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.
Last edited by Snap
on Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:31 am, edited 2 times in total.