Instrument Repair Technician

Keith Chen joined the Tom Lee Music Company in Hong Kong as guitar salesman.  The large store had a small guitar department when Keith first joined the company and he has taken great pride in watching the department grow and develop.  During that time he also served in several areas within the...
Nat Clark worked for the York Band Instrument Company for over 40 years!  He was hired in New York in 1957 because his older brother was working for Carl Fischer, which owned York at the time.  Nat later moved to the factory in Michigan where he started on the bench buffing instruments.  He soon...
Larry Cragg is sometimes called the guitar repairman to the stars!  He established a repair shop in Marin County, California, to offer an extensive selection of rare and vintage equipment as well as instrument repairs.  Since 1969, Larry has repaired guitars for such artists as Carlos Santana, Bob...
Ken Dapron grew up in a very musical family.  His parents were members of the pop singing group called The Merry Macs.  Music was all around him as a child.  Ken played saxophone and drums in school and fell in love with the guitar.  He played in many bands throughout his school years with dreams...
Herbert David is called upon when a guitar needs repair – even when the guitar is Eric Clapton’s. Still, guitar repair is only a part of his business. Herb enjoys making “odd ball instruments” as he calls them, and is often hired by the Smithsonian to create an ancient instrument they don’t have in...
Jon Dawkes talked about the long-term vision of music education promotion at Dawkes Music during his NAMM Oral History interview. With help from brother David, Jon puts great effort in to creating musicians within the local schools. One of Dawkes Music’s first promotional steps began with a...
David Dawkes is proud of his family's connection with the music industry. It was his grandfather who formed Dawkes Music. After losing hearing in one ear from playing in a band, his grandfather took to repairing instruments in his garage. This is where their family business began. From simple...
Bob Dingley felt lucky that he fell into the industry, which became his passion and his life-long career. On his way to a trumpet lesson he stopped by the local music store to pick up some sheet music and was asked by a school mate if he wanted a job.  From retail to JW Pepper Music Publishing, Bob...
Jeff Douglas worked with Bob Willcutt in Lexington, Kentucky, and learned all about guitar building and repair.  Bob’s store is legendary and well respected for the selection and quality repairs.  His training in the store led Jeff to a gig as guitar tech for the Oak Ridge Boys beginning in the...
Vernon Drane played several musical instruments growing up in Tennessee including the trumpet and saxophone. He later studied instrument repair and spent 68 years (!) working with the Amro Music Company in Memphis. Vernon was also a baritone singer who performed in two church choirs for over 60...

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