Instrument Repairmen-Technicians

Julie Jurgenson is among the pioneering women in the band instrument repair side of the music industry.  She was trained at Red Wing and worked for a couple of shops before opening her own in Rochester, Minnesota. All along she wanted to service a large number of instruments and found it possible...
Hideo Kamimoto wrote the book on guitar repair!  He built his first guitar in the late 1950s and soon discovered he had a true passion as a luthier.  Within a decade he opened H. Kamimoto Instrument Repairs in Oakland, California. By this time Hideo was also repairing other string instruments...
Chuck Kessler enjoys teaching the craft of instrument repair.  He enjoys working on instruments to bring each one to top playing ability and seeing the faces of the musicians when their favorite horn is playing better than ever.  As a member of NAPBIRT, Chuck has also worked hard to elevate the...
David Kessler grew up in his father’s band instrument repair shop.  David established the store’s Internet site and has played a key role in the connection the store has with each of their customers.  What is clear to anyone who sees David in action, talking with customers, is that he is passionate...
Frank Kilgard worked for Streep Music in Florida before opening his own band instrument repair shop in Georgia.  His strong interest in quality repair led to a life time of learning new tricks and methods for cleaning and repairing school band instruments.  Frank was one of the first members of...
Bob Knight came into the music industry right after World War II and watched instruments slowly make their way back into the music stores.  He was hired by CG Conn and enrolled in their band repair school, which was filled mostly with former soldiers, as Bob recalled.  The Conn Company asked Bob to...
Stan Kolb is the president of Taylor Music in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  He joined the company in the early 1970s and has since helped develop the various elements of the business over time.  Their repair shop and wholesale business covers most of the United States while their retail shop focuses on...
George Koregelos made a series of well-respected flutes under his name in the 1970s that was but one of his career highlights in the music products industry. After studying instrument repair at the CG Conn Company in Elkhart, Indiana, George began designing his own instruments with a focus on the...
Kay Koster was a pioneering woman retail owner, who not only successfully ran a business on her own beginning in 1940, she also personally repaired guitars and amps of all makes and models for decades – even after she closed her retail store. Koster Guitar Center in Rockford, IL was primarily a...
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...

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