Musical instrument manufacturers - I

Musical instrument manufacturers - I

Ian Schneller
USA based gentleman that manufactures stringed musical instruments and MI amplification under the Specimen brand and subwoofers, valve based amplifiers and horn loudspeakers for home usage under the same brand but most of the stores that sell them market them under the Little Horn Speakers name but that is actually a model designation. The musical instruments he manufatures are primarily guitars and guitar like instruments like ukuleles and the gent aso holds out workshops about one a year during the summer where people are tought to build valve amplifiers.
Distribution: In Bulgaria by Top Audio Video Design (Home loudspeakers only)
Homepage: .
Ian Schneller, 1240 N. Homan Ave., Chicago, IL 60651, USA.
Tel: +1 773 489 4830. E-Mail: ian ]at}

Ibanez See --> Hoshino Gakki

Ibex (Luthiers tools) See --> Metropolitan Music Company

Ifshin Violins
USA based classical string instrument store and workshop, also sell Chinese classical string instruments under their own Jay Haide brand.
Distribution: In Europe by Thorvaldsson except for the UK where they are handled by Tim Toft Violins
Homepage: .
Ifshin Violins, 6420 Fairmount Avenue, El Cerrito, California 94530, USA.
Tel: +1 510 843 5466. E-Mail: info (at)

IK Multimedia Production srl
Italian company that manufactures a variety of products intended for the DJ, musical instrument and pro-audio markets. They are best known for products that interface with iPhone/iPad but also make computer interfaces, VST plugins and sample libraries.
Distribution: In Australia by Sound & Music Distribution, in Hungary by Absolute Bt., in Lebanon by Ragtime Technology Group, in Scandinavia by Luthman Scandinavia, in Switzerland by Leadmusic Instruments, in Turkey by Akalin Muzik Elektronik, non-exclusive distribution/wholesaling in the USA by St. Louis Music
Homepage: .
IK Multimedia Production srl, Via dell'Industria 46, 41122 Modena, Italy.
Tel: +39 059 285496. Fax: +39 059 2861671.

iLok See --> Pace Anti-Piracy Inc.

Image Line
Belgian company that makes the FL Studio sequencer for PC's and iOS in addition to a host of VST plugin synthesisers, sample playback units and processors and related sample sounds and presets. Originally founded in 1992 as a producer of pornographic games but moved into the music software business in the latter half of the 90's after the success of FruityLoops, the predecessor to FL studio.
Distribution: In Denmark by Futureware, in Japan by Hook Up Inc. and in South Africa by Tuerk Musical Technologies
Homepage: .
Image Line Software BVBA, Headquarters, Kortrijksesteenweg 281, B-9830 Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium.
Tel: +32 9 281 15 33. Fax: +32 9 281 15 01.

Indie Guitar Co.
Canadian company that makes electric guitars & basses alongside bags and other guitar related accessories.
Distribution: In the Benelux countries by JIC Music, in France by GNG Sarl, in Indonesia by Wijaya Musik
Homepage: .
Indie Guitar Co., 2107 Second St. W., Cornwall, Ontario K6H 5R6, Canada.
Tel: +1 613 936 9040. E-Mail: mark |at|

Ingenieur Büro Manfred Fricke

A long running German manufacturer of electronic music tools sold under the MBF brand, items produced include modular and integrated analogue & hybrid synthesisers, drum machines, sequencers and so on. Hr. Fricke was one of the pioneers in the manufacture of digital drum machines in the late 70's and early 80's, due to a change in fashions however most of his current designs as analogue.
Homepage: -- MFB Myspace page - Has instrument demos and other info that is not to be found on their homepage.
Ing.Büro M.Fricke, Neue Str.13, 14163 Berlin, Germany.
Tel: +030 801 56 52. Fax: +030 802 36 13. E-Mail: m.f.b (at)

Ingles (MI stands and retail systems) See --> Reliance International Corp.

