Team

General Manager

Scott Sutherland 

Scott has been entrenched in music and music gear for many years. He has been a guitarist since the age of 15, studying music with Phil Sargent in his hometown of Concord, NH for years. Scott has expanded his musical interests increasingly ever since. Scott was promoted to General Manager of Ear Craft Music in 2021. He also works behind the scenes at the store providing the website with inventory, general content updates, as well as assisting customers in the store and online. Scott is a folk instrument enthusiast and studies a wide variety of  instruments, including the Bowed Dulcimer, Hurdy Gurdy, Oud, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Bass, Drums, and various others. 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.

Sales & Service Team

DJ DePasquale 

DJ DePasquale is the newest member of the team here at Ear Craft Music. With a decade of gigging, teaching, and recording experience, DJ can help you in a variety of avenues in your musical life.

After studying music/guitar at Plymouth State University, DJ, relocated back to his home turf of the NH Seacoast. DJ is an active member of several bands/groups, he stays busy outside of the store with gigs and recording sessions throughout the New England area.

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.