Team

Store Manager

Andy Verdi

Andy Verdi brings nearly two decades of experience in musical instrument retail to Ear Craft Music. He has worked at several companies over that time, including E.U. Wurlizter, The Music Mall, Daddy’s Junky Music, and now the Manager for Ear Craft. His focus has remained constant; provide the best possible shopping experience for musicians of every level. Andy believes that everyone should get the chance to enjoy music and leads the staff at Ear Craft to help customers find the right musical gear to achieve their goals. Andy brings the experience of a professional, performing musician while on the sales floor and shares his passion for music every day.

Andy specializes in our Keyboard department and has observed the technological innovation develop over the years, but has plenty of knowledge in every department to assist you. His personal instrument collection includes gear from Yamaha, Roland, Kurzweil, and Korg keyboard along with guitars from Paul Reed Smith and Fender. He performs regularly with his bands The Voice and the Souled Out Show Band.


Sales Team

 James Scott Sutherland

Scott has been entrenched in music and music gear for nearly two decades. He has been a guitarist since age 15, studying music with Phil Sargent in his hometown of Concord, NH for  years. Scott has expanded his musical interests increasingly ever since. He also has been playing the Mandolin since he was in High School and now offers beginner mandolin and tenor banjo lessons here at Ear Craft. Scott works behind the scenes here at Ear Craft, providing the website with content and photography updates, as well as assisting customers in the store and online. Scott also works as an Ear Craft Music Sound Tech and has served a number of our clients, including Philips Exeter Academy and Next Level Church. You can watch him perform with his band Erin’s Guild by visiting the band’s event schedule here.

Scott joined Ear Craft after working as the Assistant Manger of Daddy’s Junky Music in Portsmouth, NH until their closure in 2011. With a wide array of product knowledge as his disposal, Scott can guide your shopping experience in acoustic and electric instruments, live pro audio, recording equipment, drums, and effects pedals. Scott offers a no-pressure, consultative sales experience that lets customers make informed purchasing decisions time and time again. Scott is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where he studied History, International Affairs, and Italian Language.

 

Scot Gelzinis

Scot Gelzinis is a 25-year veteran in the music scene around the NH Seacoast and is sometimes regarded as “The Mayor of Dover.” He encourages and aides aspiring musicians in the never-ending quest for that perfect tone and has the experience to guide them to the gear that they need. Scot specializes in electric & acoustic guitars and is a huge advocate of big, bold tone using big, bold gear. He can typically be seen gigging with his bands Formidable or Maniacal armed with his collection of Les Pauls and Jackson guitars, along with a Peavey 5150 stack. Scot’s rule of thumb is- “the louder the better!” When playing acoustic in the Tri City Almighty, he prefers warm, deep sounding guitars when plugging in and gets his signature style with a Fender John 5 acoustic.

Scot has 17 years of guitar instruction experience at Ear Craft. He utilizes a hands-on, practical approach to teaching music that builds fundamentals and advanced techniques. Scot encourages his students to establish their own musical interests and identity by illustrating how their favorite music is structured and performed.


Travis Wysocki

Travis has been working in music retail for over 6 years. His parents performed in the New England based cover band “Radio Flyer” where he developed a love for rock and roll. At the age of 13 he began learning the guitar, performing with his sister and writing music. In high school he developed a passion for audio recording and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in music production and composition from Full Sail University. Travis has also been volunteering at Next Level Church for 4 years mixing the worship team and playing lead guitar. He produces and records music from his home studio and is the lead vocalist and guitarist for his original band “Sanctify” and Green Day cover band “Whatsername”.  You can watch him perform with “Whatsername” here.

 

 

Repair and Service Center

Jim Hockenhull

Jim Hockenhull has been a certified Fender acoustic and electric guitar technician since 2008. He prides himself on his ability to build a guitar from the tree all the way to being played on stage. He has also trained with Taylor guitars master technicians in Southern California. Since then he has been gathering additional knowledge of the fine art of Luthiery, the Taylor Guitars expression system, and the NT neck joint.

Jim’s fundamental instrument repair philosophy is to stay as absolutely true as possible to the original design of the brands manufacturing technique. This guarantees that your instrument will be as original as it was the day you took it home.

Owners

Brian & Stephanie Fischer

Ear Craft’s roots began when Brian Fischer opened a PA business in 1971, which was called Hogmeyer Sound.  A few years later in 1974 it evolved to become Ear Craft. As a student at the University of New Hampshire, Brian, who is originally from upstate New York, felt very comfortable with the Dover, NH area and believed it was a great time, place, and opportunity to launch what would become a very successful business.

Ear Craft Music’s professional sound and lighting clients have been some of the largest names in the industry including Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Who, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, just to name a few. We have also provided sound reinforcement and worked with numerous US presidents, the US Navy, Saks 5th Avenue, Porsche, and a long list of religious institutions, auditoriums and educational facilities.

Brian, besides being an acoustical engineer and designer, is an avid collector, historian and enthusiast for many types of musical instruments.  He has spoken at a variety of different venues throughout the US from South Dakota to Boston’s Berkeley College of Music.  He was also involved with one of the most successful exhibits at the MFA in Boston (Dangerous Curves – The Art of The Guitar).  Fischer has also contributed to over 50 articles and books in the last 20 years and has donated instruments to different museums.  Brian is now a trustee of one of the largest and most prestigious musical museums in the world (The National Music Museum located on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD).

Brian’s well known passion for vintage guitars varies from the classic icons to the rare and unusual.  Blending that enthusiasm and knowledge with his years of providing the best available technical sound and lighting expertise,  is what continues to drive Ear Craft Music as one of the best music stores in the Northeast. Join us as we get ready to celebrate our 40th  anniversary in 2014.

Stephanie met store owner Brian in 1987 and the rest, as they say, is history. At the time, Brian was running Ear Craft’s original location on 4th Street in Dover with a few part-time employees. In 1998, the couple purchased the retail space at 432 Central Ave, which is now the current home of Ear Craft Music. This location has served the business well, so in 2006 Stephanie stepped away from her twenty year career in health insurance field and joined Ear Craft as Office Manager.

“I work an awesome group of very talented people who are all wonderful musicians. I consider myself very fortunate to call them my co-workers.” When she’s not at Ear Craft, you can find Stephanie running her seasonal antique barn Firebird Farm Antiques, located in Lee, NH. She also is an animal lover and loves spending time with her dog Oscar, three cats, and her Percheron mare Poco.

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