Talent (Gig bags) See --> Kingstar International Enterprise
Technics (Organs, keyboards & synthesisers) See --> Panasonic
Theodor Kreutzer (Classical string instruments) See --> Grover-Trophy Music Company
Thomas H. McKinney III
Mr. McKinney stopped selling capos in the early 90's but are now being manufactured by Phill Elliott, but a large contingent of USA manufacturers make similar capos including Huber Banjos? and Showcase which was one of the companies that made capos for Mr. McKinney earlier.
Three S See --> Suzuki Violin Co.
Titan (Drums & percussion) See --> Grover-Trophy Music Company
Top Strings See --> Rotosound
Torque (Acoustic guitar amplifiers) See --> Enrique Keller
Tribal Planet Ltd.
In 2004 the company formed a new company to sell harmonicas, it was called Tribal Planet Harmonica Company Ltd., it was based in Birtley in Tyne & Wear, England which I gather was the actual physical address of the company rather than the one in Slough that the original company remained listed in. In 2005 the new company introduced a range of 19 harmonicas under the Planetone brand, these were Chinese made like their gig bags and based on existing design that had been sold in the East under a variety of names but featured some improvements like nickel plated phosphor bronze reeds for corrosion resistance (some peoples mouth water is very acidic) and other minor improvements, not a surprise considering the owners background history with Hohner. The harmonicas received mixed reviews but were generally fairly favourably received.
The company was very active in 2007 and managed to get a distribution deal with Fender in the USA and later that year their harmonica range was introduced to the USA with much fanfare and an endorsement from American player Johnny Mars, in addition the company claimed to be working on a revolutionary new harmonica to be released in 2008.
The company went quiet during the summer of 2008 and no new products were released that year, their main distributor Music Essentials seems to have disappeared that year as well but it is not known if that had any effect on the company, but by that time a number of competitors had shown up with products similar to their Gigbag Cases, noticeably their former distributor Fender is currently selling guitar bags with very similar basic design as the Tribal Planet product, but it is not known if Fender decided to clone their products and that affected the company or if it was the other way around and Fender felt it had to supply a replacement product after the demise of TP. In the latter half of that same year a number of consignments of their Planetone harmonicas were offered to wholesalers with huge discounts and both Tribal Planet and TB Harmonica Company were dissolved in July 2009. Planetone harmonicas have since then appeared on in the catalogue of Scottish musical instrument wholesaler Steve Clinkscale Music at very keen prices but it is not known if they have taken over the brand or if these are stock remains.
Resources : -- The companys Myspace page, still open although not active -- Facebook page - ditto.
Tru Grip (USA - guitar stands 80's) See --> Evetscorp
Tune Slave (USA - electronic tuners 80's) See --> Evetscorp
Twinkle See --> Shar Products (Classical string instrument beginners packs/kits - 80's & 90's)
Urban Safari See --> Artistic Cover Products (Instrument cases - USA)
Valdesta (Acoustic & electronic pianos) See --> GTRC Services
The electronics were passive but cleverly wired, the two pickups are humbuckers that were designed and hand wound by Mr Citron himself, they were offered with two or three coil taps, and on top of an overall volume control each pickup has an individual volume and tone controls, in addition to a phase reversal switch all the pots are push out (push-pull) switches that serve a dual function that alongside the dual or triple ouput taps allow for quite a complex choice of sounds and in addition much of their instruments are stereo wired. Tuning hardware appears to be high end variants of Schaller while on early instruments all the other bits were custom made out of lacquered brass, but on post-1979 models only the bridge and tailpieces remained in their the custom form, the rest became commercially available hardware.
In 1978 the company introduced a line of acoustic guitars, for some reason the acoustics are never mentioned in company histories and unlike the electric products these seem genuinely rare, but at the same time V-C also started to offer a 8 string bass that for a short while became very popular. By this time the company was offering their electric instruments in a variety of body woods including Indian Rosewood, Koa and Walnut.
Verve (Drums & percussion) See --> GTRC Services
Vibra-Bell (Brass parts for instruments) See --> Grover-Trophy Music Company
Vito See --> Conn-Selmer
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