Paul Riggett, the founder of Sterling Musical Instruments, was previously Manufacturing Manager for Boosey & Hawkes Ltd. He handcrafts Sterling euphoniums, tenor horns and cornets from his small workshop in Bedford. His enormous experience and skill in the manufacture and design of professional brass instruments is acknowledged worldwide and is now at the heart of the JP/Sterling range of brass band instruments. Paul is also an accomplished instrumentalist.
Paul Riggett - Sterling
Sterling Musical Instruments has been manufacturing in the UK since 1987, producing brass instruments specifically aimed at the British style brass band. By employing ex-Boosey & Hawkes craftsmen and by producing high quality handmade instruments, the company rapidly established itself in the brass band market in the UK and across the globe. The Smith-Watkins name has always been synonymous with superior design, meticulous attention to detail and excellent quality. Dr Richard Smith worked for Boosey and Hawkes for many years as chief designer and technical manager responsible for the world famous Besson brass range. He designed several Besson Sovereign instruments, including the original trumpets used by trumpet virtuosi Derek Watkins and John Wallace, trombones for Roy Williams and Don Lusher, and the cornets used by most brass and military bands.
Dr Richard Smith - Smith-Watkins
Dr Smith’s research into acoustics, testing and development of brass instruments has been widely publicised in scientific literature and on TV and radio. He is acknowledged as a world leader in this specialist field. All this experience has been utilised in designing vital elements of our range of cornets and trumpets which have become a phenomenon amongst amateurs, professionals and teachers.
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