Instrument Repair Technician

Arturo Valdez is known around the world as the “guitar repairman to the stars.” With his shop located on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California, Arturo has worked on thousands of guitars, many legendary in the history of rock and roll. He opened his shop in the early 1960s and soon had customers...
Pete Valentino noticed that band instrument repairmen often had a difficult task in replacing worn pads on flutes and saxophones. He had burned his hands on many occasions and thought that there must be a better way. He soon made and marketed the Valentino Pad, a replacement product that later...
Dick Waldron came to music in a most unusual way.  His father was a house painter who completed a job only to find out the house owner did not have enough money to pay so he offered a cornet, to which Dick took a liking.  He played the horn during school and served in the US Navy at the tail end of...
Robert Walker worked for the retail stores of the Baldwin Piano Company.  He was located in the San Francisco store but later traveled the western states repairing and adjusting organs as they arrived in the stores.  While the retail arm of Baldwin did not last, the ideas created in the stores were...
Bill Wallin is the instrument repair technician at Chafin Musiccenter in Lake Worth, Florida.  Bill began working for the company alongside the store's founder, Paul Chafin.  While Paul's son was out tuning pianos, Bill learned the trade of band instrument repairs.  The service element of the store...
Lynn Wheelwright has always been fascinated with the guitar, especially the craft of building the instrument. After performing as a teenager, he developed many of his luthier skills from repairing guitars in his own shop. After befriending Alvino Rey in the 1980s and repairing several of Mr. Rey’...
Frank Whetstine was working late in his musical instrument repair shop when he got to thinking about the unique way George Benson holds his guitar pick.  Frank tried a few ways and finally took his pliers and twisted the end of the pick.  He looked at the twisted pick and said out loud, that is a “...
Art Wiggs has always admired the Gretsch brand of guitars.  He grew up in a musical family, as his parents played in church and on the radio together.  As a kid he played the guitar with a classmate and the duo even had a running gig at Disneyland.  He gave up playing to focus on his young family...
 Bob Willcutt still loves repairing guitars.  The nice view of downtown Lexington from his repair bench doesn't hurt.  Initially working as a social worker, Bob repaired and rebuilt vintage folk instruments as a hobby starting in the 1960's. After repairing and mentoring at a local music store, he...
Don Wilson always enjoyed being around music, as a player, teacher, retailer, and as an award-winning baton twirler. He opened his music store in 1956 with the dream of running his business, raising his family, and staying close to the music he loved. In 2006, he reflected that his dreams did come...

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