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Does anyone heard about bass brand "Harmony"??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sobemtv, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. sobemtv


    Nov 1, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    Does anyone heard about the brand of the guitar/bass called Harmony??
    Where they made from??
  2. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    The Harmony Company was an American company that, in its heyday, was the largest musical instrument manufacturer in the USA. They made many types of stringed instruments, including ukuleles, acoustic and electric guitars, and violins.

    Harmony was founded in 1892 by Wilhelm Schultz. In 1916, Sears, Roebuck and Co. purchased it, in part to corner the ukulele market. In 1928, Harmony introduced the first of many Roy Smeck models, and went on to become the largest producer in the U.S. They sold 250,000 pieces in 1923 and 500,000 in 1930, including various models of guitars, banjos, and mandolins.
    In the late 1930s, the firm began making violins again after a 19 year hiatus. They also bought brand names from the bankrupt Oscar Schmidt Co.—La Scala, Stella, and Sovereign. They sold not only Harmony products, but instruments under the Sears name, Silvertone, and a variety of trade names—Vogue, Valencia, Johnny Marvin, Monterey, Stella, and others.
    The company peaked in 1964-1965, selling 350,000 instruments, but low-end foreign competition led to the company's demise 10 years later. Between 1945 and 1975, the Chicago firm had mass produced about ten million guitars. The company reduced their output over the years, later focusing on student models sold through JCPenney.
    The Harmony Guitar Company ceased in 1975,[1] and sold the Harmony name. The name is now used by an unrelated company, the Westheimer Corp., based in Lake Barrington, Illinois that imports "reissue" guitars from Asia.
  3. snyderz

    snyderz Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Nice job kmonk. My first bass was a Harmony P. Unfortunately, heavy as a boat anchor, with enough fret sprout to lacerate your hand. But....it introduced me to the bass!
  4. Nice copy/paste from Wikipedia. Don't try that in school. Automatic F, possible expulsion. Maybe not in Jr High though.:D

    The Harmony anything are cool in a kitschy kind of way.
  5. sobemtv


    Nov 1, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    I just bought one from craiglist for $50. I was told this is MIJ from 70's or 80's, I have no idea. Very very heavy as tank. ImageUploadedByTalkBass.com1358035738.440299.
  6. snyderz

    snyderz Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Obviously it was a cut/paste, but a perfect answer to the OPs question.
  7. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    I write everything down in Notepad then cut and paste it.
    I only plagiarize myself! :)
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    There is this thing called "Google".....
  9. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Is that new???
  10. sobemtv


    Nov 1, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    This is a old bass. This pic taken after a big clean up.
  11. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    But a little attribution would be nice.
  12. sobemtv


    Nov 1, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    On the neck plate said H65N. Can't find any extra information about its year made. ImageUploadedByTalkBass.com1358045613.948803.
  13. jbossolo

    jbossolo Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    I have one of the Korean H22 reissues strung with TI flats and it sounds really good!
  14. VinKreepo


    Nov 13, 2009
    When you plagiarize, make sure your source is legit... :rollno:
  15. krstko


    Aug 29, 2011
    Cerknica, Slovenia
    I'd like to add something.
    There is another Harmony company. I don't know much about it (I've written it down, but I can't find my notes..). Anyway, Harmony was an ex-Yugoslavian company producing basses, guitars and much more. It started in 1964 and lasted till 90's. They were using mostly German made hardware, so the quality is top. I don't know much more, but I know that they were producing a short scale bass which had same pickups and pre as old Hofner basses (yay, beatles :p)
  16. sobemtv


    Nov 1, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    Thanks for extra info. So do you have any idea where and when this P bass made from? Japan? America? Or Yugo?