Instrument Repair Technician

Jim Hamblen proudly comes from a very musical family.  His uncle was the great songwriter and musician, Stuart Hamblen, who wrote such classic songs as "It Is No Secret" and "This Ole House."  Jim began writing songs himself, many of which have been published by Eagle Street Press.  In the early...
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...
Danny Marquez began playing drums in his father's church from the age of four!  One day as a teenager he walked into Chafin Musiccenter in Lake Worth, Florida for a set of sticks.  While holding the sticks he worked up the nerve to ask if there were any job openings in the store.  He began working...
Don Mozingo was a teacher in a small schoolhouse for over 20 years and among the topics he taught was music.  His love and passion for music can be traced to his parents and, as a child, Don began teaching himself to play every musical instrument.  While teaching, he began repairing instruments for...
Jimmy "Cricket" Lockard earned his nick name while playing the electric guitar in the sound of a chirping cricket.  Since there were two other Jimmy's at the time, the name Cricket stuck -it's even on his business card.  Cricket began going to Hot Licks Guitar Shop as a customer, playing for hours...
Vincent Marinelli is the founder of Expert Woodwind Service, a music store specializing in hand-selected and expertly fine-tuned professional clarinets and saxophones. A musician himself, Vincent mainly plays the clarinet, flute and saxophone, the latter of which he played in a rock and roll band...
Cliff Acred began playing music in junior high school and later majored in music in college.  He played in the 3rd Army Band out of Atlanta while in the service and once out returned home to Memphis.  Cliff was hired to play bass in the house bands for Sun Records and later for Stax Records.  At...
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...
Hans Jürgen Nebel is a fourth generation violin maker from Germany who decided that his skills and talents were best served as a repairman.  He has rebuilt and restored violins ever since establishing his own business in 1957.  From that time on Hans has become one of the true experts on violin...
Charles Traeger had an impressive reputation in the world of bass making and bass restoration.  His long career began when he was a musician in the big band era looking for someone who could help with his own instrument.  He learned all he could and noticed there was a real need for literature for...

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