AER is the industry leader in acoustic instrument amplification. AER amplifiers are world renowned for their clear, transparent sound and faithfull reliability. Designed with the needs of the professional musician in mind, AER amplifiers are some of the most durable, flexible and portable amplifiers on the market. AER amps are the choice of a diverse selection of musicians such as jazz guitarists Martin Taylor and Stochelo Rosenberg, Vinny Raniolo, classical guitarist David Tanenbaum, steel string fingerstylist Tommy Emmanuel, and violinist Didier Lockwood.
E. & O. Mari, Inc., the maker of La Bella Strings, is one of America’s oldest and largest manufacturers of fine strings for virtually every kind of stringed instrument. E. & O. Mari makes and distributes worldwide over 2000 different strings suitable for every type and style of music. No other company has such international scope nor makes strings for such an incredible variety of orchestral and ethnic instruments. E. & O. Mari is one of the only companies in the world still making traditional, real gut strings for antique and Baroque instruments. Other materials used include three different types of nylon, Kevlar, copper, brass, bronze, silver, aluminum, in addition to numerous types of steel. Each string is created using a combination of tradition and technology. Sophisticated, computer controlled and automated string-winding machinery is used where applicable, but hand-winding is used where it delivers the best results.
A guitar's primary function is usually measured in musical terms: its ability to produce precise notes, chords and passages on demand. Consistency is the ultimate test of its perfection. But to the Master luthier and craftsman John Buscarino, this is only a beginning. John is one of the few luthiers working today; a solo artisan handcrafting guitars suited to each customer's personal needs. His instruments are prized not just for the beautiful sounds they produce, but also as the cherished possessions they inevitably become. Guitar player Steve Morse considers his Buscarino guitars "treasured works of art," as do many of John's customers. John is unique among today's guitar builders in that he apprenticed with not one but two master luthiers. The first was Augustine LoPrinzi, from whom John learned the finer points of building classical guitars. John later worked with famed archtop builder Robert Benedetto, spending years perfecting the woodworking skills that today make him a master luthier in his own right. John has created hundreds of exquisite guitars using proven methods passed down over generations. He constantly refines these time-tested techniques, taking each to new levels of perfection in mastering the art of lutherie.
Fueled by his fascination with the construction and design of a variety of instruments, Bill Collings soon began crafting more than just acoustic guitars. In 1999, he introduced the first Collings mandolins, which like his guitars, quickly set new standards for the industry. In 2006 his interest in carved top instruments led him to introduce a line of electric guitars that players quickly embraced because of the instruments’ exceptional craftsmanship and tone. In 2009, with a nod to the tradition of some other high-end acoustic guitar makers, Bill created a line of concert and tenor ukuleles that have been hugely popular with professional and hobbyist players alike. For the past 30 years, Collings Guitars have been the choice of musicians who seek the finest handmade instruments available. You owe it to yourself to try a Collings.