The banjo’s birthplace is Africa or colonial America, depending on where you draw the line between banjo and banjo-ish ancestor. But while we debate the banjo’s birth, we can at least agree on where it hit puberty. That happened in America in the 20th century.
Italy is home to many distinct styles of folk music, and much of it can be traced back to the country’s formerly large peasant class. The music of the north was strongly influenced by its European neighbors, while the music of the south reflects Mediterranean cultures.
Roland Meinl founded Meinl Percussion in 1951. Based in Gutenstetten, Germany, the company is a leading manufacturer of cymbals and other percussion instruments. In addition to its sterling reputation for making cymbals out of different alloys, Meinl is noted for its fiberglass congas and plywood gongs—modern innovations in materials and manufacture.
The Paiste story begins at the turn of the century in Russia when Michail Toomas Paiste, a composer and musician, whose father had come from Estonia to serve in the Tsarist Guard, founded a publishing business and music store in St. Petersburg.
In 1931, Rickenbacker and Beauchamp founded the Rickenbacker International Corporation (RIC) and created the first modern electric guitars.
Alfred Music began back in 1922 in Tin Pan Alley as a small music publishing company. Today the brand has over 150,000 active titles.
It all started back in 1909 when William F. & Theobald Ludwig founded Ludwig & Ludwig Drum Company. In that same year, Ludwig made the first Ludwig bass drum pedal and two years later they rolled out their first Timpani model. They continued to introduce new drum products and in 1937, William established WFL Drum […]