We don't have regular store hours, as
we are too busy making instruments. However if you would like to visit
us to try out instruments before purchasing, or to see our workshop, call for
an appointment and directions.
Ralph Sweet: President/owner, designer and instrument maker, retired physics teacher, caller and teacher of contra and square dancing, fifer and drummer since 1946.
Hear Joseph play:
Joseph is our shop foreman,
in charge of scheduling production. He does wood turning, boring, sanding, voicing of whistles, and more. Joseph has been a member of four fife and drum corps, and a fife instructor for 8 corps. He is a military music historian focused on fife and drum, 18th century and earlier. He has played mandolin, fife, and whistle with several folk bands, including the Wild Colonial Boys, and still plays with The Jovial Crew every Monday evening at the Griswold Inn, of Essex, CT. and more. He perfected his skills for 14 years as the fife-maker at Cooperman Fife & Drum Co.