Československé hudební nástroje

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Československé hudební nástroje, oborový podník (Czechoslovak Musical Instruments, specialized business)[1] was — during the era of communist Czechoslovakia from 1948 to 1992 — a state owned music instrument manufacturing company headquartered in Hradec Králové. The company name was later amended — "Československé hudební nástroje, státní podník" — to reflect ownership by the government. In the 1970s, 50% of its musical instrument export products were supplied to the Soviet Union.[2]

Brands and nationalized companies[edit]

The nationalized companies and brands included Petrof, Amati, Cremona, Rieger-Kloss, Delicia, Jolana, and Tofa.[3]


Czechoslovak Musical Instruments published a journal, Hudební nástroje (Musical Instruments) a "journal for research, development, production and use of musical instruments."[4]

Notable people[edit]

  • Vladimír Kopta, general manager


Czechoslovak Musical Instruments was the founding sponsor of the Prague International Jazz Festival and underwrote it until 1970, when the Ministry of Culture took over.[5]


  1. ^ Československé hudební nástroje, oborový podník, Library of Congress Name Authority File
  2. ^ From the Music Capitals of the World: Moscow, Billboard, June 5, 1971, pg. 50
  3. ^ Václav František Červený: Leading European Inventor and Manufacturer (cs), Gunther Joppig, Historic Brass Society Journal (translated from Czech to English by Veronica von der Lancken, Vol. 4 (1992), pg. 210 ISSN 1943-5215
  4. ^ Hudební nástroje (Musical Instruments) ISSN 0323-1283
  5. ^ European Festivals Blend Locals With Americans, Billboard, June 23, 1973, pg. 60