin was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1854 by Henry Mason, son of Lowell Mason, the American hymn composer and musical educator, and Emmons Hamlin, a mechanic and inventor who had worked for melodeon makers Prince & Co. in Buffalo, New York. They originally manufactured only melodeons, but in 1855 introduced the organ-harmonium or flat-topped cabinet organ. This design placed the bellows vertically and underneath the reeds, and served as the model for the suction operated American-style reed organ. By the early 1870s they were considered the largest and most important manufacturer of reed organs, employing about 500 and producing as many as 200 instruments a week. Mason & Hamlin supplied organs to several prominent composers, notably Franz Liszt, whose name the company applied to their patented selective sustain mechanism for organs comparable to the sostenuto in pianos. Mason & Hamlin began manufacturing pianos in 1883. Initially they built only upright pianos featuring a patented method of tuning and maintaining string tension which they marketed as the screw stringer and intended as an
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    Mosrite

    Mosrite is an American guitar manufacturing company, based in Bakersfield, California, from the late 1950s to the early 1990s. Founded by Semie Moseley, Mosrite guitars were played by many rock and roll and country artists. Mosrite guitars were known for innovative design, high-quality engineering, very thin, low-fretted and narrow necks, and extremely hot (high output) pickups. Moseley's design for The Ventures, known as the "Ventures Model" (later known as the "Mark I"), was generally considered to be the flagship of the line. In Bakersfield, Semie Moseley started playing guitar in an evangelical group at age 13. Semie and his brother Andy experimented with guitars from their teen-age years, refinishing instruments and building new necks. Semie Moseley began building guitars in the Los Angeles area around 1952 or 1953. He began by apprenticing at the Rickenbacker factory, where he learned much of his guitar making skills from Roger Rossmeisl, a German immigrant who brought old-world luthier techniques into the modern electric guitar manufacturing process. One of the most recognizable features on most Mosrite guitars is the "German Carve" on the top that Moseley learned from
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    Aeolian-Skinner

    Aeolian-Skinner

    Æolian-Skinner Organ Company, Inc. — Æolian-Skinner of Boston, Massachusetts was an important American builder of a large number of notable pipe organs from its inception as the Skinner Organ Company in 1901 until its closure in 1972. Key figures were Ernest M. Skinner (1866-1960), Arthur Hudson Marks (1875-1939), Joseph Whiteford, and G. Donald Harrison (1889-1956). The company was formed from the merger of the Skinner Organ Company and the pipe organ division of the Æolian Company in 1932. With the appointment of G. Donald Harrison as President and Tonal Director of Æolian-Skinner in 1933 by Skinner president Arthur Hudson Marks, the company’s tonal philosophy began to turn from the romantic-style orchestral instruments built under the direction of Skinner to a classically eclectic style. Organists began to look to the past to find direction for the future, and in doing so they found that they were in sympathy with the ideas being developed by Harrison. These ideas included the provision of smaller scaled diapasons, along with more higher-pitched and mutation stops in place of large-scaled unison diapasons, color reeds and flutes. During Harrison’s tenure as president from 1933
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    Behr Brothers Piano Company

    Behr Brothers Piano Company

    Behr Brothers was a New York based piano company founded in 1880 and hailed as a major contributor to the piano industry of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Henry Behr of Hamburg, Germany initially established a piano company in New York alongside Leopold Peck (of "Hardman Peck Piano Company") in 1877, named "Behr & Peck", which operated until 1879. In 1880, Behr and his brother Edward Behr went into partnership to form "H. Behr and Brother Piano Company", although this later changed to "Behr, Brother and Company", followed by "Behr Brothers & Company". The company was taken over by Kohler & Campbell in 1910, who continued to produce pianos under the Behr name until the 1950s. Highest awards have been granted to Behr Bros. instruments at leading world's fairs and centennial expositions, such as the World Cotton Centennial held in New Orleans in 1884 and the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. Xavier Scharwenka, Moritz Moszkowski, S. B. Mills, Edottard Remenyi and a host of other world famous artists and composers have endorsed instruments bearing the Behr Bros. & Co. logo.
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    Eastwood Guitars

