1) Bell Musical Instruments (UK)
With the strapline "BRITAIN'S LARGEST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SUPPLIERS" Bell had two main outlets; one in the north east of England near Darlington, Co Durham, and it's main headquarters and showrooms in Surbiton, Surrey (outskirts of south east of London).
They followed a very familiar rise to fame with Bell Accordions showroom one side of the road, and Bell Music the other. Selling everything from Hawaiian guitars, keyboards, rhythm units, amps and accessories through to top of the range guitars and synthesisers from every big name in the world!
I'm also glad to be able to name-drop Eric Clapton here. His first guitar was bought for him by his grand-parents, from this 'local music store'... mind you, a few years before this particular catalogue came out! I wonder if it was on Hire Purchase (H.P.)?
The catalogue above is a real time capsule with 66 pages of detailed info and pricing from the time. It would take a new website to bring you the full splendour (there probably is one somewhere!), so cutting to the chase, here are a few Hagstrom items included that year...
Interestingly in this catalogue, the Viking was priced £100 more than the list price elsewhere at £399!
So before anyone asks, I did contact Bell Accordions in New York. I wanted to see if there was any connection with either the Bell company above, or whether they had any dealings with Hagstrom many years ago... must be a nice bit of history to add he thought... I got a very prompt reply from Lou Lazaro:
Dear David: Thank you kindly for the above comments. However, we had no connection with Bell Accordions in the U.K. and or Hagstrom accordions. The name Bell has, and , is used by many companies in various industries. You may want to go to our website - www.Bellduovox.com The website will relate the history of Bell Duovox. Most certain that you will find it informative Good luck. Cordially. Lou Lazaro
..but both coincidences turned out to be - just that. Oh Well...
Next up, we have FCN Musical Merchandise
- Fletcher Coppock & Newman Ltd,
A company that still exists, although they have moved premises from the original Tonbridge in Kent to another location still in the south east of England.
I originally requested permission to visit and scan copies of this information from FCN in 2002, instead they offered to do this for me and send it through... Unfortunately the favour never materialised, so I am very pleased and relieved to have purchased the presentations on this site early in 2004 from a private sale.
Rather than duplicate pages or detail shown elsewhere, I shall simply point you in the direction of the leaflets from FCN at this time. You will note the true spelling of Hagstrom as "Hagström" is preserved in these leaflets, because the leaflets were printed by "BØGH & SØRENSEN/GIA"
Western Acoustics (Six and Twelve) - later incarnations of the H45/J45 and the H33/BJ12
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