Amati-Denak

Summary

Amati-Denak is a manufacturer of wind and percussion instruments, parts, and accessories. Located in the Czech Republic, their products include clarinets, flutes, bassoons, saxophones, trumpets, cornets, flugelhorns, alto horns, mellophones, baritone horns, euphoniums, trombones, tubas, horns, and bugles.

Geneva Instruments have announced that they have become the new owners of the Czech Republic musical instrument company Amati-Denak.

BackgroundEdit

Before World War II, Kraslice (then named in German, Graslitz) was a mostly German-speaking town, which had nevertheless been under Czechoslovakian control, along with the rest of Sudetenland, since the 1919 Treaty of Saint-Germain. Kraslice housed 59 musical instrument manufacturers before WWII,[1] among them Hüller & Co, Bohland & Fuchs, A.K. Hüttl, and Julius Keilwerth. During the war, much of the manufacturing capacity was converted to war-time use, and others had to halt production.

After the war, the newly restored government of President Beneš aimed to make the Czechoslovak state entirely Slavic, and initiated a large scale expulsion of ethnic Germans. Most of the German-speaking population of Graslitz was expelled to Germany, and the town was renamed Kraslice. Some of the expelled instrument makers would continue their business in other places, like the Musikwinkel of Germany.

Meanwhile, the remaining musical instrument manufacturers in Kraslice (now mostly ethnic Czechs) were organized into a cooperative of musical instrument manufacturers. The cooperative was named Amati after the famous family of violin makers. It would in 1948 come to be nationalized by the newly elected communist regime, along with all other manufacturing and agriculture.

Amati was privatized in 1993 and is now one of the largest instrument manufacturers in Europe.[2] The company owns the Amati, Stowasser and V. F. Červený & Söhne brands, which used to be independent companies themselves. Amati currently has around 200 employees. The main factory of the company is located in the western part of the Czech Republic in Kraslice. The second factory is located in Hradec Králové.[3] Amati provides tours where the visitors can see how the instruments are made from the beginning stages to the end.[4]

Geneva Instruments have announced that they have become the new owners of the Czech Republic musical instrument company Amati-Denak.

ProductsEdit

Amati-Denak manufactures wind musical instruments, clarinets, trumpets, flutes, bassoons, saxophones, tubas, woodwinds, cases, stands, and other accessories.[5]

DistributionEdit

Amati-Denak distributes its products to the continents of Europe, America, Asia, Africa, and Australia.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History". Amati. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Amati Philosophy". Amati. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Present". Amati. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Amati Excursion". Amati. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  5. ^ "AMATI - Denak, s.r.o." AXIGON. Archived from the original on 28 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Dealers Amati". Amati. Retrieved 27 October 2013.

External linksEdit

  • Geneva Instrument Group
  • Company web site
  • History of Amati