Gunter Schmalfuss

Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Tuba Maker
Company Name
JA Musik Group

Gunter Schmalfuss has taken great pride in working on one instrument most of his career, the tuba. Since 1961, Mr. Schmalfuss has studied, built and designed tubas in addition to teaching the craft of repair. Following a great tradition of handcrafted work, he has played a vital role in the expansion of the instrument’s models and design keeping up with the times but being grounded in the roots of the instrument. Mr. Schmalfuss is proud of the work he has done at JA Musik in Germany and the instrument he builds, “I am lucky to be here, doing what I like best.”