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Chicago Musical Instrument Colocked


Major American instrument manufacturer and distributor. The company was founded by a former Wurlitzer employee and US Navy bandsman, Maurice Henry Berlin (1895–1984), in 1920, initially as the Chicago branch of the Martin Band Instrument Co. of Elkhart, Indiana. Beginning as a distributor, CMI acquired numerous manufacturers and brands including Dallape and Scandalli (accordions), Gibson and National (guitars), William Lewis & Sons (bowed strings), Lowery (electric organs), Olds (trombones), Penzell-Mueller (clarinets), Story & Clark (pianos), Symmetricut (reeds), and others, and through its subsidiaries and contractors also produced amplifiers, effects boxes, phase shifters, etc. under the Maestro and other brands. M.H. Berlin was followed by his son, Arnold M., co-founder of Norlin Music Corp., successor in ...

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