Roland Wilfer

Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Luthier
Company Name
Emanuel Wilfer Double Bass Master Workshop

Roland Wilfer is a fourth generation master luthier of the Emanuel Wilfer Double Bass Master Workshop. The workshop was founded 1905 and is specialized in crafting fine double basses for classical music, jazz, rockabilly and blues. Owner Roland Wilfer visits three trade shows a year to meet his clients, many musicians and enthusiasts of the basses that he and eight employees of the fine workshop make. Marketing is done by word of mouth. The business has shifted from wholesalers to musicians contacting Roland Wilfer directly, and that’s just fine with him.