Musical instrument manufacturers - Ka to ke

Musical instrument manufacturers - Ka to ke

Kaare E. Festvog
USA based gent that makes boutique guitar pedals under the Plum Crazy FX brand.
Distribution: In Singapore by Malcolm Tan
Homepage: -- Ebay page.
Kaare E. Festvog, 12839 Echo Lane, Saint Paul, MN 55124-8674, USA.
Tel: +1 952 388 1136.

Kafko International Ltd.
USA based manufacturer of chemicals including rosins, valve olis and other musical instrument care products. Please note that their homepage has no information whatsover on their MI related products.
Distribution: Non-Exclusive distribution in the USA by David Wexler & Co.
Homepage: .
Kafko International Ltd., 3555 W. Howard St., Skokie, IL 60076, USA.
Tel: +1 847 763 0333. Fax: +1 847 763 0334.

Kagan & Gaines Music Co. Inc.
USA based company that is primarily a musical instrument dealer based in a suburb of Chicago, but as a sideline they manufacture strings for violins under the Westminster name.
Distribution: Non-exclusive distribution in the USA by JR Music Supply
Homepage: .
Kagan & Gaines Music Co. Inc., 7655 W. Roosevelt Rd., Forest Park, IL 60130, USA.
Tel: +1 708 771 2152. Fax: +1 708 771 4674. E-Mail: info (at)

Kalamazoo (Guitars) See --> Gibson Guitar Corp.

Kalani See --> Izzo (Ukuleles)

Kamballa (World instruments) See --> Gewa Music

Kanstul Musical Instruments
USA based maker of brass wind instruments, the company also holds out a showroom in their native Anaheim, CA where you can test and buy their instruments.
Distribution: In Austria by Musikhaus Karl Schagerl
Homepage: .
Kanstul Musical Instruments, 1332 S. Claudina Street, Anaheim, CA 92805, USA.
Tel: +1 714 563 1000. Fax: +1 714 563 1661. E-Mail: sales at
Kanstul Musical Instruments showroom, 231 E. Palais Road, Anaheim, CA 92805, USA.

USA based company that manufactures musical instruments for very young children (pre-school typically) alongside accesories and educational materials for the same market.
Distribution: In Austria by Petz Kolophonium
Homepage: .
Kaplan Early Learning Company, 1310 Lewisville Clemmons Rd, Lewisville, NC 27023, USA.
Tel: +1 336 766 7374

Kapok See --> Guangzhou Pearl River Piano Group Co. (China - Guitars and other popular and classical string instruments)

Karin Rost
A German lady that specialises in making wooden inlays for musical instruments, that includes purflings for sting instruments but she is best know for her mosaic work especially accordion inlays and guitar rosettes..
Karin Rost, Hauptstrasse 69, Macken, DE-56290, Germany.
Tel: +49 (0)2605 3755. Fax: +49 (0)2605 3746. E-Mail: info !at!

Karl Heinrich (Classical string instruments) See --> Shimro

Karl Höfner
German manufacturer of classical string instruments, guitars and basses, all sold under the Höfner brand. The company has production factilities in both Germany and China and was for a long time owned by Barnes & Mullins but was independent again in 1995 after a management buyout.
Distribution: In Portugal & Spain by Enrique Keller and in the UK by Barnes & Mullins
Homepage: .
Karl Höfner GmbH & Co. KG, Egerlandstraße 38, D-91083 Baiersdorf-Hagenau, Germany.
Tel: +49 (0)9133 77580. Fax: +49 (0)9133 775858. E-Mail: hofner {at}

Karl-Joseph Schneider (Classical string instruments) See --> Shar Products

Karl Willhelm See --> GTRC Services

Katho Percusion
Spanish manufacturer of Latin American percussion instruments such as cajón's, bonguithos and shakers, note the proper spelling of name, this is the Spanish spelling of percussion.
Distribution: Worldwide distribution by Sans Luthier. Local distribution in the UK by McClelland Music Ltd.
Homepage: .
Katho Percusion, C/O Yolanda Rodriguez Cano, C/ las Acacias no 2, Las Gabias, G 1811, Spain
Tel: +34 958584831. E-Mail: info _at_

Kathrin Hauser See --> Hermann Hauser III (Classical guitars)

Kathy Wingert
USA based maker of high end acoustic steel string guitars including parlour/damen models.
Kathy Wingert, 28364 South Western Avenue #451, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, USA.
Tel: +1 310 522 9596. E-Mail: kathy {at}

Kawai Musical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd
A Japanese manufacturer of musical instruments, precision metal parts and business software with manufacturing in Japan, Indonesia, China and the USA. These days it is mostly occupied in the music sector with making pianos, both mechanical and digital, although their Lowrey Organ division in the USA also manufactures organs. The company was originally founded in 1927 in Hamamatsu, Japan by Koichi Kawai and was until the 1960's exclusively occupied with manufacturing pianos but in the 1960 the company opened up a music school called the Kawai Academy of Music and a piano technician school called Kawai Piano Technical Center, it also entered the then burgeoning guitar market with the acquisition of the Nippon Onpa Kogyo company in 1966 and while most of the output of that company continued to be sold using either the Teisco brand or a number of foreign brandnames (in addition to owning the Teisco brandname NOK was also a large OEM), there was a number of Kawai branded guitars sold as well, particularly in the latter half of the 70's and early 80's. Kawai was also the first Asian piano manufacturer to set up shop in the USA in 1963 and started assembling pianos there in the 1990s.

