In the summer of 2009 I attended the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (ASIA). I had a great time visiting with friends from 2007 and making new friends. There is such a feeling of camaraderie among that group of instrument makers. Above are two guitars, a mandolin and a matching mandola I displayed in the exhibit hall. I was also able to bring back a great assortment of rosewood and tight grained curly maple for the next instruments.
Willer Instruments were on display in April 2010 at the Newport Guitar Festival in Hollywood, Florida, a show featuring the work of premier luthiers from around the country and abroad.
A highlight of the Newport festival was the first official showing of the Dennis Merrill and Friends “Sonic Sitka Project”
Remote test equipment was set up backstage to capture acoustic frequency baselines for each participating instrument, including our custom Willer guitar and mandocello. This information will be collected and archived over the life of the instruments, making Sonic Sitka project participation an asset that will continue to increase their value in the years to come.
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