Melodija Menges from Slovenia

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Melodija Menges from Slovenia

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Re: Melodija Menges from Slovenia

Postby Snap » Fri May 15, 2009 8:10 am

German made Jurvel

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PS, Correction! This one is not a german make. It's a Melodija. A real slovenijan make.
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Re: Melodija Menges from Slovenia

Postby Snap » Fri May 15, 2009 8:17 am

More Juwels. First a true slovenian, next a german make.
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Re: Melodija Menges from Slovenia

Postby Snap » Fri May 15, 2009 8:25 am

Melodija Menges was a cooperative in the city of Menges, something like Migma in Markneukirchen or Cremona in Luby in the Czech Republic. They made all kind of instruments of decent quality. Jurvel was a brand used for Melodija stuff and imported items. I don't know if Jurvel belonged to Melodija or was a different wholeseller enterprise.

Here go two more Melodija Menges makes, sometimes branded Jurvel sometimes branded Melodija. In this case a typical Melodija parlor and an odd thinline.
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Re: Melodija Menges from Slovenia

Postby Snap » Fri May 15, 2009 8:28 am

Typical Melodija /Jurvel archtops and floating bridge flat-tops, schalggitarren or whatever you want to call them. These guitars sound nice and are decently built. I missed my chances to grab one in decent condition, still looking for a not ruined sample. They hardly ever can be found without a few top cracks.

Edit: The first ones are not flattops. They have an slight arching, very low, but archtops after all. I guess pressed tops. I've never seen any Melodija built to top specs, but they are still very decently made.
Edit 2: The headstock shape in the first and third guitars seems to be the older version. The one in the center picture is the usual and more common later headstock shape used from late fifties on... or thereabouts.
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Re: Melodija Menges from Slovenia

Postby Snap » Fri May 15, 2009 9:24 am

And here my wife's Melodija flat-top parlors, the typical ones, somewhat 0 sized, and a not so common one of a kinda 00 size (last picture). These guitars are lovely sounding fingerpicking tools, made quite heavy with thick plates and heavily braced (ladder bracing) but with a very tall stained pearwood bridge with a brass saddle driving the top nicely with amazing sustain and more than rich overtones. Very unusual approach. if I have to say someone using this approach only Fleta springs into my mind. Of course he made top quality classicals and these are steelstrings, but that heavy weight heavy reinforced top with a very tall bridge is one of the main Fleta features.

PS, On the first two pictures the Melodijas are flanking a Diehl, obviously not a Melodija.
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Re: Melodija Menges from Slovenia

Postby Snap » Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:09 am

An update on Jurvel.

Everybody seems to think that Juwel was an Slovenian brand. Some think it belonged to Melodija Menges, some folks say that it was an independent Slovenijan dealer, Me too until a couple of days ago... Well, inspecting old German dealers prewar catalogs I've found a few Juwel guitars and mandolins and Böhm style waldzithers. These instruments were clearly german makes and were showed in early '30s German catalogs. The Melodija cooperative was formed in the town of Menges in 1946 right after the war, so Juwel hardly is a Melodija second brand. It was on the duty years before.

I'm convinced that Juwel is a German dealer. Many instruments are german makes though they also dealt with Slovenijan stuff from Melodija after the war. Another fact that makes me think this way is that Juwels are usually only found in Germany, while Melodijas all over Europe are always branded as Melodijas and never as Juwels. Specially in the UK, where they are relatively abundant, if it can be said that Melodijas were ever abundant outside Slovenia. (There must have been a Melodija distributor in UK but couldn't find who is it until now).

PS, A buddy of my wife living in Slovenija, told us that old Melodijas are still quite abundant there these days.
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Re: Jurvel & Melodija from Slovenia

Postby lacquercracks » Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:03 pm

some of them definately looks german to me ( the klira for sure :lol: ),- and some others melodija like. But I think it makes reason that jurvel is a german or perhaps austrian dealer.
Can you post some of the pics you are mentioning?
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Re: Juwel & Melodija from Slovenia

Postby Snap » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:32 pm

Well, I shouldn't post the catalogs scans due to copyrights. I might ask the guy, but there are some excerpt pics of those guitars on the net. This is how I found (and later bought) those catalogs. I'll look for the Juwel links.
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Re: Juwel & Melodija from Slovenia

Postby Snap » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:47 pm

Let's keep this thread for the Slovenijan stuff. Let's discuss about German Juwels here.
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