California

Don Kong is the manager of Music Village in San Jose, California.  Don worked for a few other music companies before begging to be hired by the store's founder, Joe Teixeina, in the early 1990s.  Don has worked alongside Joe, who established Music Village in 1964, and has worked hard to maintain...
Eddie Kramer began his long career as a record salesman in the San Francisco Bay Area before opening his own record store in the 1960s. As the Beatle Boom began, Eddie was selling a few guitars and some accessories, which were about 10% of his business at the San Carlos-based Eddie Kramer’s World...
A. A. (Sid) La Grandeur was trained in band instrument repair in Elkhart, Indiana before returning to Santa Barbara, California where he opened his own shop. The repair shop soon became a retail store and La Grandeur Music was born. Sid hired a young man to train on repair, who later became a key...
Doug LaLonde was a professional musician before being drafted to serve in the US Army during the Korean War.  He played percussion in the army and while stationed in San Francisco began his long and successful career with the Sherman Clay retail chain.  Doug began in the MI department but soon...
 Larry Larson loved the accordion!  He played it most of his life, so when he had the idea to sell and teach the instrument, opening a store seemed like the right thing to do.  He opened the small store in Glendale, California in 1956 and worked hard to build the teaching and service departments of...
Katinka Lathrop was married for over 60 years to a guitar player with a passion. After he retired from the ceramics industry, the couple moved to Modesto, California, where they opened a small retail shop. Her husband Buck was not too interested in the business of selling instruments, he mostly...
Michael Lipe turned his passion for guitars into his own, successful business. Founder and owner of Lipe Guitars in California, Michael gained experience for his trade by building a series of different styles of guitars. He created a name for himself as one of the most respected luthiers in the...
Kurt Listug and his friend Bob Taylor bought the small guitar shop they were working in and renamed it Taylor Guitars. Together they built one of the fastest growing companies in the music industry in the latter part of the 20th Century and worked to create innovative products that would bring...
Muriel Long began teaching piano in 1959 and since that time two things have been very clear to those who know her, she is a passionate music maker and a heck of a salesperson! She grew up playing the Hammond and found that even as a teenager, she loved teaching music!  While giving lessons at a...
Skip Maggiora has revolutionized retailing within the music products industry. With his Weekend Warriors program a whole new segment of the population was being targeted to become music makers–that of the middle aged. The success of the program and his willingness to share his ideas with other...

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