Musical instrument manufacturers - Lb to L9

Musical instrument manufacturers - Lb to L9

L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH
Austrian manufacturer of high end pianos sold under the Bösendorfer name, originally founded in the 1790's in Vienna by Prussian master craftsman Joseph Brodmann, when he retired in 1828 it was taken over by his apprentice Ignaz Bösendorfer and renamed after him. Bought by Kimball in 1966 and sold to investors in 2002 when Kimball exited the music business.

The company entered the loudspeaker business just after 2000 under the Bösendorfer Audio name and with high end designs by Hans Deutsch Akustikforschung that were quite successful, but the changes at the company brought on by the ownership change also meant managerial issues and in the end some of the staff left to found Joseph Brodmann Piano. Taken over by Yamaha Corp. in 2007 who replaced much of the original board of the company and placed Brian Kemble as a managing director (he of the Kemble Piano family), but Yamaha was only interested in the piano side of the company and the loudspeaker line was discontinued. Brodmann Acoustics has now taken over the manufacture of the designs that Bösendorfer was manufacturing.
Distribution: In Bulgaria by Kirov High End, in Greece by Philippos Nakas S.A., in Iceland by Tónastöğin, in New Zealand by Music Works Ltd, in South Korea by Sovico Corp, in Spain by Werner S. A. and in Switzerland by Marlex.
Homepage: .
L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH, Bösendorferstrasse 12, A-1010 Vienna, Austria.
Tel: +43 (1) 504 66 51 0 and +43 (1) 505 35 18.

LeaderShell (Snares) See --> Ryan Wolstencroft

Leather Specialties Company
USA based maker of leather guards, protectors, straps and bags for brass instruments and accesories for woodwind instruments.
Distribution: In Europe by Gewa Music
Homepage: .
Leather Specialties Company, 726 Everett Rd., Pisgah Forest, NC 28768, USA.
Tel: +1 828 966 9685. Fax: +1 828 884 5907.

Lebayle (Clarinet mouthpieces & ligatures) See --> Frederic Lebayle

LeBlanc See --> Conn-Selmer

Lee Guitars
Taiwanese company that manufacture high end acoustic guitars in China, these are made in limited numbers and thus usually not seen outside of Asia. Their main claim to fame is the usage of thicker wood in the body frame than is usual. Most of their current product line was originally designed by Malcolm Tan.
Distribution: In Hong Kong by Tom Lee Music, in Japan by Rock Inn and in Malaysia by The Guitar Store
Homepage: .
Lee Guitars Workshop, 5F, No 246 Sec 5 Chung HsiaoE. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan.
Tel: +886 2 2720 5718. E-Mail: service \at/

Le'Esperanto (Rosins) See --> Walter Geipel

Légère Reeds
Canadian manufacturer of synthetic reeds for clarinets and saxophones.
Distribution: In France by SML and in the UK by Bill Lewington Ltd. Non-exclusive distribution in the USA by Conn-Selmer
Homepage: .
Légère Reeds Ltd., 39 Weatherup Crescent, Barrie, Ontario L4N 7J6, Canada.
Tel: +1 705 735 1559. Fax: +1 705 735 4097.

Lenzner Musiksaiten Leonhardt GmbH
German company that manufactures high end handmade strings for musical instruments out of both metal and synthetic materials, strings sold under the Lenzner brand for guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin, cello, mandola, ouds, bouzoukis, autoharps, zither, viola and bass. Strings sold under the Fisoma brand for bowed instruments, guitars, mandolins and related instruments, some of them specifically intended for historical equipment or classic designs, the Monotex brand is used for electric guitar and bass strings.

The company has been manufacturing strings for musical instruments and jewellers for more than 250 years and for more than 110 years under the current name.
Distribution: Non-exclusive distribution/wholesaling by Petz Kolophonium in Europe and in the USA by JR Music Supply
Homepage: .
Lenzner Musiksaiten Leonhardt GmbH., Wernitzgrüner Strasse 38, D-08258 Markneukirchen, Germany.
Tel: +49 37422 40 604. Fax: +49 37422 6026. E-Mail: info >at<

Leonida (Strings) See --> Savarez

Les Ateliers de la Corde
Canadian company that manufactures electric guitars under the XXL Guitars brand, these are loosely based on old Danelectro designs.
Les ateliers de la corde, 5425 de Bordeaux, Suite 003, Montréal, Québec H2H 2P9, Canada.
Tel: +1 514 522 2647. E-Mail: marc _at_

Leslie (Doppler effect amplifiers) See --> Suzuki Musical Instruments

Let's Party (Musical toys) See --> Grover-Trophy Music Company

Levante (Castanets) See --> Levante

Levinson AG.
Swiss company that manufactures electric guitars and basses under the Blade brand and acoustic guitars under the Levinson Acoustic Guitars name, the 2 lines are typically distributed seperatly. Company run by USA born Gary Levinson and has production factilities in both Switzerland and China.
Distribution: In Greece by Philippos Nakas S.A., in Hungary by Tone-Italia and on Reunion Island by Fotelec. Levinson Acoustic Guitars distribution: In Germany by Ahead Music
Homepage: -- Levinson Acoustic Guitars Facebook page.
Levinson AG, Postfach 1006, 4123 Allschwil, Switzerland.
Tel: +41 61 486 9700. E-Mail: blade(at)

