Guitar Strings

 Tony Acosta had a dream to make the world’s finest classical guitar strings.  He began working nights to perfect his product and build relationships within the industry and slowly gathered the needed equipment. Several years later, when he quit his day job working for an airline, his friends...
Sterling Ball’s great-grandfather was a successful songwriter in the golden era of Tin Pan Alley and wrote a series of hits such as “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and "Mother Machree” His father was Ernie Ball, the innovator and musician who revolutionized the music industry with his strings and in...
Dick Boak has served as Director of Artist Relations for the CF Martin Guitar Company during the development of the popular signature series product line, as well as for such historic projects as Martin's One Millionth Guitar.  Dick has been passionate about the company's important past ever since...
John D’Addario’s family history in the music industry can be traced back to the 1670s when Donato D’Addario worked as a “cordaro” – the Italian word for “string maker.” 
Since that time the family has perfected the art of handcrafting strings as well as other music accessories. John’s father had a...
Jim D’Addario has worked long and hard within the research and development arm of D’Addario, along with his brother John Jr. Headed by Jim, the engineering department has accumulated many important manufacturing and product patents in the field of music strings and musical accessories. He also...
Peter D’Addario is proud of his family’s long association with the music industry.  In fact, his family’s string making goes back to the seventeenth century.  Peter recalls going to the warehouse as a kid and helping with the shipping of musical accessories.  His father, Richard, is the brother of...
Arnold Davidson was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa where he began playing in area bands.  He was given the opportunity to distribute the strings he special ordered from England and found himself in the music products business.  He later opened his own wholesale firm, based largely on...
Mark Dronge is the President of DR Strings and a veteran of the music products industry, having been involved since he was four years old in his father’s retail store!  Mark recalled the accordion boom of the 1940s in his father’s store, which was sold in 1948.  The money his father made in selling...
Gerard Garnier is the president of ALGAM in France and likes to say with a proud smile that he started in the music industry with only one thing, a Black & Decker drill!  He began making wooden flutes with his drill and soon expanded to 50 employees.  He then began to import musical products...
Martyn How is the Commercial Director or the British string company Rotosound.  Martyn and his brother Jason carry on the traditions of their pioneering father who started the guitar and bass string company in 1958.  Martyn oversees the sales and marketing for the company as well as performer...

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