ntroducing our Ovation Dealers - Today: Musikhaus Kirstein from Schongau, Upper Bavaria
How did you get to open your store? What is the story behind it?
Our boss Klaus - a full-blooded musician himself, by the way - opened the store in the old town of Schongau at the end of the 1980s. In the early days, it was a really manageable, small team that took care of the also manageable, small music store Kirstein. Today, some 35 years later, several people from the original "initial team" are still working for us; that's really cool and is definitely also a sign of how connected we all feel to our music store. We haven't been in the old town of Schongau for a long time now, there simply wasn't enough space. That's why we've been in Schongau's industrial park since 1996, and what was just a handful of employees has now grown into around 170 colleagues who put their heart and soul into looking after the store, our online store and, of course, our warehouse/logistics.
Which highlights in your store would you like to tell us about?
Oh, that's a good question, but it's also really difficult to answer, because in our entire Kirstein history, so many incredibly great things have happened. We had so many brilliant musicians who were our guests ... and funny or crazy incidents fortunately still give us grins, loud laughs and good humor again and again. - What was certainly one of the highlights for us was the in-house exhibition we held in 2017 to celebrate our 30th anniversary. For several days, it was music and guests until they dropped! Workshops, concerts, instrument exhibitions, wherever you looked ... that was extremely cool, but of course also super elaborate and exhausting. But hey - you don't turn 30 every day!
Why do you sell Ovation Guitars and what do you think is unique about this brand?
Ovation is clearly an absolute traditional brand with a long and successful history, many famous players and still has a groundbreaking and uncomplicated technology in live use. No question: no well-stocked music retailer can do without a brand like Ovation, that's for sure!