Levy's Leathers

Canadian based leather company, most of their output are products for musicians including straps and bags for string instruments and other leather based accessories.
Distribution: In Australia by Australis Music
Homepage: .
Levy's Leathers, 90 Disraeli Freeway, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2Z4, Canada.
Tel: +1 204 957 5139. E-Mail: levys ~at~

Liandro DiVacenza (Classical string instruments) See --> Kolstein

Lien Violins Instruments Ltd.
Taiwanese company that manufactures violins, violas, cellos, double basses and related accessories such as cases, strings and bows, the instruments are sold both as finished products and as white instruments. The company usually sell their products under the shortened Lien Violins name although most of their dealers sell their instruments under the name of the workshop master: David Lien. The company runs a couple of retail operations that sells their products as well, both based in Taipei..
Distribution: In Denmark by Violinds and in Germany by Mezzo-Forte Streichinstrumente.
Homepage: .
Lien Violins Instruments Ltd., 1F, No 7, Alley 3, Lane 236, Sec.5 Chung-hsiao E. Road, Sinyi District, Taipei 110, Taiwan.
Tel: +886 2 2345 5000. Fax: +886 2 2345 3161. E-Mail:
Lien Violins Instruments Ltd.- Guting store, 10F.-1, No.10, Sec. 1, Heping E. Rd., Da-an District, Taipei 106, Taiwan.
Tel?(02)2368 5278. Fax?(02) 2368 7864.

Line 6
USA based manufacturer of guitar and home recording oriented electronics, makes amplifiers, studio intaerfaces, guitars with built in modelling, software and wireless products etc. The company was originally founded in 1985 as a parthership between Michel Doidic and Marcus Ryle (both ex-Oberheim) called Fast Forward Designs, while FFD did release some products under its own name, primarily MIDI utilities they primarily operated as a contract designd group that designed products for other companies, noticably Alesis Corp. and Suzuki Musical Instruments. In 1996 the company was incorperated under the Line 6 name and has since concentrated on making its own products.
Distribution: In Australia by Australis Music , in Estonia by R Music, in Greece by Philippos Nakas S.A., in Hungary by Sound Work Kft., in Iceland by Tónastöğin, in Italy by Proel, in Poland by Lauda Audio, in Scandinavia by Luthman Scandinavia, in Thailand by M. I. Engineering and in Turkey by Kivilcim Grup. Non-exclusive distribution in the Caribbean and South & Central America by Consolidated Music Export Inc..
Homepage: .
Line 6 Inc., 26580 Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA 91302-1921, USA.
Tel: +1 818 575 3600. Tel: +1 818 575 3601.
Line 6 Inc. (UK), The POD, Clifton House, Butler's Leap, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 3RQ, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)1788 566 566. Fax: +44 (0)1788 566 529.

Lisa's Oboe Reedery
USA based company that makes oboe and cor anglais/English horn reeds and cane.
Lisa's Oboe Reedery, PO Box 1052, Portage, MI 49081, USA.
Tel: +1 413 245 0050..

Live Wire See --> GTRC Services

Lizard Leg (Pedals) See --> Steve Miller

LMI See --> GTRC Services

The Loar See --> Shanghai Chaobo Musical Instruments Co.

Lookab (Cables) See --> 2M Kablo

Low End (Basses, guitars & pedals) See --> Brian Barnett

LTD (Guitars & basses) See --> ESP Co.

Lucero See --> GTRC Services

Lucida See --> Shanghai Chaobo Musical Instruments Co.

Lucky-13 See --> Dunlop Manufacturing Inc.

Ludwig (Drums & percussion) See --> Conn-Selmer

Luis Negri
Spanish manufacturer of cases and trunks for violins, these are sold under the Negri brand and are made primarily in Argentina although the company also has production factilities in Italy and Germany for their higher end models.
Distribution: Non-exclusive distribution/wholesaling by Petz Kolophonium
Homepage: -- USA storefront.
Luis Negri, Carretera San Cibrán 42, Vigo, Spain.
Tel: +34 603479819. E-Mail: luis {at}

Luna Guitars See --> Armadillo Enterprises

Luthier Music Corporation
USA based company, primarily a classical guitar specialist retail outlet based in New York, but also sells nylon strings and straps for classical guitars under the Luthier or Luthier High Quality brands.
Distribution: In Japan by Rokkoman. Non-exclusive distribution/wholesaling by Petz Kolophonium
Homepage: .
Luthier Music Corporation, 341 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036, USA.
Tel: +1 212 397 6038. Fax: +1 212 693 6048. E-Mail: guitar at, sales (at) or info |at|

Lyons See --> GTRC Services

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