Norman Pickering has had a storied career. He has worked as instrument designer for the legendary C.G. Conn Company in Elkhart. He has also played a large role in the audio engineering field with his company, Pickering Audio, which produced record pick-ups for radio stations around the world and designed the modern phonograph cartridge. As an engineer, he has also worked on airplanes and even medical ultrasound techniques, yet he is never too far from the field of musical engineering. In recent years Norm has conducted acoustic research on stringed instruments such as the violin and cello.