Angela Waltner Guitar Maker, my influences
Test everything, hold fast to what is good. Saint Paul

Growing up with alpine music and playing the zither inspired me to become a plucked instrument maker and finally a guitarmaker.

I have dedicated much time to studying and listening to old and new approaches to guitarmaking over the years. Spanish guitarmaking has been a key influence in my work, as has my time spent restoring 19th century French guitars and my research into the life and work of Richard Jacob ‘Weißgerber’. I achieved important inspiration from several instruments of Hermann Hauser. My deep respect for the achievements of the old masters, coupled with an exploration of innovative designs and scientific advances have come together to form my own approach, which continues to develop and mature year for year.

I also play the guitar myself which gives me the ability of a sound controll by hands and by ear. My instruments are the product of a continual process of critical exchange with high-class musicians. Additionally I am a discriminating listener of music, which gives me essential insights into the guitar and its unique sound.

Many people have helped and supported me along the way. My most important teachers and mentors were Kuno Schaub, Prof. Dr. Andreas Michel, Benno Streu, Karl Sandvoss and Prof. Frank Hill. My heart feels thanks to all of them.