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Boston was a brand name of P&R Howard Music Ltd in Scotland - for guitars, folk instruments and drums. The P&R Howard company grew to a turnover of £4.6 million in 2005 and operated out of a warehouse in East Kilbride as the largest distributor of musical instruments in Scotland. The company went out of business in September 2013.

Source: Boston Guitars website (archived 2010)


Washington was a brand owned J.W.Jenkins & Sons a musical instrument dealer and wholesaler based in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1885 the J.W. Jenkins Company opened a factory and made acoustic guitars using the brands Harwood, Clifford and Washington.


The Marma company was founded by Karl Bauer in Mainz in 1920 and soon opened another branch in Vogtland. The company traded in bowed and plucked instruments, strings and accessories under the Marma, Guitarola, Guitarion and Silverin brand names. After the Second World War the company completely relocated to Markneukirchen, its original location in Mainz having been bombed. After Karl Bauer's death, his wife Elisabeth took over the business. In the years following the Second World War, MARMA began building its own guitars: it had its own production facility but early on there were also homeworkers who made guitars for MARMA. Frank-Peter Dietrich was responsible for purchasing and export from 1961-1964. In the 1960s, MARMA had its own workshop in which made various models of classical guitars and banjos, as well as steel stringed and electric guitars.


Vivi-Tone was a musical instrument company founded in 1933 by Lloyd Loar, Lewis A. Williams, and Walter Moon in Kalamazoo. Lloyd Loar is best known for his innovative work with Gibson from 1919 to 1924 and he carried on this inventiveness with Vivitone. The company made electrified guitars, violins, mandolins, a keyboard, and at least one amplifier - but was ultimately not a commercial success.

Buzz Vineyard

L.M. Buzz Vineyard has been building flat-top steel string guitars, carved archtop guitars and mandolin family instruments since 1972.

Source: Buzz Vineyard Facebook page (8 June 2021)


Mike Vanden makes archtop guitars and mandolins in Argyll, Scotland. Varden has been making instruments since 1979 - inspired by Gibson archtop mandolins and early archtop guitars.  Mike Vanden has also designed pickups for acoustic instruments since 1988 - including the Mimesis pickup.

Source: Vanden Guitars website (14 May 2021)

Tucker (Melvin)

Melvin Lamar Tucker (1947-2019) was born in Clarke County, Georgia. He started work with the Georgia State Patrol in 1970 as a radio operator and by the time he retired in 1997 he was a trooper first class. Tucker was a  well known luthier in the bluegrass community, building fine mandolins and acoustic guitars. He was building instruments from around 1993 until around 2018. His son Brad Tucker also worked with him building guitars.

Source: Melvin Tucker obituary 2019


Toredo instruments was a brand name of C Meisel Music Co, of New Jersey. Toredo guitars were made in Japan - some at least made by Kiso Suzuki. The range included electric guitars & basses, acoustic guitars as well as folk instruments like banjos and mandolins.


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