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.
AER is the industry leader in acoustic instrument amplification. AER amplifiers are world renowned for their clear, transparent sound and faithful 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.
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.
- Labella Phosphor Bronze 12-52 gauge strings
- AER Compact 60 Amplifiers
- Collings SJ Indian Cutaway Guitars