Kawai entered the electronic musical instruments market when it acquired NOK, but although they were mostly known as a manufacturer of guitars they also made organs, initially they continued to be sold using the Teisco brandname especially in markets were it was better known than Kawai, such as the USA, but there were some Teisco products that utilised Kawai know how (electric pianos etc) and some organs were marketed under the Kawai name in Japan, but the Kawai name gradually took over and the Kawai SX-240 analogue synthesiser introduced in 1984 is the last product that was available under the Teisco name. Kawai entered the syntheseiser market in the latter half of the 70´s, their first products were fairly simplistic monophonic synths but their later digital products are notable since they were in part based on additive synthesis making Kawai the only major instrument manufacturer that has put out such machines.
Distribution: In Greece by I. Diamantopoulos, in Hungary by Absolute Bt., in Iceland by Tónastöðin, in Norway by Morgan Instrument, in Thailand by Central Marketing Group.
Homepage: -- Kawai Europe -- Kawai USA -- Kawai Trading (China) -- Kawai Australia -- Kawai UK -- MMC aka Lowrey Organ.
Resources : The Lowrey forum homepage
Kawai Musical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd, 200 Terajima-Cho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu 430-8665, Japan.
Tel: +81 53 457 1294. Fax: +81 53 457 1300.

Kayserburg See --> Guangzhou Pearl River Piano Group Co. (China - classical string instruments)

Kazoobie Inc.
USA based manufacturer of kazoos sold using the Classic American Kazoo brand, in addition they run a webstore that sells kazoos by other manufacturers as well.
Distribution: Non-Exclusive distribution in the USA by David Wexler & Co.
Homepage: -- .
Kazoobie Inc., 12 John Galt Road, Beaufort, SC 29906, USA.
Tel: 1 800 326 0358 (Toll-free USA or Canada only) or +1 843 982 6387 (Int.).

KCC (Classical string instruments) See --> Gatchell Violins Co.

Keilwerth (Saxophones) See --> Buffet Crampon

Keith, Curtis & Clifton (Classical string instruments) See --> Gatchell Violins Co.

Keith McMillen Instruments
USA based company that manufactures USB/MIDI foot controllers, guitar interfaces and other musical instrument hardware and software gesture and control utilities.
Distribution: In France by MESI. The K-Bow is distributed in Europe by Wolf
Homepage: .
Keith McMillen Instruments, 2325 4th St., Berkeley, CA 94710, USA.
Tel: +1 510 848 3231 (Int.) or 877 812 0408 (Toll free, USA & Canada only). E-Mail: contact (at) (sales) or support |at|

Kelhorn Corporation
USA based concern that manufactures woodwind instruments and accessories sold under the Susato brand, most of them are reproductions of historical instruments but they also have some original designs like their tin-whistles. The company is also a retailer of historical and folk instruments with both an on-line presence and a retail store near Brasstown in NC. Originally founded in West Germany in 1955 by George Kelischek but moved to the USA in 1960.
Distribution: In the UK by McClelland Music Ltd
Homepage: .
Kelhorn Corporation, 199 Waldroup Road, Brasstown, NC 28902, USA.
Tel: +1 828 837 5833. Fax: +1 678 302 7501. E-Mail: susato -at-

Keller (Spanis flutes & whistles) See --> Enrique Keller

Kimble (Pianos) See --> Yamaha Corp.

Kennith Loop International Co.

Taiwanese company that manufactures musical instruments such as guitars and accessories such as cases for stringed instruments, wind instruments cleaning products and stands.
Distribution : In Greece by Philippos Nakas S.A.
Kennith Loop International Co. Ltd., 4F-17, No. 125, Songlong Road, Sinyi District, 11069 Taipei City, Taiwan.
Tel: +886 (0)2 23641266. Fax: +886 (0)2 23644062..

Ken Smith Basses
USA based manufacturer of custom electric bass guitars, bass guitar hardware and effects, also makes guitar and bass strings and wax polishes. Note that while the company has traditionally emphasised the use of the full name as a trademark, they are increasingly using just the Smith name for branding purposes.

The company has designed products for other manufacturers and licensed the KSD name to them but KSD stands for "Ken Smith Design", currently there are 2 makers selling KSD products, D'Andrea is selling budget and lower midrange products made in China while Sleek Elite in Japan is manufacturing more high end designs. In the past KSD products were made in South Korea and China, originally between 2002 and 2007 by Brooklyn Gear, who licenced the KSD name and designs from the company.
Distribution: In Finland by Soundata
Homepage: .
Ken Smith Basses Ltd. (Postal address), P.O. Box 199, Perkasie, PA 18944, USA.
Ken Smith Basses Ltd., 420 Race Street, Perkasie, PA 18944, USA.
Tel: +1 215 453 8887. Fax: +1 215 453 8084.

Kent Armstrong
UK based gent that manufactures pickups for electric guitars & basses under the Kent Armstrong & Dan Armstrong names. Although the company registration itself is in the UK, the owner is based in the USA and the hand wound pickups are made there and the mass produced pickups are actually manufactured in South Korea, the company has also in the past manufactured guitar effects and sells guitar parts in the UK under the WD Music name. In addition the operation offers pickup rewinding and repair services.
Distribution: In Japan by Sleek Elite and Zenbu and in Slovakia by MediaTech
Homepage: -- WD Music UK homepage.
Armstrong Pickups, Unit 31, Old Surrenden Manor, Bethersden, Ashford, Kent TN26 3DL, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)1233 822120.

Kevin Randall
USA based gentleman that trades as KR Musical Products, makes boutique guitar pedals, most of them emulating specific vintage models.
Kevin Randall, P.O. Box 261, White Marsh,VA 23183, USA.
E-Mail: fslp27 *at*

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