Intelli Electronics Co.
South Korean company with production facilities in China and Korea that manufactures guitar and other musical instrument and PA amplifiers & speakers under the Freeman brand, effect pedals, budget guitar amplifier packages and headphone guitar amplifiers under the EXE brand but is best known for their musical instrument tuners, of which they make a dizzing array and sell them under the Intelli and Diana brands. The company is also a large OEM and as such supplies its products to a variety of other manufacturers, it also supplies unbranded or custom branded gig-bags and guitar/bass cases.

Note that the company has manufactured and/or sold guitars under the Freeman name in the past, however they were made in South Korea and should not be confused with the products of Indonesian luthier Edward Hiew who manufactures custom made acoustic guitars under the Freeman Guitars name..
Distribution: In Australia by EGM Distribution, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, The Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia by Marving Musical Instruments, in France by Magilanck and in the UK by McClelland Music Ltd. Non-exclusive worldwide distribution/wholesaling of Intelli branded guitar accessories by Samwoo Manufacturing Co.
Homepage: .
Intelli Electronics Co., 125B-5L NangDong Industrial Complex, #700-4 Gojan-Dong, Namdong-Gu, Incheon, South Korea.
Tel: +82 32 817 6218, +82 32 818 6218 and +82 32 819 6218. Fax: +82 32 813 6218. E-Mail: lee _at_ or kenni -at-

Intellitouch (Tuners) See --> Onboard Research

Irmler (Pianos & grands) See --> Julius Blüthner Pianofortefabrik GmbH

Irving Sloane See --> David Gage String Instruments (Double bass hardware)

Istanbul Zilciler Müzik Aletleri Imalat
Turkish company that manufactures cymbals under the Istanbul Agop and Alchemy brands.
Distribution: In Argentina by Hendrix Music, in Italy by Gold Music, in Russia by Music Land and in Switzerland by Sticks Musique
Homepage: -- Alchemy homepage.
Istanbul Zilciler Müzik Aletleri Imalat, Cakmakli Mah. Akcaburgaz Cad., No 12 Kirac, Esenyurt, Istanbul, Turkey.
Tel: +90 212 8863303 & +90 212 8863304. Fax: +90 212 8863306.

Istanbul Zil ve Müzik Aletleri
Turkish company that manufactures cymbals under the Istanbul Mehmet brand.
Distribution: In Poland by Soundtrade, in Thailand by Sound About Group and in Ukraine by Jazz Club.
Homepage: .
Istanbul Zil ve Müzik Aletleri San. ve Tic. Ltd. Sti., Evren Oto Sanayi Sitesi 5., Blok No:8, Hosdere Yolu, 34510 Esenyurt, Ístanbul, Turkey.
Tel: +90 212 672 16 01 and +90 212 672 65 22. Fax: +90 212 672 65 11. E-Mail: info (at)

Izzo Instrumentos Musicais

Brazilian company that manufactures musical instruments and related products under in addition importing and distributing MI products locally. Products the company makes include strings, accessories, hardware and picks for guitars and all kinds of acoustic instruments sold under the São Gonçalo and SG names drums and other percussion instruments sold under the Izzo, GOL and Timbra brands, but in addition the Izzo name is used on any kind of instrument accessories and acoustic guitars, all kinds of brass and woodwind instruments and other popular and school instruments in addition to popular sting instruments and hardware for the same are sold under the Dolphin name, classical string instrument strings under the Dominante label and Ukuleles under the Kalani stencil. Company founded in 1945 but based on a musical instrument store originally founded in 1918.

Also acts as the local distributor for: Aquarian Drumheads, Armstrong Flutes, Casio, C. G. Conn, Conn-Selmer, Denis Wick, Dunlop Manufacturing Inc., Elixir, Fender, Hercules Stands, Hohner, King, Leblanc, MXR, Paiste, Pirastro, Prelude, SD Systems, Selmer, Shadow Electronics, Todeschini, Vandoren, van Gent, Vic Firth and Vincent Bach.
Distribution: Izzo products are distributed in Mexico by Extensiones Eléctricas Y de Audio
Homepage: .
Izzo Instrumentos Musicais, Rua Hugo D'antola 46, Lapa de Baixo, São Paulo 05038-090, Brazil.
Tel: +55 11 3797 0100. Fax: +55 11 3611 2501 E-Mail: sac )at)

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