Ellie Goulding (born Elena Jane Goulding on 30 December 1986) is an English singer/songwriter and guitarist. She rose to fame after topping the BBC Sound of 2010 poll and winning the Critics Choice Award at the 2010 BRIT Awards. After signing to Polydor Records in 2009, Goulding released her first extended play, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding, followed by her debut full-length studio album, Lights, which charted at number one in the UK charts within its first week of release.
Master violin maker Karl Hofner founded his own stringed and fretted instrument company in Schonbach, Germany in 1887. With a reputation for quality, craftsmanship and innovation, Hofner soon became the largest manufacturer of stringed and fretted instruments in Germany. Thus, in 1907 Karl Hofner was entrusted with the repair of the violin of the Saxon King, and the master performed his job to the full satisfaction of his client.
When his two sons, Josef and Walter, joined their father's company in 1919 and 1921 respectively, acoustic guitars already represented a significant part of Hofner's instrument production. In a market dominated by inexpensive student guitars during the 1920s and 1930s, Hofner guitars were already establishing new standards and the company capitalized on that leadership during the decades that followed.
Roland is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of musical instruments including pianos, keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion kits, digital recording equipment, amplifiers and audio processing devices.
Roland (UK) Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roland Corporation Japan and we're based in Swansea, South Wales.
"The roots of the Yamaha Corporation can be traced back to the organ when, in 1887, a local school needing repairs for their reed organ contacted Torakusu Yamaha, the third son of a Samurai. Yamaha, who had originally trained as a watchmaker, was so fascinated by the workings of the instrument that he decided to build one himself.
Once completed, the Yamaha founder then carried the instrument on his back to Tokyo (a round trip of 250 miles) to seek the opinions of an eminent music professor. Following that meeting the Yamaha legend was born"
Gretsch was founded 1n 1883 by Friedrich Gretsch, a young German immigrant. His Brooklyn shop was made for the manufacture of banjos, tambourines, and drums. In 1885, at the age of 39, Gretsch died, and the successful company was taken over by his son Fred. By 1916, Fred had moved the company in a larger 10-story building in the Williamsburg district, becoming one of the most prominent American musical instrument makers.