    Eastwood Guitars

    Eastwood Guitars is a Canadian / Korean company founded by Michael Robinson which primarily manufactures vintage-style electric guitars. The company was established in 2001 with the intent of manufacturing replicas of rare vintage electric guitars. The company's production philosophy is to create guitars which not only evoke classic looks and vintage sounds, but that are to be sold at a price point where they are meant to be played and not simply collected. Much of the company's focus is on building reproductions of famous discontinued electric guitar models such as the Valco Airline, and the Supro Coronado. As of Summer 2012, Eastwood Guitars produced around 60 guitar models, many of which having been well received by players and reviews. The company also produces bass guitars which are either reproductions of classic bass guitar designs or adopted from current Eastwood guitar designs, as well as exotic variants such as electric mandolins, ukelele's and lap steel guitars.
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    Fazioli Pianoforti

    Fazioli Pianoforti (Italian pronunciation: [faˈtsjɔːli]) is a piano manufacturing company based in Sacile, Italy. Fazioli currently produces 110 pianos a year from its single factory, and has annual revenues of €6 million. In 1944, Paolo Fazioli, the youngest of six sons, was born. His father ran a successful furniture factory in Rome. Paolo demonstrated a high level of musical talent, as well as a strong interest in pianos. Later, while continuing his piano studies, he attended the University of Rome as an engineering student, a requirement for managing the family business. During his studies, Paolo visited laboratories working on pianos and restoration, while studying the available literature on the subject. In 1969, Paolo earned his university diploma as an engineer at the University of Rome. In 1971, Paolo earned his degree as a Pianist at the Conservatory G. Rossini in Pesaro under the instruction of Maestro and head professor Sergio Cafaro; later of the Conservatory Santa Cecilia in Rome. He also received a Master Degree in Music Composition at the Rome Music Academy where he was guided by the composer Boris Porena. In the meantime, the elder brothers had broadened the family
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    Fodera

    Fodera

    Fodera is an American manufacturer of electric bass guitars. Fodera Basses are made in the Fodera Shop in Brooklyn, New York. Vinny Fodera and Joey Lauricella started their own company around 1983 after dissolving their working relationship with Ken Smith Basses. The company also manufactures a limited number of guitars each year. Fodera's first official instrument was a guitar. Fodera Basses are comparatively expensive. Fodera instruments are easily identified by an inlaid butterfly on the headstock of most basses. Other notable features include an atypical single-cutaway design, an ash neck and exposed dual-coil pickups with wood covers. Bartolini pickups with PJ and JJ configurations are also available on certain models. The company soon found its products in high demand among professional bassists. Today potential customers face a two-year wait for a Fodera instrument. Still quite rare, less than three thousand Fodera instruments have been created over the past 25 years. Series include: Monarch, Emperor, Emperor II, Imperial, Imperial II (formerly known as BeezElite), and NYC. Fodera also makes "Signature series"-basses, which are based on some of their most notable players
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    Korg

    Korg

    Korg Corporation (株式会社コルグ, Kabushiki-gaisha Korugu) is a Japanese multinational corporation that manufactures electronic musical instruments, audio processors and guitar pedals, recording equipment, and electronic tuners. Under the Vox brand name, they also manufacture guitar amplifiers and electric guitars. Founded in 1962 in Japan by Tsutomu Kato and Tadashi Osanai, Korg was originally known as Keio Gijutsu Kenkyujo Ltd. and later Keio Electronic Laboratories (京王技術研究所) because its fledgling offices were located near the Keio train line in Tokyo and Keio can be formed by combining the first letters of Kato and Osanai. Before founding the company, Kato ran a nightclub. Osanai, a Tokyo University graduate and noted accordionist, regularly performed at Kato's club accompanied by a Wurlitzer Sideman rhythm machine. Unsatisfied with the rhythm machine, Osanai convinced Kato to finance his efforts to build a better one. The company's first product, released in 1963, was an electro-mechanical rhythm device called the Disc Rotary Electric Auto Rhythm machine Donca matic DA-20. The name "Donca" was an onomatopoeic reference to the sound the rhythm machine made. Buoyed by the success of the
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    Moog Music

