The Stringed Instrument Company was founded by luthier Peter Madill in 1975. Just before Mainzeal's demolition bulldozers flattened Browns Mill in 1988, Cath Newhook as Peter's appretence, and her late husband Ken Wilson shifted the Stringed Instrument Company to its present location in a 125-year-old cottage at 16 Charles St. The move was so successful, they opened a retail showroom to complement the workshops shortly afterwards. After Ken's death in 1995, the Stringed Instrument Company continued to be a family affair. Alan, Cath's husband of 22 years, provides his expertise in sales, strategy, web and systems design, and administration, along with our wonderful international luthiers over two and a half decades. The company has thrived, buoyed by a vision of what can be achieved through skill, dedication, knowledge, uncompromising quality and excellent service. For more details, check out our website!