In 1908, Matsujiro Hoshino opened a bookstore in Nagoya, Japan called Hoshino Shoten. As time progressed, the owner grew fascinated by Salvador Ibanez guitars and began importing them from Spain. In 1935, Hoshino Gakki decided to start his own guitar brand called Ibanez. The late 80s and 90s were the most successful moments for the brand as the company landed highly sought-after musicians including Steve Vai and George Benson.

Ibanez became known as top of the line guitars with high craftsmanship. These guitars are built in a premium factory to premium quality standards. Ibanez produces many instruments including electric and acoustic guitars, basses, hollow bodies, electronics and accessories. Many world class artists like Joe Satriani, Paul Stanley and Tosin Abasi continued patronizing this brand.

In 1965, Hoshino Gakki began manufacturing drums under the name “Star Drums”. By 1979, Hoshino decided to make a concerted effort to make high-quality drums and hardware and start marketing its drums under the Tama brand. Tama’s research and development of products, along with production of its professional and most expensive drums, is done in Seto, Japan, while its hardware and less expensive drums are manufactured in Guangzhou, China.

Tama became the strongest name in drums and one of the first companies to offer super heavy-duty hardware. It has its’ unique sound and solid design, it is no wonder why they are one of the top drum manufacturers in the world and many world class artists like Lars Ulrich, Roger Taylor, Mike Portnoy, Charlie Benante, and Stewart Copeland are enjoying this brand. Tama has a wide array of drum kits, ranging from beginner to professional. They were the first company to produce the boom stand, and multi clamps for cymbals.

Korg was founded in 1962 in Japan by Tsutomu Katoh and Tadashi Osanai as Keio Gijutsu Kenkyujo Ltd. Korg Inc. 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.

Korg is credited with a number of innovations and landmark products. It has been diversified into digital effects, tuners, recording equipment, electronic hand percussion, and software instruments. Multiple world class artists have been enjoying Korg all over the world.

Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a piano manufacturing company headquartered in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan, established in August 1927. It is best known for its grand pianos, upright pianos, electronic keyboards and electronic synthesizers.

Its renowned Shigeru Kawai Research and Development Laboratory enables exploration of new concepts, designs and materials that help Kawai to continually deliver to the high level of piano standards today. The brand has earned recognition through The Winner’s Choice and for both environmental and technological leadership in the industry. Many pianists choose from Kawai’s Concert Art Series (CA) and Concert Performer Ensemble Series (CP) pianos. And numerous top performing musicians prefer ES Series and MP Series Stage Pianos by Kawai.

The Avedis Zildjian Company, simply known as Zildjian is an American cymbal manufacturer founded in Constantinople by Armenian Avedis Zildjian in the 17th century. He discovers a secret process for treating alloys and applies it to the art of making cymbals of extraordinary clarity and sustainability. The sultan’s famed Janissary bands are quick to adopt Avedis’ cymbals for daily calls to prayer, religious feasts, royal weddings and the Ottoman army. As Avedis’ reputation grew, the Sultan gave him the name “Zildjian” in Armenian (Zilciyan in Turkish), a word meaning “son of cymbal maker.”

Being nearly 400 years old, Zildjian is one of the oldest companies in the world. It is known as the largest cymbal manufacturer in the world. Zildjian also sells drum-related accessories, such as drum sticks and cymbal carriers. Zildjian is dedicated and desirable to be the best cymbal distributor as this moment which leading them away to the world of cymbals. If you’re a drummer who demands nothing but the best, trust Zildjian to bring your kit to life.

Manufacturas Alhambra S.L., established in Spain in 1965, with 50 years of experience in the construction of the best handmade classical, flamenco and steel string guitars in the world. It has more than 14.000 square meters used for creating unique pieces using a perfect union between the tradition of handmade work and the most modern woodworking techniques. The quality and reliability of the musical instruments manufactured by Alhambra, are assured thanks to the implementation of a comprehensive production process control system, which begins with the selection of the best raw materials. This is a quality commitment that Alhambra extends through its three-year guarantee and careful after-sales service.

In 1958, Tom Jennings and Dick Denney formed a company called Jennings Musical Instruments (JMI). Together they designed and built the first Vox amp, the AC-15. This amplifier, marked the very first appearance of the VOX name on a guitar amplifier and thus began an institution that has thrived for nearly 60 years. Vox has been owned by the Japanese electronics firm Korg since 1992, founded in Dartford, Kent, England.

