Why Small Businesses Matter
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You're IT Ute Brinkmann, Geigenbaumeister!
Three questions with Ute Brinkmann, founder of Ute Brinkmann, Geigenbaumeister.
Ute Brinkmann, a German master of violin making, has 20 years of experience as a luthier. Her knowledge and trustworthiness make her the perfect custodian of your fine instrument, keeping it in excellent professional condition for future generations. She offers servicing and restoring of violins, violas and cellos, knowledgeable advice and consulting, and direct purchasing from artisan shops in Germany to provide you with good workmanship at the best price.
Why did you start your business?
For years I was dreaming of self-employment, having my violin shop, hanging out my shingle. That dream came true 20 years ago – and I haven’t looked back since. I love the flexibility that comes with a small, artisan workshop, as well as the responsibility.
What is your best selling product/service?
My best selling product? It’s “service to others”: helping musicians with their concerns for their instruments, supporting the quest for a new or antique instrument, and supplying quality rental instruments for aspiring musicians.
Service goes beyond the profitable part of the business: supporting children who push the limitations of their lives - through music.
How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services), and can you name them?
My biggest support in Westport is the Suzuki Music School. They provide me with space and a really lovely environment.
The photo here is from the Westport Makers Faire 2017. It’s a Violin Petting Zoo – I invite people, young and not-so-young, to try out an instrument. Usually, it’s no-touch when it comes to instruments – but at the maker Faire, it’s just the opposite: try something new.
I am just a one-person shop, old-fashioned, old world. Nothing glitzy.
Ute Brinkmann, Geigenbaumeister is located at 246 Post Road East in Westport. Visit Ute Brinkmann, Geigenbaumeister online here.
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