I took over the shop, Shindhelm Piano House as it was then known, on 1 April 1999.
The company has a long history with pianos. Mr. Shindhelm’s father had a piano factory in East Germany before World War II.
In 1951 the family moved to South Africa to help Mr. Dietman in his piano workshop. This later became the piano factory in Wellington where they started building new pianos in the mid fifties.
In 1954 Mr. George Shindhelm left the company to build a business of his own. In the late sixties he obtained school contracts from the then Cape Department for Schools.
Shortly afterwards, he opened a shop in Bellville. I started working for the company in May 1973 after training at the School for the Blind as a piano tuner technician. I worked there until 1979.
Before taking over the shop in 1999 I worked from home and opened a workshop in Goodwood.
After a few years of owning the shop, I found that the place became too crowded, so when the shop next door was vacated, I obtained those premises as well.
I linked the two shops and started selling other musical instruments in addition to pianos.
In April of 2010 I closed the shop due to it becoming too cumbersome, and streamlined my operation. I have subsequently moved the business to my house in Bothasig and now work from home.
I do however not stock other instruments although I can still supply instruments at a low price as I do not have the daily expenses most dealers have to cover. Later this year I am going to have some building renovations done and will add a showroom andl more working space.