Instrument Repair Technician

Walter Hutcherson began repairing guitars in the 1950s and in fact was one of the first repairmen to work on Fender Instruments.  He opened Walters Music Exchange in Austin, Texas, and soon gained a reputation for reliable repair with special care and attention to detail (such as removing the cat...
Ben Jack was born and raised in Arkansas, so it was no surprise that the passionate steel pedal guitarist would open up a string of successful stores in and around Fayetteville. As one of the leaders of music retailing in the state, if not the country, Ben pioneered many of the American built...
Richard Janda specialized in repairing stringed instruments. It was also something he enjoyed very much. During World War II he was trained to repair the band instruments for the U.S. Military marching band, in which he was the trombonist. After the war he sought to add to that education while...
Barry Jones joined Mississippi Music in April 1977 serving as the delivery man for Peavey’s Melody Music in Meridian. The store was later moved to the local mall and rebranded with Mississippi Music in 1986. Barry works right beside his wife, Liz, who runs the books, and together they moved the...
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...
John Kagerer is known as the Horn Doctor up in Anchorage, Alaska.  With a very interesting background that includes welding and watch repair, John combined his skills to become one of the sought-after band instrument repair technicians in the state.  After attending the Allied School, its founder,...
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...

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