Uilke Egmond a former railway-man, started his music shop in 1932 in Valkenswaard. He gave violin lessons and sold some instruments there. When he moved to Eindhoven ( 1934?? ) he opened a shop there.Together with his sons Gerard, Jaap and Dick, who joined him in World War II, he started building guitars there.
During the sixties The Egmond Company became one of the biggest guitar luthiers of Europe. From 1961 they had a brandnew factory in Best. Towards the early eighties the company moved to Boxtel. Egmond made thousands of instruments that were distrubeted all over the world. Finally they couln't survive the concurrence of the Japanese luthiers.
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Here they are: The Egmond Brothers
Their new factory in Best
Theo Olfers ( designer ) is watching an Egmond catalogue at the opening of the new factory in Best in 1961. Behind him are hanging ( l. to r.) A Princess 5; Electra bass and Bass 7. Behind him is another Princess.
Is this what he sees in his catalogue???
Theo was the designer of one of rarest Egmonds nowadays. The Egmond Double Neck Guitar. Only a few were made.
6 string & mandoline
Played by John Lamers and Cees and His Skyliners. Who had a hit in Holland in 1961 with their song "Grazy Love". Which was written by Oscar Remeeus.