George Lyon retired from the company in 1889 (died 1894).Patrick Healy then led the company into a period of major expansion, beginning with a larger new factory and improved mass-production techniques, and soon dominated the domestic market.A stateside manufacturing operation was opened in 1991 for higher-end, short-run, and one-off instruments, as well as development and prototyping.
It was well worth the price paid potential owners to identify the model number and approximate date of manufacture of a particular instrument.
Unfortunately, the author fails to reach any conclusions about the design philosophy underlying the Washburn brand and comes to no conclusions about whether the designers (George Durkee and Walter Kirk) were successful.
The vintage guitar collecting market continues to grow.
This book is the first of its kind to report on Washburn guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles made before 1940.
This book is a great resource for finding information on Lyon & Healy Washburn instruments..
I usually look on the internet for information but there is so much more in this book than you can find online.
Tom Beckmen and his wife Judy Fink Beckmen in 1972 left careers as music salesman and teacher (respectively) to launch a wholesale music business in Los Angeles, Beckmen Musical Instruments.
It was Beckmen Music that resurrected the Washburn name, and beginning in 1974 applied it to a series of quality imported acoustic guitars, made in Japan by Terada, as well as a selection of mandolins and banjos.
A few years later, Schlacher opened The Sound Post (in Evanston, Illinois) to focus on guitars.
He soon realized the sales potential for lower-cost quality instruments.
On December 15, 2002, Washburn International announced that it had completed acquisition of U. Music Corporation, Schlacher remained as CFO, appointing Gary Gryczan to COO; Gryczan had been Washburn's CFO from 1995 through 1998. Very few modern Washburn instruments have been built by the company itself.