    Moog Music is an American company based in Asheville, North Carolina which manufactures electronic musical instruments. The current Moog Music is the second company to trade under that name. Based in Trumansburg, New York, Robert Moog's original company was founded as R.A. Moog Co. in 1953, manufacturing theremin kits and, later, modular synthesizer systems. This company would eventually become Moog Music in 1972, and through Bob Moog's collaboration with people like Herbert Deutsch, Moog Music produced some of the most popular synthesizers of all time. In November 1971, the company moved to Williamsville, New York. An old factory at the north end of Academy Street was purchased. The company was renamed Moog Musonics, then Moog Music. In 1976 the company moved to much better facility on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga. After becoming Moog Music, the company went through various changes of ownership, eventually being bought out by musical instrument manufacturer Norlin (who also owned the Gibson guitar company at the time). Norlin produced a number of synthesizers under the Moog name in the late 1970s, but they were less successful than Robert Moog's own designs. Poor management and
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    Musicorp

    Musicorp is a wholesale supplier of musical instruments, accessories and light products. Musicorp manufactures and sells the brand names Barcus-Berry Violins and Transducers, J.B. Player Guitars, MBT Lighting and Sound, Percussion Plus Drums and Arbor Guitars.
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    Petrof

    Petrof is a Czech piano manufacturer. The company was founded in 1864 in Hradec Králové by Antonín Petrof (d.1915) who had studied piano making in Vienna. 1857 – The company founder Antonín PETROF goes to Vienna to learn how to build grand pianos 1864 – Hradec Králové - building of the first concert grand piano 1865 – Antonín Petrof transforms his father's joinery workshop into a piano maker's workshop 1874 – The company moves to a new property in the direction of Brno 1881 – The company starts keyboard production and the construction of action 1884 – The construction of a saw mill 1894 – Start exporting instruments abroad 1895 – Subsidiary in Temesvár in Hungary opened 1908 – The company becomes a limited company. Not only the founder Antonín Petrof, but also his sons Jan, Antonín and from 1914 the youngest Vladimír (2nd generation) work for the company. 1915 – Antonín Petrof and his wife Marie, the company confidential clerk die 1928 – PETROF together with the significant American manufacturer STEINWAY open a subsidiary in London at Wigmore Street. 1932 – The company management enlarges the company administration with the 3rd Petrof generation: Dimitrij, Eduard and Eugena 1948 –
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    Roland Corporation

    Roland Corporation (ローランド株式会社, Rōrando Kabushiki Kaisha) TYO: 7944 is a Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment and software. It was founded by Ikutaro Kakehashi in Osaka on April 18, 1972, with ¥33 million in capital. In 2005, Roland's headquarters relocated to Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture. Today it has factories in Italy, Taiwan, Japan, and the USA. As of March 31, 2010, it employed 2,699 employees. It has existed in different forms since 1960, making it relatively old among still-operating manufacturers of musical electronics. Known for hundreds of popular synthesizers, drum machines, and other instruments, Roland was one of the top names in professional music equipment in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Kakehashi founded Ace Electronic Industries in 1960, a manufacturer of numerous combo organs, guitar amplifiers, and effects pedals. He was also contracted by Hammond to produce rhythm machines for the company's line of home organs. In 1973, Kakehashi cut ties with both companies to found Roland. As with many Japanese start-ups of the period, the name Roland was selected for export purposes as Kakehashi was interested in a name that was
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    Schweighofer

    Schweighofer was a famous piano manufacturer of Vienna, Austria. Established in 1792, its founder was Michael Schweighofer, who lived from 1771 to 1809. Piano manufacturing was continued by his son, Johann Michael Schweighofer, and subsequently his heirs. It continued to make pianos until 1938. Schweighofer won the Gold medal at the Vienna exhibition of 1845. They built a relatively small number of pianos per year (usually less than 200), accounting for their rarity today. The grave of Carl Schweighofer, located on the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna, is featured in the video and on the cover art for the 1981 Ultravox single Vienna.
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    Siel

    Societa Industrie Elettroniche (SIEL) was an Italian company that made electronic organs and synthesizers in the 1980s.
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    Welson

    Welson is a former Italian manufacturer of electrical guitars, keyboards and bass guitars. The guitars were especially well-known in the fifties and sixties.
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