In the past week, the Sylvan employees and myself have decided to start blogging on a regular basis. The objective is to inform our friends and customers of what goes on behind the scenes and to get to know us on a more personal level. We all have, besides the love of music, specific and individual strengths that we would like to share with our peep's. Being the owner/head repairman, I hope to bring imformative pix and how-to knowledge about the world of musical stringed instruments. I also build acoustic guitars and will try to keep you up to speed on my latest projects so that you can see the process of a guitar being brought to life through the many operations that need to be performed.
Last February, my friend/apprentice Greg Weber, who worked at Sylvan for ten years relocated to Portland Oregon to begin a new life. He bought a house, landed a part time job at a very professional repair shop, and has almost completed his at-home shop were he intends to build his own line of Weber Guitars. I thank him for all his hard work in the shop and wish him all the luck in the world with his new endeavors. After Greg left, I immediately started interviewing a number of potential luthiers and am very happy with my selection of Alan Amimoto. He has been with me for the last 12 months and is doing a superb job. He learns quickly, comes in extra hours, and has a high standard for quality workmanship. I would like to welcome him to the Sylvan Music family.
I have been working on musical instruments for the past 35 years and have been the store owner for the past 31 years. It's been a good life and a great career. We have a very professional and motivated staff lead by our manager, Michael Sparber. If you have questions or ideas about your musical instruments that you would like answered or discussed, they're always happy and willing to oblige. This blog is more of an introduction, so thank you for listening and I look forward to taking you into our repair shop next time.