Product Engineers

Ed Caustin is the nephew of guitar pioneer George Beauchamp.  Ed recounted several stories about his very creative uncle, who Ed looked up to as an inspiration.  In fact, Ed later worked as an engineer in aerospace and with the space program. At times, he used audio and sound waves in his work. ...
Malcolm Cecil is the engineer and product designer behind the famous synthesizer known as TONTO!  TONTO is an acronym for "The Original New Timbral Orchestra," the first, and still the largest, multitimbral polyphonic analog synthesizer in the world, designed and constructed over several years....
Emmett Chapman was playing guitar when he began playing a two hand tapping style. As he researched the idea he found that he could create a unique instrument and style of playing that would later be explored by musicians of nearly every musical style. The Chapman Stick has become one of the most...
San Pao Chen is the General Manager for Taye Drums in Taiwan.  Mr. Chen was interviewed during the NAMM Show in 2013 and provided great insight into how the company was formed and his views on the growth of the product lines, as well as his friendships throughout the industry.  His passion for...
Tsutomu Chiba is the president for the Barock Music Company in Japan. He is also a musical instrument designer for many products. With the distribution company named PlayWood Professional Percussion Instruments, Chiba-San has introduced his own designed products ranging from drum sticks and mallets...
Bruce Clark was interviewed for the NAMM Oral History program during the 2015 Piano Technician Guild’s (PTG) annual convention in Denver, Colorado in July 2015.  During his interview he covered his passion for music and well as his long association with the piano industry.  Much of his design work...
David Cockerell designed one of the earliest synthesizers produced in the United Kingdom. The Synthi was introduced in the late 1960s by EMS Ltd. The unit, which came in a case with a KS keyboard, used patch cords to root reverb and ring modes. David also included two oscillators both with shape...
Jim Coleman Jr. has proudly served as president of the Piano Technicians Guilds (PTG) Board as well as provided classes and training for its members.  He grew up in the industry and followed in his father’s footsteps, who also served the PTG over his long career.  In addition to tuning, Jim Jr....
Jack Cookerly was an accordionist who was among the first to connect the instrument to the technology behind the electronic keyboard. He was chief engineer at Lowrey Organs and designed a number of unique and important advancements for the electronic organ. The resulting efforts can be found in the...
Dave Coontz is a regular sight at NAMM Shows each year behind the counter within the Shubb booth and as it turns out, he played a big part in that company’s success.  Rick Shubb was passionate about playing music since he was a child and as he progressed as a musician there were certain ideas he...

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