String Instruments

Rudolf Neudörfer, bow maker, grew up in the Czech Republic after 1945 and went to the Violin Making School in Luby, learning the craft of violin making from his teacher Bohumil Pechar and Hans Schmirler. He then worked at the Cremona cooperation for string instruments in town until he escaped...
Qian Ni is a classically trained flutist and the President of the Eastman Music Company, making him one of the passionate music makers within our industry!  His devotion to customer service and his goals to provide the highest quality products possible have become renowned elements of the Eastman...
Bonka Peykov has a great deal of respect for the process of making high quality musical instruments.  When she joined her husband’s family business, she worked long and hard to learn each step in the process so that she could contribute to the areas she was needed most.  Her dedication to both the...
Ivan Peykov grew up in the music business as his father formed a company to make traditional Bulgarian instruments.  After attending college with a focus on engineering, Ivan returned to work with his father and helped manage the production of the manufacturing process for such instruments as...
Peter Paul Prier began playing the violin when he was 8 years old, growing up in Germany. He studied violin making while he was a teenager and in 1959 set out to America to open his own violin shop. Within five years he formed what is now the Peter Paul Prier Violin Shop in Salt Lake City. In 1972...
Nick Rail is the president and founder of the retail string of stores in Southern California with his namesake that began in 1986. Nick began his career as a band instrument repairman for La Grandeur Music in 1974. After becoming active in the repair side of the business, Nick decided to open his...
Jim Ransom is the Chairman of the Board for United Wire Technology, which is located in Cleveland, New York.  The company was established in 1938, during the Great Depression.  United gained early success for creating kitchen scrubbing products, but soon ventured into several other industries...
Kate Riessland was born in England in the years following World War II and soon found she had an interest in learning all she could about the German culture.  While in Germany, in 1969, she answered an ad for a job with the Götz Company.  The company was looking for someone with perfect English and...
Ernst Roth is a guitar luthier who over the last 40 years of his career has dedicated himself to training younger craftsman in the art of violin and guitar making. He was born in the musical instrument capital of the world, Markneukirchen, Germany. After his training he opened up his own shop in...
Roland Schuster is a bridge maker in the town of Bubenreuth, which has been the center of production for string instruments in Germany since 1945. He started his craft in the workshop of Ernst Heinrich Roth and later worked for Josef Teller specializing in bridges. When violin makers asked him to...

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