Alan Cringean Guitars Scottish manufacturer of custom made bass guitars and bass guitar electronics, usually sold under the ACG brand. Distribution: In Japan by Sleek Elite Homepage:http://www.acguitars.co.uk . Alan Cringean Guitars, Causeway Street, Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. Mobile: +44 (0)7754 502 366.
Albert Augustine USA based manufacturer of strings for classical guitars, both nylon and metal, they have also more recently started selling student level classical guitars. The company was founded in 1928 by Danish immigrant Albert Augustine as a guitar workshop and with time more or less specialised in classical guitars originally based on an early Antonio de Torres guitar design he owned althou over time his guitars started to show Hermann Hauser influences. In 1946 AA was the first USA company to mass produce nylon strings in association with E. I. du Pont de Nemours. Manufacture of Augustine branded guitars stopped with Hr. Augustine's death in 1967 but his wife Rose Augustine ran it as an strings manufacturer until her death in 2003. The manufacture of Augustine guitars was taken over by Frank Haselbacher in 1969. Distribution: In France by SML, in Greece by Philippos Nakas S.A., in Ireland and the UK by John Hornby Skewes & Co Ltd and Barnes & Mullins, in Mexico by Distribuidora Gonher and in New Zealand by Music Works Ltd. Non-exclusive distribution/wholesaling in the USA by St. Louis Music Homepage:http://albertaugustine.net . Albert Augustine, 30-10 41st Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA. Tel: +1 917 661 0220. E-Mail: mail [at] albertaugustine.com
Albest Musical Instruments Co. Taiwanese manufacturer of saxophones and brass instruments that they sell under the P. Mauriat or P. Mauriat Paris brand. Company founded in 1998 in Taipei. Distribution: In the UK by Worldwind Music and in the USA by St. Louis Music Homepage:http://www.pmauriatmusic.com . Albest Musical Instruments Co. Ltd., 6F, No. 2 Lane 265, Sec 4, Xin Yi Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan. E-Mail: service :at: pmauriatmusic.com
Al Cassinelli Mouthpiece Co. USA based company that manufactures valve, slide and key oil for brass instruments, they have also made trumpet mouthpieces until recently but appear to have stopped that for the time being. Usually marketed using the shorter Al Cass name. Distribution: In the UK by Bill Lewington Ltd. Non-exclusive distribution in the USA by Conn-Selmer Homepage:http://alcassbrass.com . Al Cassinelli Mouthpiece Co., 25 Depot St, Milford, MA 01757-3612, USA. Tel: +1 508 715 4300 or +1 508 473 3572. E-Mail: sales (at) alcassbrass.com
Alessandro Marseglia Italian maker of classical style guitars, is especially known for making instruments that have an unusually loud tone and thus very popular with classical concert guitarists. No known homepage. Alessandro Marseglia, Via Pisacane Carlo 2, 80078 Pozzuoli, Napoli, Italy. Tel: +39 (0)81 5266008..
Alfonso Arnoldo Iturra Nilo Chilean gentleman that usually trades as just “Alfonso Iturra”, manufactures high end electric guitars, bass guitars, archtops and classical guitars but remains best known for his basses, stunning handiwork at times and fairy keen prices for instruments of that quality. Homepage:http://www.alfonsoiturra.com Alfonso Arnoldo Iturra Nilo, Pje.bombero Lucio Zúñiga, 805, Rancagua, Rancagua VI, Chile. Tel: +56 72 754216. Mobile: +56 08 9777077. E-Mail: aiturra !at! mail.com.
Algam S.A.S. French musical instrument distributor that also trades under the SML name when dealing with (mostly) classical music instruments. Manufactures guitars & basses under the Lâg brand including both high end models made in France and medium priced ones made in Asia, sells budget guitars and amplifiers under the Jim Harley name, classical guitars & other folk instruments under the Santo y Mayor and Sylvana stensils, African and latin American percussion products under the Tanga brand, guitar bags and cases under the Tobago name, guitar cables and parts under the Yellow stensil and stands and fasteners under the R. T. X. label in addition to selling mostly Asian sourced wind instruments under the SML Paris name. Note that the company appears to be slowly discontinuing the use of the Yellow and Tobago brands.
Algam was initially founded in 1972 as a manufacturer of ethnic musical instruments and accessories under the Camac brand but that side of the business was sold a few years back and is now the harp specialist Camac. It entered the guitar business in 2003 after it lost the Gibson distribution rights in France, but the company had already invested in the Michel Lâg-Chavarria operation a year earlier. Algam had a particularily close relationship with Japanese guitar manufacturer Takamine that they had been distributing since the 70's and that was the reason they stopped making acoustic guitars when they took over the Lag operation, but when Fender took over KMC Music in 2007 and moved the distribution of Takamine to Fender Europe, Algam responded by dropping design cooperation with the company but Algam was actually the originator of the Takamine Natural series and another guitar design was in the works that the company had intended to introduce in cooperation with Takamine in 2008 but was in the end released as a Lag product in 2010.
The SML branch was originally founded as Strasser-Marigaux-Lemaire in 1935 as a manufacturer of wind instuments that sold clarinets and oboes under the Marigaux name, flutes under the Louis Lot name and saxes under the SML brand, had had by the 80's become a MI distributor and an oboe specialist working under the "SML Marigaux" name, the instrument manufacture was sold off and is now Marigaux.. Distribution: All non-classical instruments are distributed on Reunion Island by Fotelec. Lag guitars are distributed in Poland by Lauda Audio, in Scandinavia by Luthman Scandinavia and in the UK and Ireland by Barnes & Mullins. Jim Harley, Tanga and RTX products are sold in Italy by Bode SRL Homepage:http://www.algam.net -- SML homepage -- La Boite Noire Du Musicien - Wholesale catalogue -- Lág Guitars homepage. Algam S.A.S., 2 rue de Milan, 44484 Thouaré Cedex, France. Tel: +33 (0)2 40 18 37 00. SML, 20 rue Bouvier, 75011 Paris, France. Tel: +33 (0)1 53 27 64 90. Fax: +33 (0)1 40 09 83 21.
Allen Organ Co. USA based company that makes digital and hybrid digital/pipe church and theatre organs, loudspeakers and hybrid general MIDI/Organ sample expanders under the Allen Organs name and church sound systems under the Allen Audio brand. The company owned majority interest in Legacy Audio between 1997 and 2006 and during that time Legacy speakers were made in the Allen factory. The company is often credited with inventing and building the first commercialised digital instrument in 1971 and its subsidiary RMI with selling the first sample playback instrument in 1973, but in actual fact the digital organ sold by Allen was invented and built by Rockwell with Allen only doing final assembly and the RMI Keyboard Computer did not play back samples. For service and parts for the first generation of Allen digital organs see: Harrison Laboratory. Homepage:http://www.allenorgan.com -- Allen Organs UK -- Allen Audio Allen Organ Co., 150 Locust Street, P.O. Box 36, Macungie, PA 18062-0036, USA. Tel: +1 610 966 2202. Fax: +1 610 965 3098..
Alleva-Coppolo USA based manufacturer of solid-bodied electric guitars & basses, some of their their basses nota bene can be had in 6 string variations. Distribution: In Japan by Sleek Elite Homepage:http://allevacoppolo.com . Alleva-Coppolo, 1245 West 9th Street, Upland, CA 91786-5706, USA, Tel: +1 909 981 9019. E-Mail: jimmy _at_ allevacoppolo.com