Vox amplifiers have served as the foundation for some of the most memorable moments in musical history in this past year. They continue to make innovative products and serve as the voice for countless musicians. Vox has emerged as a leader in the digital amp modeling market with the release of its Valvetronix line of digital amplifier modelers. The sound of VOX amplifiers has left a lasting impact on popular music that still reverberates today. The most influential artists in the world continue to rely on VOX amplifiers to deliver world-class tone in the finest studios and on the biggest stages around the globe.

 

Founded in 1924 by Mr. Franz Sandner from the village of Schoenbach, Germany, Franz Sandner pianos have established a reputation for making outstanding pianos in the German town of Neuhiem. With patiently acquired skills over years of relentless hard work and pursuit of perfection, the Franz Sandner name has come a long way to become a global brand representing fine quality and workmanship. In 1980’s, they began manufacturing violins and guitars, and expanded their musical enterprise to include pianos and wind instruments as well. The Sandner name has a reputation for high quality student and orchestral violins, violas and cellos. All instruments are made under the supervision of the Sandner family.

Dynatone is the first established as the Electrical instruments and became the 1st producer of electrical musical instruments in Korea since 1987. They have been developing and producing newer and better products with modern and sophisticated designs. They continue to provide a standard for acoustics and musical instruments around the world and provides a top of the line percussion instruments, strings, woodwinds and brasses.

Using the knowledge and expertise gained from 27 years of experience as a stepping stone, Dynatone Corporation has gone on to develop, to produce and to sell acoustic guitars, ukuleles, violins, and flutes. Dynatone Corporation endeavors to not only be a leading producer of electronic keyboards and digital pianos, but to be the leading brand that produces a comprehensive line of musical instruments of the highest caliber. Grounded on a customer-centered philosophy, Dynatone Corporation is committed to producing products that satisfy the aesthetic and technical needs and desires of people worldwide. By using refined technical skills and sophisticated design as the basis, Dynatone has and will continue to produce superior quality instruments with better functionality and provide customer oriented services.

Founded in 1974 by John DAddario, Sr. and his sons John, Jr. and Jim, D’Addario and Company. D’Addario is the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument strings, and is a leading manufacturer in of accessories for fretted, bowed, percussion, and woodwind instruments. The family is currently represented by the fourth generation of D’Addarios who have made music strings in the United States, but their string-making roots can be traced back to the 1600s in Salle, Italy.

As the largest string manufacturer in the world, D’Addario strives every day to maximize production and service efficiencies to provide customers with the highest quality product available on the market. In D’Addario, quality, tradition, and customer service converge as one package to become The Player’s Choice in music accessories.

The Music People Ltd. is a production music distributor based in Toronto, Canada and was created in 1975. The Music People! Inc. also owns and manufactures On-Stage Stands support stands. Founded on a promise of affordability, durability and innovation, On-Stage Stands products are used everyday in studios, showrooms, and on stages everywhere.

Innovators of the finest musical instrument and mic stands for 36 years, The Music People! Inc. has been one of the nation’s leading suppliers of microphones and pro audio equipment. It has grown to include over 300 products in 8 different categories: Guitar, Microphone, Keyboard, Workstation, Rack/Amp/Mixer, Speaker, Lighting, and Band & Orchestra. In each category, On-Stage Stands has become a leader, changing the way musicians display, support, and protect their prized instruments and equipment. Today, professionals and amateurs all over the world put their trust in On-Stage Stands.

Founded in 1983, Medeli Electronics is a digital musical instrument developer and manufacturer based in Hong Kong. Medeli proved its early success in the 1980s by selling over 1 million units of its electric keyboard as a start, followed by the development of digital pianos, digital drums and other digital audio devices, adding greater dynamics to the product range. Currently it has grown into a company of over 1000 employees and with operations across Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Zhuhai.

Medeli Electronics believes the full enjoyment of music greatly relies on high-quality musical instruments. The company is dedicated to producing top quality digital products for players of all kinds of music. With a wide range of products, we satisfy the demands from beginners to professionals. Best of all, our products are tailored for various kinds of music enthusiasts.

Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc. was founded as a small, family-owned and operated company in 1965, Located in Benicia, California. Grown to be a leading manufacturer of electronic effects, picks, capos, slides, strings and other musical instrument accessories. Dunlop is the home of such legendary products as the Cry Baby wah and Tortex picks.

The next 50 years will see Dunlop expanding on the lines of picks, capos, slides, and stomp boxes. Already an accessories powerhouse, Dunlop is now branching out into the string business, with state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and support from top musicians such as Marcus Miller, Jerry Cantrell, and Zakk Wylde. Hailed by many as one of the last true rock and roll companies, Dunlop understands and reveres tradition while embracing the future with the vision, drive, and tenacity that the founder put into creating his very first pick 50 years ago.

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