K&K SOUND SYSTEMS
K&K Sound Systems was founded in Germany in 1984 by Dieter Kaudel and his wife Karla. Dieter always displayed a strong interest in electronics and especially music electronics. In 1976, he and three other musicians formed Munju, a fusion rock band. All their records were self-produced, what gave him a chance to learn the intricacies of technical production work in the studio environment.
In 1983, the band purchases a vibraphone; since there was no amplification system available on the market, Dieter started to design his own . That was the first step to found K&K Sound Systems, what officially happened in 1984. Within the next year, K&K built an international reputation among vibraphone and marimba players.
By 1990, K&K introduced the first bridge plate pickup system, the Twin Spot Internal (a forerunner of the Pure Pickup), picked by a German guitar magazine as the best-sounding pickup in a comparison test among different pickups. In 1995 K&K relocated their headquarters and manufacturing plant to Coos Bay, USA. From then on, K&K began to focus on transducer systems for string instruments and this is the product line K&K is best known for today.