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Eastman - The Excitement is Growing, So Is the Company!

Eastman - The Excitement is Growing, So Is the Company!
Eastman is a respected and quality brand, that Golden Music is carrying throughout our store!  From student all the way to professional musical instruments, we are impressed by Eastman and think you will be too!  From the first student instrument to the professional heirloom, the Eastman family of brands, including Eastman, Wm. S. Haynes Co., S.E. Shires Co., Backun Musical Services, and Bourgeois Guitars, is committed to crafting the finest instruments for musicians throughout the world.
Just the Janualy, at the NAMM show, Eastman was awarded Best In Show for their  electric bowed string series Eastman Series Plus.  Series+ is the same traditional instrument that looks, feels, and sounds identical to our other violins, violas, and cellos. Under the hood, however, Series+ has a powerful new capability.  Series+ instruments maintain the traditional sound and style of an acoustic instrument and capture the warm and resonant qualities of the tonewoods. But there's more. An integrated pickup system is embedded in the top of the instrument, and a discrete 3.5 mm jack is used as the end button (for violins and violas and near the endpin for cellos) making it almost unnoticeable.

“We do something called the hip-hop orchestra at our store, and the kids were gluing on pickups to their string instruments in order to participate. This product solves that problem. It’s really about getting our young, budding musicians interested and continuing to play. This product helps reach that younger demographic of players.”
Founded in 1992, Eastman Music Company has a widely respected reputation for quality design and craftsmanship, using the same time-honored techniques introduced nearly 500 years ago. As an extraordinarily diverse company, Eastman is highly regarded for creating some of the finest musical instruments and accessories, and stands at the forefront of the creative development and marketing of instruments heard around the globe.
(pictured Gary Bias - Saxophonist, Earth Wind & Fire)
(pictured Gary Bias - Saxophonist, Earth Wind & Fire).
Eastman's growing reputation for excellence lies in the talent and accomplishment of its designers, makers, and company philosophy, an integral part of the long and storied history of one of the most fascinating musical traditions the world has known.

By the time an Eastman instrument reaches the player, dozens of expert craftspeople have had a hand in bringing it to the peak of its sound, playability, and beauty.

The Eastman workshop operates in precisely the same manner as late 19th century European workshops. Chisels, knives, and scrapers, in the hands of outstandingly gifted craftspeople, are the primary tools used to create these modern instruments.  These techniques impart each model with a beautiful voice and appearance that can only be achieved by hand. As in the shops of master luthiers for the past five hundred years, Eastman honors this tradition everyday.


Qian Ni, an accomplished flutist from Beijing, founded Eastman in 1992 after graduating from the Boston University School of Music. He never imagined that over the course of 30 years, the company would grow from a small business operated out of the back of his car into a global music supplier.

I would load up my car with instruments and drive from city to city selling them to violin shops and music stores. Through this experience and my education, I knew a different approach was needed: to establish a master workshop like centuries past.

                                 Qian Ni, Founder

In 1994, he made a strategic decision that would set the stage for Eastman's dynamic expansion over the next three decades. Instead of running a distribution business, he opened his first master workshop in the mold of these master German luthier workshops. Situated in the outskirts of Beijing, this workshop shaped Eastman Strings reputation for tonal beauty and standard-bearing craftsmanship. The top two luthiers he worked with then are still managing the string shops today.

In the middle of the 20th century, the gravity of world affairs caused many historic workshops to shut down or simply become inaccessible outside their own countries. Consequently, the next generation of student-model string instruments were primarily machine-made, and many musicians would never even experience what it was like to play a quality instrument until they were advanced enough and able to invest in a professional or antique model.

In an effort to reverse this trend, Eastman committed to using hand-held chisels, gouges, and scrapers and put them in the hands of remarkably gifted craftspeople to create the modern instruments and bows known today. Dedicated to the craft and history, Ni is excited to be part of this new chapter in the history of string instruments.

Honoring Heritage

Our traditional approach in our workshops ensures players will receive an instrument of the highest quality regardless of level. Employing the same methods used in workshops over 100 years ago, each instrument resonates with a voice only achieved by these techniques. From the first student instrument to the professional heirloom, Eastman Music Company is committed to crafting the finest instruments for musicians throughout the world.

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