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.
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.
The new USM's headquarters were in Mundelein (440 E. It has relied on outside factories and luthiers to fulfill their designs and meet public demand.
Not only did the Lyon & Healy company often change designs to follow the rapidly evolving consumer demand, but the company also repaired instruments, and offered engraving services, including decorating instruments that it retailed but did not actually manufacture.
As well, they built instruments for other retailers and distributors under various house brands, and outsourced construction of some models.
Schlacher bought out Johnstone in 1987, and changed the company name to Washburn International.
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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.