Our footprint in Marshall has grown a little recently. We started with an old building built in 1874 in the downtown area. We restored it and it features a beautiful showroom, several bench rooms and workshops on 3 floors. All situated in the heart of this beautiful town founded in the 1830s. In the summer of '17 we purchased 2 small buildings in the old industrial area of the town, about a 5 minute drive from the downtown shop. Kosuke moved here from Qingdao and we built a fully functional machine shop. We are also restoring a large area for warehousing our cases, small goods, materials and other fun projects we're always getting ourselves into. Please let us know if you'd like to stop by. We love to talk mandos.
Based in Qingdao, China, a coastal city in the north of Mainland China just across the Yellow Sea from South Korea. It's a bustling area and developing industrial site for all of China. It's also a destination city because of its proximity to the ocean and the beautiful mountain landscape that surrounds the city. Qingdao, pronounced "ching-dow," was occupied/colonized by Germans around the turn of the 20th century. Cobble-stoned streets, churches and wooden homes with orange roofs make up a quaint "old-town" in the western part of the city.
Taking a trip to the Ba Da Guan, the city's beach area, transports you to a time long ago and into an environment quite different from the frenzy of modern day China. The weather is perfect for building instruments, with 4 discernible seasons and a climate similar to upstate New York or the lower peninsula of Michigan. Qingdao is also famous for two of our favorite things: Tsingtao Beer (the old spelling of the city name), a well know lager and brewery throughout the world and small sea Clams (Ga La) which are something similar to our cherry-stone clams found on the eastern coast of the United States. So if the woodworking and instrument building doesn't work out for us we'll never go hungry!