Berkowitz Guitars are designed and built by luthier David D. Berkowitz in his workshop in the Washington, DC neighborhood of Eastern Market on Capital Hill.
Berkowitz's interest in building guitars came early at the age of four and was fostered by his discovery of the works of David Russell Young, and Irving Sloane, both who wrote the early modern treatises of guitarmaking in the 1970's.
In 1985, Berkowitz attended the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie. Berkowitz continued his lutherie education on his own, eventually training with luthier Charles Fox, at the American School of Lutherie in Healdsburg, California.
Berkowitz began building professionally in 1993, and continues to build fine acoustic guitars baritones and acoustic basses for the professional musician.
Fine Italian basses & guitars - top quality instruments with innovative and exciting designs. Here's what their website says:
"Since the first Manne guitar was built in 1986, our goal has been to provide finely crafted instruments based on original design concepts. In essence we strive to transform simple pieces of wood into works of aesthetic and technological art. Simple, essential, playable, great sounding. These are the goals that we always keep in mind as we develop new instruments.
We are constantly strive to distill the most important elements of the craft, combining them with our own personal perspective to create instruments with an original character. We want our instruments to reflect a harmony of essential elements.
We feel confident to offer you instruments that meet the basic but unsurpassed features of vintage concepts, adding our original interpretations and elements to provide you with new tastes, and new ways to express yourself".
MANNE GUITARS di Andrea Ballarin , Via Paraiso 28,
36015 SCHIO (VI) - ITALY
Engelhardt Basses & Cellos are made to conform to the rigid standards drawn up by the String Committee of the Music Educators National Conference.
They are moisture, temperature and climate proofed. All instruments have rock hard maple necks which resist warping. The tops and backs are fully arched, properly sized and aligned for sensitive response to make the Engelhardt instrument easier to play.