Monthly Archives: July 2015

Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day

31 - uncommon instrumentsBreak out your bubble organ, laser harp, clackamore, fluba, dulcimer, or double violin and go crazy for Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day!

And whilst dulcimers might be considered uncommon, they’re not so rare that we don’t have a Schatten Design pickup for them. In fact, we have two!  Click here to view,

So should your uncommon stringed instrument need a pickup, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.


As today is #ThrowbackThursday we thought we’d share an original Stimer from the early 1940s that the team spotted being restored whilst in Cognac with Maurice Dupont.  A good deal of work had already been done and, as you can tell from the pictures, it was in pretty poor shape to begin with.

30 - old stimerThe guitar is made from Birds Eye Maple, a wood still used by Dupont should you want a new version of it, and should be finished in the next few days.  If the restoration is completed whilst the team are still there we hope to bring you the before and after shots.

Preserving Heritage

With the senior team in Cognac we thought we’d make today’s #TuesdayTrivia about Maurice Dupont.

28 - busatoDid you know that, as well as making and maintaining all the Rheinhardt family instruments, he is passionately committed to preserving the gypsy jazz heritage.  So much so that, to protect the name and reputation of some of the most iconic marques, he owns the Busato and Stimer brands as well as crafting Di Mauro, Selmer, and Maccaferri types; thereby ensuring they are preserved for posterity with traditional craftsmanship.

Although we don’t have a Busato Royale, or any Stimer amps for that matter, in stock at the moment we are expecting them in when our team returns from Cognac